In depth

Expanding the reach of central and local governments to deliver equitable services, and opening up access to even the most marginalized citizens is critical to UNDP’s work in Somalia. Gender dynamics play a critical role in many of Somalia’s development issues. Throughout all of its projects, UNDP supports the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all development results. This also means providing guidance to Somali institutions to mainstream gender into their policies and programmes.

This means UNDP supported policies, raised awareness of women’s rights at the local communities and supported female students and promoted livelihoods for women. Somali women’s rights activists were provided opportunities for trainings and exchange to foster strong ties with regional & international debates on women’s rights.

Capacity Development is recognised in the Compact as a cross-cutting issue and it scope was wide. And, for UNDP, improved civil service, strengthened government institutions and capacity building is a very strong focus for the next year.

To deliver on the priorities and commitments on public sector capacity development identified in the Somali Compact, the government is leading an Institutional Capacity Development Flagship Programme, jointly supported by the World Bank, UNDP and development partners. Through support to the Ministries of Labour, the civil service commissions and other relevant government institutions, UNDP supported the development and implementation of civil service management reform processes, laying the basis for a professional civil service. Over the past few years, thousands of government staff received training in their specific fields of expertise.

According to 2012 UNAIDS estimates, 31,000 people are living with HIV in Somalia – over half of which are women. UNDP’s HIV Programme works with Somali institutions and stakeholders to understand and respond to the development dimensions of HIV and health, recognizing that action outside the health sector can contribute significantly to better health outcomes. At the policy level, UNDP supports coordination efforts of the 3 Somali AIDS Commissions.

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