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  • Puntland commits to increase budget for local government Jul 10, 2017

    At a meeting in Garowe attended by the Puntland Vice President, district mayors, local government staff, and senior management of five UN agencies, the Puntland state government have committed to increase the budget allocated to local governance.

  • Somali Government commits to reconcile and unify Jun 13, 2017

    The Federal Government of Somalia has reiterated its commitment to unify the country to achieve lasting peace and stability. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Reconciliation Conference in Mogadishu on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Ahmed Guled said Somalia needs political and religious reconciliation, which has remained elusive because of conflict.

  • US$13m by EU to help IDP return home May 29, 2017

    A new $13 million EU funded UN project, launched at the end of May, aims to support the reintegration of internally displaced people in the Banadir region of Somalia, by improving access to housing and land rights, generating employment and promoting better political and social inclusion.

  • South Central States seek charcoal reduction May 24, 2017

    Somalia will continue to work on reducing the trade and domestic use of charcoal, which severely damages the environment, by expanding alternative livelihoods opportunities in Jubaland and the South Central States, followed by Jowhar and Lower Shabell, between July and December 2017. To support these efforts, the United Nations Joint Programme on Sustainable Charcoal Reduction and Alternative Livelihoods (PROSCAL) moves to a new phase.

  • 45 law students graduate in Puntland May 24, 2017

    Supported by the United Nations Joint Rule of Law programme, 45 scholarship recipients, including 15 women, this year graduated with a Bachelor in Law from the Faculty of Law of Puntland State University. Launched in 2008, the Puntland State University scholarship programme aims to increase the number of qualified lawyers, prosecutors and judges to strengthen the capacity and service delivery of justice institutions.

  • Handover of equipment for 24 police stations in Somalia May 24, 2017

    With funding from the Government of Japan, the United Nations Joint Rule of Law Programme today handed over to the Somali Police and the Ministry of Internal Security essential equipment such as vehicles, furniture and solar power for 24 police stations, amounting to US$ 2.4 million. This will enhance the Somali Police’s operational capacity and efficiency in responding to security threats in Banadir region and member states.

  • Community policing curriculum for 292 youth May 21, 2017

    Understanding leadership, civic education, first aid, rule of law and the justice chain is critical to improve security and interaction with the police in Somali communities, particularly among the youth. The University of Mogadishu this month trained 292 youth volunteers, who participate in community policing initiatives in 19 districts in the Banadir region, Baidoa and Kismayo.

  • Constitutional review process kicked off in Somalia May 21, 2017

    Somalia is undergoing a historic process of change, moving towards peace following decades of violent conflict. The Ministry of Constitutional Affairs (MoCA) along with the Speakers of the National Federal Parliament last Friday introduced to international partners in Nairobi a master plan for the review of Somalia’s Provisional Constitution (2012). Extensive consultations with regional administrations, the National Federal Parliament and civil society will lead to the drafting of a new Federal Constitution, which will set a framework for the national elections in 2020.

  • Training for judicial officials in Southwest State May 17, 2017

    The United Nations Joint Rule of Law Programme this month trained 25 judges, prosecutors, registrars, lawyers and members of the Judicial Services Commission serving in Somalia's Southwest State on the Penal Code and criminal procedures, law of evidence, as well as cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

  • Community policing training in Kismayo for youth May 4, 2017

    Kismayo's youth today completed a training on becoming active partners with police in preventing crime in their communities. Fifteen youth volunteers, including 10 women, along with representatives of Jubaland authorities, elders and religious leaders and 15 police officers learnt the basics of community policing, which will enable greater cooperation between police and community for the stability of Jubaland.

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