Innovate for Somalia -How can we improve the living conditions of internally displaced communities in Mogadishu?

Are you a young Somali innovator between the ages of 18-35? Do you have a solution to improve the lives of people living in Internally Displaced Communities in Mogadishu? Tell us about it!

As a result of conflict and climate disasters in Somalia, over 2 million Somali people have been forced to flee their homes and now live in very poor conditions in settlements.

The  Government of Somalia in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and UN Habitat are launching an open innovation challenge to find solutions that can make a difference to the lives of people who have had to leave their homes behind.

We’re calling for young innovators to submit ideas for the following themes:

  • Access to water
  • Access to education
  • Safety & Security
  • Child care

To apply fill out this google form with your details and the idea you have: https://goo.gl/forms/qUlJ9ZNNQGpVLP3A3

Who can apply:

  • Somali youth aged 18 – 35
  • People from IDP communities and people who are not living in IDP communities can apply
  • Your team must have a minimum of 2 people
  • Teams of people who are living in IDP communities  together with people living in host communities is very welcome

What type of ideas are we looking for?

  • Relevance: does your idea address one of the four themes?
  • Impact: will your idea change the lives of IDPs?
  • Innovation: does your idea address a real need in a creative way?
  • Feasibility: is your idea easy to implement and low-cost?
  • Well-researched: why will your idea work? we recommend that you do your own online research, visit communities, talk to IDPs and find out their daily struggles.
  • Team competency: there’s a diversity of skills in your team
  • Income-generation: will your idea generate an income for you?

How will it work?

Step 1: Pease submit your ideas in the application form here:

We will select the most promising ideas and you will be invited to present to a panel.

Step 2: You will then be invited to a boot-camp to strengthen your ideas where you will learn skills like design thinking, entrepreneurship, prototyping, business and finance and sessions with expert mentors.

Step 3: You will be given an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned and the most impactful solutions will be awarded seed funding!

Press Release : High Level Roundtable on Somalia Drought Response and Recovery

 

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Mogadishu, 30 January 2018

One year after Somalia declared drought as a national emergency, famine has so far been averted due to a large-scale, collective, and unprecedented humanitarian response. Today, the country is marking a turning point toward ending the cycle of recurring humanitarian crises. At a high-level event in the capital Mogadishu, the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking USD 1.5 billion to address the needs of 5.4 million people, was jointly presented with a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF), which outlines the way forward for recovery and longer-term resilience aimed at addressing the root causes of Somalia’s recurring humanitarian crises.

To address the impact of recurrent drought and famine risk, as a consequence of fragility, the Federal Government of Somalia led a Drought Impact Needs Assessment (DINA), in partnership with Federal Member States, the Banadir Regional Administration, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank. The outcomes of the assessment have informed the RRF, which will enable the Federal Government and Federal Member States to devise medium- and long-term solutions to promote development and address the root causes of vulnerability to drought. The DINA and the RRF have been developed in alignment with the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan and in coordination with humanitarian partners, in order to ensure complementarity and, most importantly, to protect humanitarian achievements.

The joint launch was attended by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire and other senior representatives of the Federal Government of Somalia, as well as the international community, including the UNDP Administrator Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, World Bank Senior Vice President Mahmoud Mohieldin, and the European Union.

Opening the event, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire emphasised his government’s resolve in moving from crisis to recovery, “Somalia is turning over a new leaf in its history. Important and significant progress is being made on our peace- and statebuilding agenda. We are determined to overcome the challenges posed by recurring droughts that risk undermining these gains, and we count on our international partners to support us in this endeavour”.

On his first visit to Somalia, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner recognised the government’s leadership in averting famine in 2017 and highlighted the opportunity to build on this achievement while simultaneously implementing longer-term solutions: “Today, Somalia has more effective institutions than it has had in decades.  Progress in the state-building and peace-building processes in Somalia since 2012 has now created conditions in which targeted efforts can be made to define and implement solutions so that Somalia’s citizens will hopefully not have to face the risk of famine again.”

Noting the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock urged the international community to sustain its life-saving support, while recognising that that the situation cannot be solved by humanitarian interventions alone. “Ending need in Somalia can only be achieved if we respond to immediate humanitarian needs while simultaneously implementing longer-term solutions to build resilience. Humanitarian and development partners are working with the Government to help ensure Somalis are less vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition, to natural hazards and displacement, and that they have better access to basic social services,” Mr Lowcock said.

Referencing the New Way of Working, and emphasising the significance of the HRP being jointly launched with the RRF, World Bank Senior Vice President Mahmoud Mohieldin stated that “Somalia is ahead of the curve in its effort to overcome the challenges facing the country”. Mr. Mohieldin noted that hard investment was required to implement the RRF and applauded the government’s efforts to normalise its relations with the international finance system.

