Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project with Somalia: First new technical cooperation project in 26 years to improve the environment supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship

On September 26, 2017, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, for the Youth Employment Project for Somalia, a technical cooperation project.

MNThe project will support the formulation of development plans for industries that create employment opportunities and a human resource development plan toward advancing youth employment in Somalia. The project will also provide human resource training for trainers of educational and vocational training agencies and for start-up and existing companies in the private sector.

With long-running conflict in Somalia since 1991, the state has not adequately protected the socially vulnerable. Among the challenges is that adequate employment opportunities are not being provided to the young under 30, who compose approximately 70 percent of the population. As a result of inadequate work, some young people have turned to piracy and armed rebel organizations to obtain food for daily living. It is therefore urgent that the government take the lead by formulating a policy to improve the environment that supports youth employment and entrepreneurship.

Building on the outcome of the Youth Employment Baseline Study for Somalia, which was carried out by JICA from 2013 to 2015, the project is the first technical cooperation in Somalia in 26 years, since the Barre administration collapsed in 1991. It is expected that the project will improve the environment supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship and create more job opportunities for the youth in Somalia in the future.

In addition to this project, JICA is carrying out training in third countries and Japan, advancing initiatives to stimulate domestic industry, and supporting the consolidation of peace and socioeconomic stability in Somalia.

Somalia launches Post Disaster Needs Assessment and Recovery and Resilience Framework and as first step towards long term resilience and risk reduction

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Mogadishu, September 18, 2017. The Federal Government of Somalia has today launched a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF) to analyze the recurrent impact of drought in the country. The assessment will be a vital first step in enabling Somalia to transition from humanitarian intervention towards sustainable recovery and disaster preparedness. The Government led initiative is supported by the United Nations, the World Bank and European Union

A prolonged drought currently affecting Somalia has resulted in over 895,000 people displaced since 2016 and in 2011 a widespread famine due to drought resulted in the deaths of a quarter of a million Somali people. Ongoing, scaled up and coordinated humanitarian response from the Government, Somali public, international community and NGOs, has meant that there is a chance that a 2017 famine may be averted, although the effects of drought are still severe. Such cycles of drought requiring lifesaving humanitarian response are devastating and prevent Somalia from achieving long term development gains.

The Government led PDNA to be followed by RRF will allow Government at both Federal and Member State levels, as well as Somali communities, civil society, and international partners, to identify long-term durable solutions that address the root causes of recurrent crises. These solutions can allow Federal Government and Federal Member States, while ensuring the delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance to Somali people, to also build resilience to disaster, reinforce disaster management and crises response capacity, and increase ability to respond to long term climate change.

It is envisioned that successful completion of the Government owned initiative, planned for the end of 2017, will then lead to the development of a framework for multi-sectoral recovery, and longer-term resilience and risk reduction in the country.

The Federal Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) is the government agency charged with the responsibilities of translating the socio-economic vision of the country into a macroeconomic stability and sustainable growth. It spearheads the overarching national planning and coordination of sector-wide development through improved resource planning and effective service delivery. The Ministry, in partnership with line-ministries, private sector and development partners promotes enabling environment for sustainable development, employment and economic growth. The Ministry has undergone a radical reform and restructuring in order to meet the wider expectations of post-conflict recovery and reconstruction agenda. For more information please visit: