Press Release – Somalia Starts Drought Impact Needs Assessment, global experts convene in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 9th October.  High-level technical experts from around the world have met this weekend in Mogadishu to kickstart a Government-led Drought Impact Needs Assessment (DINA), which will identify the drivers and impact of recurrent drought, and outline long-term solutions that can prevent famine as a result of drought. The assessment will be followed by the development of a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF) to address the identified needs. Both the assessment and framework will enable preventative developmental solutions to be carried out alongside the delivery of humanitarian relief, so that Somalia may be able to transition towards sustainable recovery and disaster preparedness.

The assessment and framework exercises have been initiated and will be carried out by the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States under the Government’s National Development Plan, with the support of the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).

The three-day meeting, which opened on Saturday, has seen government officials at both federal and member states levels, together with World Bank, EU and UN experts, discuss the next steps in gathering data on drought impact and needs of Somali people as a result of drought, in sectors such as livestock, agriculture, water infrastructure and food security. The exercise will build on data already gathered from across the country by government authorities and humanitarian and development agencies. The assessment and framework will look at and prioritise needs in both the rural and urban areas of Somalia as well as identify further durable solutions for protracted and newly displaced persons within the country.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Mr. Jamal Hassan, said the expectations of the Ministry and the Government for the assessment and framework are high. “We hope the Recovery and Resilience Framework that will be developed from DINA will bring a comprehensive mechanism that we, the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States, will utilize in order to mitigate the negative impacts of drought that we are still facing,” he said.

The Federal Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Hamoud Ali Hasan, said the time was right to begin looking at and implementing long-term preventative solutions that reduce vulnerability to drought in Somalia.

“Fortunately, we are at a stage now where we have stronger systems and administrations in place, we have stronger Federal Government and Federal Member State Governments to lead the process, and we have international partners and technical experts gathered here & dedicated to helping those affected by drought in the country.  So we can begin to start putting an end to these recurrent droughts and famine in Somalia,” he said.

The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, highlighted that it was vital to continue to provide humanitarian assistance while at the same time working to ensure a drought would never again turn into famine. “We do not see humanitarian and development issues as sequential – or following each other – we are in the middle of a drought and therefore we see these two processes as completely interlinked with each other,” he said.

Mr. de Clercq also highlighted the progress made by Somalia since the 2011 famine, including the launch of the Government’s National Development Plan. “There is an opportunity to take a leap forward in this country, to start focusing on sustainable solutions and sustainable development. The National Development Plan is a fantastic roadmap for that, and we have institutions and mechanisms that have been built up since 2011 that can manage development and humanitarian cooperation in this country,” he added.

Mr. Matthias Mayr of the World Bank congratulated the Government, Federal Member States, the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, for their work as champions of recovery and long-term development, and their leadership in launching the exercise. He underlined that the objective of the exercise was to gain concrete information and solutions to address the issues faced by Somali people impacted by drought.

“We have brought experts here who have done these exercises all around the world. We are very happy that we have a solid team with us here. We aim to engage a variety of stakeholders, from the Federal Member States, from the areas most affected by the drought, and prioritize a number of important issues that we can tackle collectively in partnership,” he said.

Mr. Fulgencio Garrido-Ruiz, speaking on behalf of the European Union, reiterated that the mobilization of the Government of Somalia and international partners in response to the drought has been exemplary. “To ensure that our response has the most impact we need to assess the damages and losses caused by the drought and identify needs, and with that inform our investments and efforts so that we can build national capacity and resilience of Somali citizens. The EU is very proud to be part of this exercise,” Mr. Garrido-Ruiz said.

The Drought Impact Needs Assessment and development of the Recovery and Resilience Framework is scheduled for completion by December 2017.

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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.

Vacancy Announcement – Economic Development Advisor

The Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral Ministries of the Federal Government and Federal Member States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets out priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 – 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context.

As per decision announced at the May 11 London Conference in 2017, the NDP builds on the achievements of the New Deal Compact, maintaining a slightly modified oversight, planning and coordination architecture as well as the link between political, security and development priorities. It also addresses the aid management and coordination, development effectiveness and New Deal principles for engagement in fragile states. It is a priority for the Federal Government of Somalia to ensure coherence and continuity between the ended Somali Compact and the NDP, both in terms of development and reconstruction priorities and of use of existing coordination structures, funding and implementation mechanisms. please click here to download and apply

Vacancy Announcement – Investment Advisor

The Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral Ministries of the Federal Government and Federal Member States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets out priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 – 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context.

As per decision announced at the May 11 London Conference in 2017, the NDP builds on the achievements of the New Deal Compact, maintaining a slightly modified oversight, planning and coordination architecture as well as the link between political, security and development priorities. It also addresses the aid management and coordination, development effectiveness and New Deal principles for engagement in fragile states. It is a priority for the Federal Government of Somalia to ensure coherence and continuity between the ended Somali Compact and the NDP, both in terms of development and reconstruction priorities and of use of existing coordination structures, funding and implementation mechanisms. please click here to download and apply

 

Vacancy Announcement – Senior Planning Advisor

Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral ministries of the Federal Government and Federal Member States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets out priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 – 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context. Please click this link to apply

 

Vacancy Announcement – Economic Research Advisor

Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) has completed developing a new National Development Plan (NDP), the first in a period of 30 years. The NDP has been formulated through an inclusive and transparent process while engaging sectoral ministries of the Federal Government and Federal Member States, civil society, parliament and academia as well as the international development partners. The plan sets out priorities for Somalia for the period 2017 – 2019 and embeds sustainable development goals, adapting them to the national context. Please click this link to apply

 

Aid Architecture Workshop

Aid Architecture Workshop organized by the Aid Coordination Unit (ACU) held in Mogadishu.