In its statement, the European Union expressed appreciation for the government’s leadership and pledged its continued support. “As a major partner to Somalia, who promotes a comprehensive approach linking security, political engagement, development and humanitarian aid, the European Union is pleased by the resolve shown by the government to lead us in a collective effort to move from reaction to prevention”, Mr. Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to Somalia, said.

Implemented in parallel to and complementarity with the sustained humanitarian response, the RRF will further address policy measures required to build resilience and propose institutional arrangements to manage, implement, and monitor recovery. The Federal Government of Somalia will continue working with its partners the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Union in this effort.

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Drought Impact and Needs Assessment and Recovery and Resilience Framework Background

Recurrent drought and subsequent famine risk have become a devastating and unsustainable cycle in Somalia.  Approximately USD 4.5 billion has been spent on emergency responses to save lives in the years since the 2011 famine. 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance due to drought and over 900,000 people have been newly displaced, in addition to 1.2 million already in a state of protracted displacement. Due to scaled up humanitarian response in partnership with the Federal Government, local authorities and partners, famine has so far been averted in 2017, but below average rain fall for a third consecutive season, and indications of a fourth consecutive below average season, mean that a risk of famine remains in many areas in late 2017 and in 2018.

While continued and ongoing humanitarian response is vital to protect the most vulnerable and avert famine, in the long-term it is sustainable investment into resilience and durable solutions, alongside humanitarian relief, which can lift Somalia out of poverty, climate-induced crises and insecurity.  Somalia has also made huge progress in building stronger and more effective institutions, led by stronger Federal and Member State governments, which, with continued international support, can break the cycle of recurrent crisis, and these significant yet fragile gains should be protected.  Somalia can address the drivers of fragility and insecurity if it acts now.

Drought Impact and Needs Assessment

It is within this context that the Federal Government of Somalia and Federal Member States, have  carried out a Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA), with the support of the EU, the UN and the World Bank.  The assessment has analysed the impact of the ongoing drought and famine risk on the lives and livelihoods of the Somali people.

DINA was a multi-partner, multi sector approach led by the Federal Government and with the active engagement of the Federal Member States. More than 180 sector experts from the Government, the UN, EU and World Bank have carried out data collection across 18 sectors and have incorporated existing data from the Humanitarian Needs Overview process. Sectors analyzed include agriculture, water supply and sanitation, health and nutrition, food security, livelihoods, conflict, displacement, education and social protection.

What are the findings of the DINA?

The expert teams have identified impacts, needs and suggested practical solutions across multiple sectors.  There has been damages amounting to USD 1.02 billion, and losses estimated at USD 2.23 billion, with the total effect of the drought in Somalia is expected to exceed USD 3.25 billion. Needs are estimated at 1.77 billion over 4-5 years, with Agriculture (irrigated and rain-fed crops), Urban Development, and Municipal Services for IDPs being the sectors with the highest needs.

Recovery and Resilience Framework

 

The findings of the assessment will inform the development of a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF), situated within the Government’s National Development Plan (NDP), that will recommend long-term recovery and resilience solutions that address root causes of drought and famine, to be delivered in parallel and in complementarity with humanitarian relief.  The DINA and RRF will also help to ensure that available resources are being used effectively to address needs on both short- and long-term scale.

The RRF will also serve as an operational framework to prioritize and provide finance recommendations for the recovery interventions highlighted during the DINA process, situated within Somalia’s National Development Plan (NDP), while developing government capacity to manage a recovery programme. The framework will support the Somali Government to seek out public and private, domestic and international investments, coordinate outreach to traditional and non-traditional donors, and identify innovative financing tools.

The DINA has integrated the data from the Humanitarian Needs Outcome (HNO), while the RRF will be aligned with the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are met, livelihoods are strengthened and resilience to disasters is built.

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Communiqué of the National Development Council Meeting

Federal Government of Somalia

Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED)

National Development Council (NDC) Meeting

Jazeera Palace Hotel, Mogadishu, January 22-23, 2018

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

 Communiqué of the NDC Meeting

            The National Development Council (NDC), which is under the current mechanism of the National Development Plan (NDP) framework, is a critical structure of the implementation of the NDP priorities and result frameworks. NDC comprises the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED) and Ministries of Planning at the Federal Member States (FMS), and it is a platform that both levels share information and exchange ideas.

