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