For the first time since the 1980’s –Federal and State government are preparing a national development plan. It provided an opportunity last week for the government to meet and consult its local NGOs and international development partners to finalise the Resilience Chapter of the National Development Plan.

“We are very pleased to finally have this opportunity. We are very pleased to see the number of partners who have joined us today. These are people who recognise the importance of the resilience chapter to the NDP and to the development of Somalia” said Mr. Abdi Dirshe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in his opening remarks

The resilience pillar of the NDP plays and important and complementary role in the National Development Plan. It is the chapter developed to ensure that development is equitable and development is risk. It is there to ensure all Somali’s benefit from peace and prosperity by linking the current humanitarian caseload to the developmental priorities; ensuring the poor and most vulnerable access economic opportunities and basic services; leading efforts to see that the economy and society prepares and manages risks and shocks as well as ensuring a local capacity to respond and manage crisis exists.

The two-day consultation, was hosted by MoPIC in Mogadishu from July 24 to 25.

Mr. Abdi Mohammed Bafo, National Resilience Focal Point  recognised the broad participation across Federal and State government, the presence of donors, local and international NGOs and UN agencies. He emphasized the importance that Somalia should be increasingly able to manage– droughts, floods, disease and conflict in order to protect its development and peace gains.

This Resilience Chapter is about moving from a reactive approach to a proactive one… resiliency is the will to survive and claim his/her rights to be members of just and equitable society, advised Mr Mohammed Moalim, Resilience Pillar Focal Point, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation. He outlined the seven elements of the Resilience Chapter: Mixed Migration (Tahriib), Durable Solutions for the IDPs and returnees, Disaster management, Diaspora Strategy (remittances, knowledge transfer, investment), Climate change & Environment (Natural Resource Management), Social Protection (Poverty Reduction, economic growth), Food Security and nutrition (availability, accessibility, prices) which will work together in a common goal – to ensure that development is inclusive and risk informed.

Mr Dalmar Hassan, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation emphasised that the resilience chapter was designed to transition the country from relief to development. The Chairman of the Disaster Management Agency,Abdullahi MohamedJim’ale applauded MoPIC for leading a process which for the first time in years is uniting all levels of the federal states together with the federal government. He also voiced his belief in the enormous potential for Somalia, but for that potential to be realised, it must prevent and manage the emergencies which are wrought by conflict, flood, drought and disease. The evolution of the nation’s own disaster management agency and the Resilience Chapter of the NDP is an important step towards seeing that change come about.

Mr. Abdi Dirshe spoke to the audience giving practical examples of how he believed that the Resilience Pillar could play a role in the development of the country. He hopes to see the Environment section provide leadership which will manage charcoal production and protect the forests. He wants the Social Protection section help young people to integrate into the economy, society and made a decent living. He wants to see the IDP/Returnees section can ensure the reintegration and return to Somali society and economy. He expects guidance in the mixed migration section to help young people see a future at home and stem tahrib. He believes they are many forms of insecurity, including food security, undermining the ability of common Somali’s to provide for their families. He wanted to see DMA to lead on not only responding to crises but to be a proactive force to prevent crises. In the diaspora section, he expects guidance on how members of the diaspora, like himself, can have opportunities for to engage, invest and build the country.

It was also an opportunity to discuss plans and results to be achieved under this Chapter and to prepare preliminary budgets.

The two days of the consultation allowed national and sub-national stakeholders to comment, approve and produce revisions to the current draft of the Resilience Chapter. Partners also identified key targets and outcomes to be achieved from 2017 to 2019, as well as plans, priorities, and to prepare preliminary budgets and identify budget gaps. Development and implementing partners identified ongoing programs and projects which should ensure their alignment with the strategies and priorities in the different sections of the Chapter. MOPIC will refer to these contributions as it prepares the final draft of the Chapter.

Over 70 people attended over the two days of consultations. 31 of the participants represented seven branches of federal government, and two state governments, six donors were present, 21 local and international NGOs and 9 UN offices participated.