The following are strategic and technical outcomes that all NDC members have agreed:

  • NDC members welcome the recent travels of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo) to some Federal Member States, such as Puntland and Galmudug
  • NDC members also welcome the launch of DINA-RRF project that is planned to take place on January 30th, 2018.
  • NDC members approve aid coordination projects that are led by the Aid Coordination Unit that comes under the Prime Minister’s Office.
  • NDC members call that all implementing agencies and development corporations should align their interventions to maximize impact and to make sure that all projects are implemented in a timely manner so as to reduce transaction costs.
  • NDC members urge donors to consider the institutional development needs of Somalia and to support development instruments that are flexible and tailored to further strengthen institutions.
  • NDC members underscore that donor funded programs require significant resources from national institutions, which weaken our capacity to manage public institutions.
  • NDC members urge that it is important to make sure required resources are provided to national institutions to deliver services.
  • NDC members call for the donor and implementing agencies to align their projects to maximize impacts in line with the NDP priorities.

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RE-INTEG Steering Committee Meeting Organized by MoPIED and EU

First RE-INTEG Programme Steering Committee meeting held in Mogadishu: EU and MoPIED addressed needs of IDPs, refugees and host communities in Somalia.

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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.

Federal Government of Somalia presents findings on impact of recurrent drought and the investment needed to avoid future humanitarian crises

Mogadishu, 5 December 2017.  During the Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu on 5th December, the Federal Government of Somalia presented findings of the Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA) it has carried out in Somalia, with the support of the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union. The DINA assessed the root causes and impact of recurrent droughts, and has found damages amounting to USD 1.02 billion and losses estimated at USD 2.23 billion.  The investment needed for Somalia to recover and build resilience to future droughts is estimated at USD 1.77 billion over 3-5 years.

The assessment was led on behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia by the Federal Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, with proactive engagement of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, other line Ministries, and with the active engagement of the Federal Member States.  Presenting the findings of the assessment, H.E. Gamal Hassan, Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, said that the recurring nature of drought in Somalia had prompted the Government to initiate the assessment with the support of the international community. “With this initiative, we aim to tackle the devastating and unsustainable cycle of recurrent drought and famine risk. These findings lay the foundations for the pathway to resilience and sustainable development in Somalia” he said.

The DINA is based on a globally recognized assessment methodology that has assisted disaster impacted countries around the world to recover and build resilience to crises, while at the same time ensuring the delivery of life saving humanitarian relief.  To carry out the assessment in Somalia, 180 sector experts from the Federal Government of Somalia and the Federal Member States, the World Bank, the European Union and the United Nations, collected data across 18 sectors and incorporated existing data from the Somalia Humanitarian Needs Overview.

The findings of the assessment will inform the development of a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF)) that will recommend long-term recovery and resilience interventions, to be delivered in complementarity with lifesaving humanitarian response and in line with the priorities of the National Development Plan. The DINA has integrated the data from the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), while the RRF will be aligned with the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), to ensure that urgent humanitarian needs are met, livelihoods are restored and resilience to disaster is built.

Speaking at the Somalia Partnership Forum, Mr. Peter de Clercq, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, highlighted the exemplary leadership of the Federal Government of Somalia and the important role played by the Federal Member States in carrying out the assessment, and reiterated the complementarity of the humanitarian and development approaches in tackling drought and averting famine.

“The Federal Government and Federal Member States have embarked on a new way of working in collaboration with the international community. It has brought us to where we are, in continuing to save hundreds of thousands of lives through a sustained humanitarian response, while simultaneously taking first but clear steps to prevent a drought from ever turning into a famine again by addressing the root causes of Somalia’s fragility. I call on international partners to support us in this effort,” he said.

Mr. Franck Bousquet, Senior Director of the Fragility Conflict and Violence Group of the World Bank, said that the drought impact needs assessment and recovery and resilience framework address the gap between humanitarian response and development. “With progressive and incremental recovery investment, we can address the structural drivers of vulnerability while the humanitarian response proceeds” he added.

The full DINA report and RRF will be co-launched with the Humanitarian Response Plan in early 2018 in Mogadishu.

Ministry of Planning signs bilateral agreement with German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Talks on development cooperation between the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany were held in Berlin on 04 October 2017.

The delegation of the Federal Republic of Somalia was led by H.E. Gamal Mohamed Hassan, Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED).

The delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany was led by Dr Stefan Oswald, Director for Sub-Sahara Africa, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The talks took place in an open atmosphere of constructive cooperation. The results of the talks are recorded below.

FINANCIAL COOPERATION

  1. Basic Supply of Water and Sanitary Services
  2. Sustainable Land Management in Somalia.
  3. Strengthening the Health System as well.

