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

Press Release
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: mopic.gov.so

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Somalia Launches First National Development Plan in 30 Years

PRESS RELEASE

Mogadishu, Somalia

The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has today launched the first draft of the first National Development Plan (NDP) in 30 years after successfully implementing the New Deal Compact for Somalia for three years.

“This is a major milestone for Somalia and its development agenda,” said Abdi Aynte, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, whose ministry prepared the draft. “The NDP is the strongest signal yet that Somalia has now entered a development stage after decades of state collapse and a shattered economy. The historic nature of achieving this momentous task, notwithstanding very limited state capacity, can not be understated.”

Minister Aynte said the NDP covers three fiscal years (2017-2019) and is compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Interim Poverty Reduction Paper (iPRSP), both global frameworks for poverty alleviation and economic growth. He added that the four overarching objectives of the NDP are:

  1. a) To quantitatively reduce abject poverty by reviving key economic sectors such as livestock, farming, fishing, ICT, finance and banking
  2. b) To repair vital infrastructure, starting with clean energy and water, economic beltways, ports and airports
  3. c) To qualitatively strengthen state capacity by reforming and streamlining the public administration sector
  4. d) To sustain political inclusivity, accelerate security sector reform and strengthen the rule of law across federal and state levels

“Due to the unique nature of Somalia, this NDP is inclusive of politics, security and the rule of law,” said Aynte. “We must compliment and sustain the demonstrable progress made over the past three years under the New Deal Compact for Somalia.”

The Compact expires in 2016, and the NDP is designed to pick up from where the Compact leaves, said Minister Aynte. He added that the FGS made an agreement with its international partners, through a ‘Mutual Accountability Framework’, to maintain close working relationship during the lifespan of the NDP.

Minister Aynte said the NDP is based on extensive consultations with many stakeholders, starting with federal member states. The team from the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC) traveled to all existing member states (except Somaliland) and conducted consultations with state and local governments, as well as civil society, with special focus on women and youth groups, and the private sector.

According to the Population Estimate Survey for Somalia, which was released in 2015, over 70% of Somalia’s 12.3 million people are under the age of 30, and slightly over 50% are female. Furthermore, about 11% of Somalia’s population is Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) spread across the country.

“We mainstreamed gender throughout the NDP, thanks to a close collaboration with our Ministry of Gender and Human Rights and UN Women,” said Minister Aynte. “But more than anything else, the NDP caters to the youth—Somalia’s largest group. We believe that the youth bulge in our country poses great deal of risks, but it can also become an advantage to our economy and the vibrancy of our society. In addition, we have a strong component in the NDP tailored for the most vulnerable part of our population: IDPs. It’s called ‘Durable Solutions for the Displaced.’”

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud welcomed the launch of the NDP.

“This is by far one of the greatest achievements of my administration,” said President Mohamud. “Our legacy will be that we were able to define our development priorities in a way that promotes tangible economic growth and resilient communities. The NDP unlocks Somalia’s economic potential by introducing innovative solutions to persistent impediments. ”

Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke echoed the President’s remarks:

“That we were able to craft such a comprehensive NDP in such a short time speaks to the determination of my cabinet,” he said, adding: “We must now translate the NDP into bankable projects and commit state institutions to cooperate on implementation.”

The MoPIC intends to launch a second round of consultations to improve the first draft of the NDP. It anticipates to finalize the NDP by August. The Ministry intends to release the finalized NDP, along with annexes detailing costs, management and implementation plan and monitoring and evaluations framework.

You can download the summary of the NDP in the link below

national-development-plan-summary

Press Release regarding HLPF

Broad support for Somalia’s National Development Plan during the HLPF.
As the new deal is slated to end during 2016 the National Development Plan was endorsed as the “framework for development partner engagement in Somalia in thw future” in the conference communique`.
The NDP was vocally supported by different delegates to the conference, recognizing and supporting Somalia’s indigenous planning effort and pledging support to this undertaking.
H.E Abdirahman Yusuf Aynte had several bilateral meetings with representatives of the U.K, U.S, Italy, Turkey and the E.U where support for the national development planning process was confirmed, with commitments made on bilateral engagement with Somalia on the basis of the three year strategic framework the NDP will afford.
MoPIC is dedicated to learning from the successes and shortcomings of the new deal to deliver a concise and strategic document that will support the reconstruction and development of the Somali republic.