About UNDP in Somalia

 Omar Ahmed directs traffic in Hargeisa. Photo credit: Noor Khamis/UNDP

The Somali Compact lays out five Peacebuilding and State-Building Goals (PSGs) which focus on inclusive political processes, security, justice, economic foundations and revenue and services.  These thematic goals will improve UNDP’s strategic role as a development partner. Each UNDP project developed strategies to align to the country’s PSGs, providing robust support which will spur transformative change and lasting peace.

Understanding these dynamics, and in line with the partnership principles in the Somali Compact, UNDP promotes a narrative of Somali-driven development and positive change. UNDP understands that development cannot be delivered to Somalis by outsiders. It must grow from within – the people of Somalia must be at the very center of their development.

The UNDP Somalia Country Office approach works directly with local authorities in a highly sensitive and complicated political environment. Although we implement across regional borders and seek access for communities throughout the country, we respect and recognize the complex and sometimes volatile nature of political affiliations and implications. Our counterparts in Puntland, Somaliland, and South Central Somalia are involved in our project creation and implementation in their respective regions.

The Somali Compact: aligning UNDP support

The Somali Compact, signed on 16 September 2013 at the New Deal Conference in Brussels, is seen as a roadmap for promoting statebuilding and peacebuilding over the next three years. This framework provides a strategic plan towards stability and peace across Somalia. To this end, the New Deal lays out five Peacebuilding and State-Building Goals (PSGs) which focus on inclusive politics, security, justice, economic foundations and revenue and services.  

Further to the New Deal’s goals, the Vision 2016 outlines Somalia’s commitment to a new constitution and elections by 2016.  This means that the Vision 2016 will guide Somalia to reach its post-transition benchmarks, such as the constitutional review and referendum, and first post-transition national elections scheduled for 2016.

Building upon the successes of the past, learning from disappointments, and keeping in mind the flexibility required for Somalia’s unique context, UNDP is currently working with national bodies and international partners to develop the next generation of capacity development support for central, state and local public sector institutions.

The changes introduced by the New Deal improve UNDP’s strategic role as a development partner. Each UNDP project developed strategies to align to the country’s PSGs, providing robust support which will spur transformative change and equitable development in Somalia. 

What are our results?

Since 1991, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been helping the people of Somalia to recover from years of conflict while setting the country on the path to development.

UNDP’s strategy in Somalia focuses on making progress towards peace and meeting people’s humanitarian and recovery needs by addressing gender issues, boosting access to social services, improving livelihoods, reducing poverty, promoting good governance and improving human security.

Access to some parts of the country remains extremely difficult due to the fragile security situation. To address this challenge, UNDP works with the Government, non-governmental organizations and civil society groups to reach communities in all regions of the country.

Who are the decision makers?

The Resident Coordinator heads the UN System for Somalia and is the Resident Representative for UNDP Somalia. UNDP has appointed a Country Director who is responsible for the day-to-day work of UNDP Somalia. Our Country Director is assisted by two Deputies, one for Programme and the other one for Operations. 

UNDP Somalia implements its programmes in close partnership with the Federal Government of Somalia, and the governments of Somaliland and Puntland, as well as civil society, local and international NGOs and sister UN agencies. 

Senior Management


Peter de Clercq

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia and UNDP Resident Representative
Email: declercqp@un.org

George Conway
UNDP Somalia Country Director (CD)
Email: george.conway@undp.org

David Akopyan
UNDP Somalia Deputy Country Director Programmes (DCD/P)
Email: david.akopyan@undp.org

Sukhrob Khojimatov
UNDP Somalia Deputy Country Director Operations (DCD/O)
Email:  sukhrob.khojimatov@undp.org

 

Area Offices


Sergei Pushkarev
Head of Hargeisa Office
Email: Sergei.pushkarev@undp.org

Sayed Sahibzada
Head of Garowe Office
Email: sayed.sahibzada@undp.org

 

Current Staff Count for Somalia

 

Service Contract (SCs)- 161

Fixed term appointment and Permanent Apointment (FTA/PA) - 146

United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) - 25

Total - 332