NDP Social sector consultations held in Mogadishu

A social sector consultation workshop was successfully organized between 10 – 12 July at AMISOM VIP Meeting Hall. The workshop was attended by senior government officials at federal and state levels respresenting the key social sectors as well as civil society, non-governmental organizations, united nations agencies and donors.

The overall objective of the consultation workshop was to finalize and validate the draft Social Chapter of the NDP with social sectors’ stakeholders at national and sub-national levels.

The specific objectives of the consultation workshop were:

  1. To review and agree draft social sector plan and results framework of key social sectors (health, nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation, education, youth and sports);
  2. To estimate the budget (resource envelope) requiered to fund the social sectoral plans; and
  • To identify available funding and ongoing interventions with development and implementing partners and ensure their alignment with the corresponding social sectoral plans of the NDP;

During the three days, the forum has thoroughly reviewed and updated the draft plans and result-framework of the social sectors’ of the NDP (health, nutrition, education, labour and employment, water, hygiene and sanitation, youth and sports); discussed and agreed the resources required to fund the social sector plans of the NDP; and discussed the possibilities to share information on available funding and ongoing interventions by development and implementing partners.

The consultation workshop was organized and spearheaded by MOPIC with UNDP Somalia support and UNICEF.

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Procurement Name: Printing NDP Draft

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Bid Closing Date: 16 June 2016 at 16:00 pm local time

MOPIC conducts workshop for Somali Women and their role on the National Development Plan

The Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MOPIC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Women & Human Rights Development, with the support of UNDP and the New Deal Facility, has organized the workshop “Somalia towards Sustainable Development : The Role of Women in the National Development Plan” on 5 June at the Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu.

The workshop has brought together 62 participants representing women’s groups of the sub-federal states of Puntland, Galmudug, Hiiraan/Middle Shabelle, South-West Somalia and Jubbaland, as well as of the region of Banaadir, as well as government officers from key ministries of the Federal Government of Somalia and UNDP. 67% of the participants were women.

The objective of the event has been to raise awareness of Somali women on the National Development Plan and identify their priorities so that they are included paving the way for further work on women’s empowerment in NDP implementation.

Her Excellence, Zahra Mohamed Samatar, the minster of women and Human rights has officially opened the workshop.  Speaking at the opening, the minister noted that she is very delighted to see women specific consultation on National Development Plan. This initiative alone mirrors a progressive change in relation to equal participation of women in national plans and processes she said. Her Excellency noted that she is pleased to see the diverse state level representation in the workshop and urged the participants to take this exercise serious and provide solid input to ensure that women’s priorities are reflected in the NDP. She noted: “we have all been complaining about how the New Deal relegated gender and human right priorities; we have to make it clear now that that our priorities and voices can no longer be marginal; we want to assign that in the past and make new chapter”. Finally, she expressed her gratitude to the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation in organizing this workshop and thanked to UNDP for supporting the initiative.

The deputy Minister of Planning & International Cooperation also made opening remarks. The minister highlighted the objectives of the workshop and reiterated his ministry’s commitment to make sure that national development planning process is inclusive and representative. The minister mentioned that MOPIC has been doing consultation widely across regions, but this one is integral as far as inclusiveness is concerned. “Your (women) perspectives is essential and will be part and parcel of the NDP”.

Presentations were made on updates of the National Development Plan and elaborated the pillars of the NDP.  Then participants has broken down into 5 working groups, on for each of the NDP pillars. Each group have deliberated about women’s priorities and how women groups can meaningfully participate in each sector. The main findings of the working groups have been presented and documented.

The workshop was closed by Mr. Abdi Dirshe, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation, who has pointed out that women have played and will continue playing a critical role in Somalia. They have played a tremendous role in peace-building and reconstruction. Dirshe expressed his appreciation to witness women deliberating on national priorities and was impressed by how the participants spoke about the workshop and articulated their priorities.

“I have listened to your presentations and witnessed that you have clearly indicated that women’s participation in national development processes and representation in national decision making bodies  should be institutionalized and legislated; and I will assure you that your inputs will be used to enrich the NDP” Mr Dirshe addressed in his closing speech.

National consultation with key stakeholders in advancing South-South cooperation in the Federal Republic of Somalia

Somalia’s economy is dominated by the informal sector and is predominantly based on agriculture and livestock, which accounts for about 65 percent of the GDP and employment of the workforce.

The stock-taking exercise mission to Somalia commenced on 29th May 2016. Preparatory meeting was held on 30 May with the national Focal Point on South-South Cooperation and followed by a consultative meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Planning & International cooperation and Ministry of Foreign affairs. Consultations addressed the important issues on establishing strong civil institutions and internal coordination in achieving the objectives of South-South cooperation.

Two major consultative meetings were held on 31 May and 1 June respectively, involving the 8 line ministries and being chaired by the Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC). The 7 PSs and 40 senior officials from key line ministries closely relevant to SSC raised their issues, concerns and expectations from the SSC.

A presentation “Trends and Opportunities in Advancing South-South and Triangular Cooperation in The Federal Republic of Somalia” was introduced by the regional advisor for UNOSSC.