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The workshop was chaired by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Planning, Investment & Economic Development.

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International donors, foreign missions in Mogadishu, federal member states and federal level ministries were attended the workshop. international donors in Nairobi were live-streaming in the workshop too.

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Heated discussions about the role of the National Development Council (NDC) in the Aid structure took place.

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Director General of the Planning directorate of the MOPIED Abdulkadir illustrated that the NDC empowers the Somali-led, Somali-own process.

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Somalia celebrates Europe Day with EU, signs first Financial Agreement as National Authorizing Officer

All around the world, on 9th of May, the EU family celebrates Europe Day in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration.

The European Union Delegation to Somalia and EU Missions and Member States were joined by the Somalia Federal Government and friends of the EU in celebrations to mark Europe Day at a colorful event in Mogadishu.

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EU Ambassador to Somalia Veronica welcomed H.E. Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Jawari as the Chief Guest at the Europe Day reception. The reception was attended by senior Somali government officials, European Union Members States, the EU’s civilian and military missions, Somali and international partners and friends of the EU in Somalia.

H.E Jawari addressed in his speech “The cooperation between the European Union and Somalia covers a wide range of activities, including political, economic and peace and security elements. Our relationship covers political engagement, development cooperation and policy dialogue, as well as military cooperation and support in the form of  Humanitarian Aid. We recognise the EU as one of the lead actors supporting Somalia’s stabilization and recovery. Our development cooperation currently covers several priority areas including, state and peace building, the revitalisation and expansion of the Somali economy as well as the provision of essential public services to the population”.

After the celebration of Europe day, Minister of Planning H.E Gamal Hassan signs with the EU the first Financial Agreement with EU as National Authorizing Officer NAO.

the Minister said in his remarks “Financing agreement for the new Education project.  This is one of a series of four new projects, with a total value of some 100 million EURO, that we shall formalise in the coming weeks. Significantly this is also the first time that a I shall sign a Financing agreement as National Authorising Officer, representing the Federal Government of Somalia, and on Somali soil. The government has noted with a degree of satisfaction the results of the Mid Term Review of the cooperation with the EU and the increase in the allocation that has resulted from it. We are looking forward to working with the EU Delegation, in conjunction with our line Ministries and Regional Authorities, in determining its use”.

EU engagement has intensified over the years, with the EU remaining the largest donors in terms of political engagement as well as in the provision of humanitarian and development support. Much of the EU assistance  to our nation is  provided indirectly, through third parties, but it is noted. Our  figures indicate that the EU has provided more than 1.2 Billion Euro to the nation over the past few years as grants for development activities.

 

Monthly Federal Line Ministries meeting held – NDP Implementation Discussed

The ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development of the Federal Government of Somalia started to host monthly line ministries meeting which is a platform that federal ministries discuss their policies and Programs on a monthly basis. The meeting was attended by Director Generals, Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Planning of all line ministries.

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The Minister of Planning H.E Gamal Hassan opened the meeting by addressing the importance of the Plan implementation. He said in his opening remarks “We are delighted to inform you that we have now completed the NDP Pillar committees and sub-working committees after more than two months of laborious work. We wish take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who have played a role in putting together Somalia’s first NDP in 30 years. Together, we are, indeed, on the cusp of transforming Somalia’s development agenda”.

 

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Presentations were made regarding the NDP Pillar committees and their lead agencies.

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RNE Bilateral Stabilization program Steering Committee meeting

The Deputy Ambassador of Norway to Somalia opened the meeting thanking Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED) for their cooperation in the procurement process to select an implementer for embassy’s new three-year Programme in Somalia. He noted that the collaboration set a good tone for a strong partnership between the government of Norway and the government of Somalia.

The Deputy  Ambassador gave a brief overview of the main pillars of Norway’s bilateral engagement in Somalia, including ongoing activities aiming at mapping the possibilities of starting up a OfD-program, and underlined the need to ensure that the Norwegian engagement is in line with Somalia’s priorities.

H.E Minister of Planning Gamal Hassan opened his comments by expressing his satisfaction to see the Norwegian programme that would be focusing on how renewable energy technologies can be used in the creation of employment and new resources for the country. He noted that these priorities will help to support the aims of Somalia’s National Development Plan (NDP).

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alaspresentation1H.E Minister Gamal “Somalia is currently facing many challenges that needs to be tackled urgently and simultaneously, these might include security, peace, reconciliation and state building. But there is also major economic issue for Somalia which is electricity” he said in his remarks. “No investment in Somalia could pay the social, environmental, and economic dividends that improvements in electricity services can pay” he added.

This programme has a strategy to assist local authorities to deliver infrastructural improvements that directly impact on the livelihoods of the people they are governing in order, to create stability. The programme assisted local authorities to engage with targeted communities to establish solar streetlight systems in the districts of Wadajir Benadir and Afgoye. The program has different components including Labour intensive projects and Youth Technical Vocational Education Training Component called TVET.