TECHNICAL COOPERATION

The following points are what have been agreed to be the technical cooperation:

  1. Promoting Livelihoods by Improved Livestock Farming and Agriculture
  2. Support to the Return of Somali Refugees and Internally Displaced Personsthrough a Community-oriented Approach to Reintegration in Somalia
  3. Improving Food and Nutrition Security of Vulnerable Population in overallSomalia through Access to Fishery Products
  4. Sustainable Road Maintenance
  5. Project / Supporting the Road Authorities in Somalia
  6. Promoting Maternal and Child Health and Improved Nutrition in Somalia
  7. Sustainable Land Management in overall Somalia
  8. Better Migration Management”, Regional Programme Horn of Africa (KhartoumProcess)

THIRD ACTORS FINANCED BY BMZ1 this portion of the agreement was not detailed enough.

Future cooperation

The Somali and the German outlined the general direction of future development cooperation and agreed upon concrete projects and additional contributions.

Both delegations agreed that significant overlap exists between the political priorities of their governments as detailed in key documents including in particular the Somalia National Development Plan 2017-2019 and the German Marshall Plan with Africa (M- Plan).Also they have agreed to support resilience, economy, and peace and dialogue.

Finally, it was agreed to have the next talks on development cooperation between the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to take place in 2018.

After we concluded the bilateral meeting, we paid a courtesy visit to the Somali Embassy in Berlin, Germany. And we had a productive meeting with the Ambassador and the staff.DLTl857WkAAuET7

Wasiirka Qorsheynta Oo Hortagay Mudanayaasha Aqalka Sare

Wasiirka Qorsheynta Magaalgahsiga iyo Horumarinta dhaqaalaha
Xukuumadda Federaalka Soomaaliya Mudane Jamaal Maxamed Xasan ayaa hortagay Golaha Aqalka sare ee dalka,Waxaana kulanka golaha aqalka sare shir guddoominayay Guddoomiye ku_xigenka 1 aad Abshir Maxamed (Abshir buqaari).

Ugu horeen Wasiir Jamaal Maxamed Xasan, ayaaa munayaasha ugu warbaxiyay qaab dhismeedka Wasaaradda iyo horumarada ay sameysay Wasaaradda, sidoo kale waxuuu sharxaad ka siiyay mashaariicda hada ka
socda gobolada dalka,iyo ahmiyadda uu u leeyahay qorshaha horumarinta qaranka dalkeena.

Dhanka kale Agaasimaha guud ee Agaasinka Qorsheynta C/qaadir Maxmaed Aadan ayaa Golaha Aqalka Sare sharxaad ka siiyay tiirarka uu ka kooban yahay qorshaha Horumarinta Qaranka,isla markaana dul istaagay  tiir walbo ahmiyadda uu u leeyahy Dalka. Sidoo kale agaasimaha xafiiska ogolaansha mashaariicda qaranka Zakariye Cabdullaahi Xassan ayaa isna la wadaagay golaha warbixin iyo faahfaahin ku saabsan xafiiska NAO iyo shaqooyinka uu qabto isla markaana si qoto dheer ugu hadlay mashaariicda dalka ka socda iyo qaababka ay ugu shaqeeyaan.

Sharaxaadda ka dib ayaa qaar ka mid ah Sanatorada  Aqalka Sare, ayaa su’aalo la xariria shaqada Wasaaradda iyo mashaariicada ka socda dalka, deeqaha lacagaha beesha caalamka ugu talagashay sida loo maamulo, in si siman  dalka looga hirgaliyo mashaariicda, dowlad gobaleedyada  muhiiimada gaarka ah ee ugu jira qorshaha Horumarinta qaranka maxay ku saleysan tahay,ayee  waydiiyeen wasiirka Qorsheynta maalgashiga iyo Horumarinta dhaqaalaha XFS,Mudane jaamal Maxamed Xasan.

Wasiirka Jamaal Maxamed Xasan wax uu soo dhaweyay su’aalaha ay waydiiyeen munayaasha,waxuuna aragti wanaagsan ka siiyay waydiimahooda ku aadan shaqooyinka socda iyo muhiimada Qaranka uu u leeyahay
Qorshaha Horumarinta Qaranka, sidoo kale Wasiirku wuxuu Mudanayaasha ka
codsaday  in ay u wada istaagan  sidii dalka  khayraadkiisa looga faa’iideysan lahaa.

Guddoomiye ku_xigeenka 1-aad ee Golaha Aqalka Sare  Abshir Maxamed (Abshir Buqaari) ayaa bogaadiyay howlaha  dalka u hayaan Wasaaradda Qorsheynta iyo howlwadeenadeeda, isagoo u mahadceliyay sida wanaagsan ay xubnaha Aqalka sare ay ugu sharaxeen  howlaha kala duwan ee dalka ka socda.

 

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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.