Joint meeting held on 1 June brought together representatives of the civil society institutions and the private sector. Such critical issues, as the way of addressing the balance between the government, civil society and the private sector, as well building trust between them, were addressed during the meeting, In this regard the mechanism of the Public Private Partnership was presented as an effective tool for policy dialogue.

MOPIC meets with World Bank on Household Survey Data Presentation

The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation with the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Government of Somalia had very productive meeting with the World Bank today, discussing the outcome of the recent Household Survey jointly conducted across Somalia. This is ground breaking survey that will allow policy makers to respond to the needs of the Somali people effectively given the available poverty and labour related data. This data will be reflected in the upcoming National Development Plan, which will have specific intervention plans for the high unemployment rate among the youth and strategies for the persistent poverty that exists across the country.

The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Abdullahi Sh. Ali  and the World Bank County Director,  Mr. Hugh Riddell who attended this meeting praised this ground breaking data.

More details of this data will follow in the coming days.

Ministry of Planning Meets with Ministry of International Cooperation of Egypt

The Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation of the Federal Government of Somalia meets in Cairo Egypt his counterpart Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt.

Egypt–Somalia relations are bilateral relations between Egypt and Somalia. Both nations are Arab League members and engage in close development cooperation. Somalia also has an embassy in Cairo, and Egypt is slated to reopen its embassy in Mogadishu.

The governments of Egypt and Somalia engage in close development cooperation. Much of this work is channeled through the Arab League and the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa. In conjunction with the Somali Government Institutions, the Egyptian authorities also organized diplomatic training for Somali government officials.

The two parts agreed to make sure to promote a deeper collaboration and set up   high-level committee between both countries that meets periodically.

MOPIC holds NGO Consultative Forum in Mogadishu

Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of the Federal Government of Somalia along with Somalia NGO Consortium held one day NGO consultative forum in Mogadishu to discuss the Development of the National Plan.

“There was a perception that the government was antagonistic towards NGOs but the government wants the people to benefit from the activities of the NGOs. The NDP will have priorities and the government wants the NDP to be a reference book for NGOs. The government has decided that this plan would be from the people and to the people and it’s a very participatory plan” said H.E Abdi Dirshe the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in his opening remarks.

Abdurahman Sharif Director of Somali NGO consortium addressed in his remarks “The discussion is how to coordinate the activities to Somalia between the NGO’s and the Government and all NGO’s are ready to work with MoPIC regarding the NDP.

The NGO consortiums had regular engagements with the Somali government since June 2015. More and more NGOs are basing in Mogadishu so it is a good sign that things are changing”

 A very important milestone reached as a result of this meeting and it is a good base to move forward and here are the way forward that came out of the meeting

  • A project board should be put together that brings NGOs, government, and other interest groups together
  • The final reports has to say that the government has a lead on the process and must be acknowledged
  • Government is here to assist, support and play a more active role in facilitating NGO activities

EU launches 9 new projects in support of Civil Society and Human Rights in Somalia

Today, the European Union (EU) jointly with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation ofthe Federal Government of Somalia launched 9 new Civil Society projects.

These projects will be implemented by 7 international agencies and 11 local non-governmental organizations. The projects are worth EUR 8 million and aim to support effective civil society engagement for the achievement of Peacebuilding and State-building Goals of the Somali New Deal Compact.

Through this new funding from the EU, the role of civil society to contribute to a stable foundation for peace and state-building processes will be enhanced. They will do this through community-based reconciliation processes that restore trust between communities and address root causes of conflict and long-standing grievances, while increasing accountability.

“The EU has a long-standing relationship and cooperation with civil society organizations and other non-state actors in Somalia using a variety of financing instruments and programmes at its disposal. In the framework of the thematic programme for Civil Society organizations and Local Authorities (CSO-
LA) and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in the period of 2012 –2015, the EU invested over EUR 20 million in the civil society in Somalia. As a result, the EU was ableto play a key role in supporting the establishment and consolidation of the civil society actors and in capacitating them to make informed contributions to policy decisions in the areas of governance and human rights protection.,” said the EU Ambassador and Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso.

He further noted the role of the civil society for the development of a responsive, inclusive, transparent and accountable governance of the State and the importance of building a partnership between the State institutions and the civil society for a stable, inclusive and prosperous Somalia.

In his introductory remarks, Honourable Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, noted that “the Federal Government welcomes EU support to strengthen civil

MoPIC Hosts Monthly DGs meeting

The Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation (MOPIC) gathered all Federal Government of Somalia ministries for Government Coordination meeting, setting a course to improve internal government accountability and efficiency.

Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation H.E Abdullahi Sheikh the backbone to deliver government services and cooperation among all government entities is critical. Because no single institution can tackle the challenges facing Somalia alone, delivery of an affective service requires the cooperation at all levels of government,” said MOPIC Deputy Minister Abdullahi Sheikh Ali.

The meeting was exclusively for DG/PS level and Planning Directorates of FGS ministries and over 78 civil servants were in attendance.

“The large attendance is encouraging and loudly states that institutions recognize the need to work together, provide clear and joined response to complex policy challenges and provide seamless services to the people,” said MOPIC Permanent Secretary Abdi Dirshe.

Presentations were made by some of the DGs from different ministries and demonstrated some of their achievements and way forward as well as their commitment and support to the National Development Plan.