First RE-INTEG Programme Steering Committee meeting held in Mogadishu: EU and MoPIED addressed needs of IDPs, refugees and host communities in Somalia.
H.E. Gamal Hassan, Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development and Ms Pilar Palmero, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Somalia co-chaired the first Programme Steering Committee of the REINTEG programme in Mogadishu on 15 January. The steering committee put emphasis on the achievements and challenges of the nine ongoing projects aiming to strengthen access to basic services and livelihood opportunities of displacement affected communities and improve management of mixed migration flows in Somalia.
The Government of Somalia, Federal Member States and Benadir Regional Administration are fully involved in these projects and took part in the meeting to ensure the ownership and sustainability of the activities.
“As a Ministry, I should highlight that the effectiveness of our response towards the reintegration and the target populations is ultimately a test to all our planning; be it for economic growth, job creations, investments or simply planning for food security.” – H.E. Gamal Hassan, Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development.
“The sheer size of the investment in this programme – 50 Million Euro – together with regional programmes and humanitarian support shows the commitment the EU attaches to the issues of displacement and migration management.” – Pilar Palmero, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Somalia.
Significant results have already been reached
In December 2015, RE-INTEG: Enhancing Somalia’s responsiveness to the management and reintegration of mixed migration flows for Somalia was approved as a flagship project for the European Union and it represents the biggest comprehensive investment in durable solutions and migration management in Somalia.
Some of the key achievements so far include:
- 26,492 deportees have been assisted with reception services;
- 14,224 returnees have been registered;
- 1,100 displacement affected community members have benefitted from cash for work;
- 16 schools serving displacement affected communities have been rehabilitated;
- 23,439 returnee, IDP and host community children enrolled in schools and supported with school fees.
Evictions as a threat to durable solutions
In the meeting the EU highlighted the risk that forced evictions represent for the cooperation on durable solutions, as demonstrated during the mass evictions that took place in Mogadishu on 29-30 December 2017 when 4,000 households were evicted and considerable investments by the international community destroyed.
The EU Delegation stressed that a full and transparent investigation into how these evictions took place is needed and asked the Government to adopt a regulatory framework to ensure that evictions are lawful and carried out in a way that guarantees the protection, rights and dignity of vulnerable Somalis. The Delegation also urged the Government on all levels to show responsibility and take leadership on this issue, and be accountable to the population.
Background on the RE-INTEG Programme
The €50 million RE-INTEG Programme is funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and the specific objective of the programme is to support sustainable (re)integration of refugees, returnees and IDPs in Somalia. The projects are be implemented by Norwegian Refugee Council in Jubaland, Concern Worldwide in South West, UN Habitat in Banadir, CARE in Galmudug and Puntland and World Vision International in Somaliland, while IDLO, IOM and UNHCR implement RE-INTEG projects in several regions of Somalia.