The United Nations Development Programme Somalia office on
Friday launched three major new programs aimed at supporting
the efforts of Somali communities to rebuild their economy,
their society, and their livelihoods.
three programs include "Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery",
"Capacity Building for Governance", and a joint program with
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) titled "Reintegration
of Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons".
"These programs, taken together, show what our mission in
Somalia is all about," said Randolph Kent, UNDP Somalia Resident
Representative. "Somalis want to move ahead, to improve their
lives. We are here to support them, to offer the helping hand
which enables them to take charge of their future. UNDP Somalia
is helping to bridge the gap between emergency and recovery."
The "Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery" program will
assist chronically vulnerable populations to generate income
by providing inputs for agriculture and livestock, and offering
job skills training and micro-credit projects. It also focuses
on economic diversification, by reviving or encouraging industries
like fishing and animal product processing (e.g. milk, chilled
meat, hides), and export products like frankincense and henna.
The program also helps communities to design development plans,
and provides advice to authorities on how to improve economic
planning and improve policies aimed at assisting the poor.
"Capacity Building for Governance" program supports the approach
that governance is a shared responsibility among diverse actors
including authorities, the private sector, and civil society.
Good governance requires institutions with the capacity to
ensure public accountability by leaders, popular participation,
availability of information, respect for human rights and
gender equality, the rule of law, and public sector reform.
reach these goals, the program will support public administrations
and Somali representatives, will strengthen access to information
technology, and cooperate with civil society organizations.
The "Reintegration of Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons"
is part of a sub-regional initiative launched by the Inter-Governmental
Authority on Development (IGAD), UNDP, and UNHCR. After years
of civil war, there are approximately 350,000 internally displaced
persons (IDPs) in the country, and approximately 400,000 returnees
in the northwest and northeast.
are also still about 336,000 Somali refugees living in camps
in the Horn of Africa, Libya and Yemen. This program aims
at providing basic social services -- like water, education,
health care, and shelter -- to returnees, and more crucially,
to help create social and economic opportunities for returnees
and their communities.
For more information, please contact Sonya Laurence Green,
Information Officer UNDP Somalia. Tel: +254 2 448434, Email: