Third phase of local governance programme launched across Somalia
Garowe 16 July 2018. The Federal Government this month launched the third phase of the United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG) for Somalia, at a high-level meeting in Garowe, Puntland. The joint programme, which is led by the Federal Government of Somalia in partnership with the UN, works to improve the lives of Somali people and promote peace through accountable and effective local government.
The programme has been working since 2008 in Puntland and has seen services improved with schools, health centres, roads and marketplaces built and developed through participatory planning with local communities.
Speaking at the launch event in early July, the Director General of the Federal Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, Mr. Ali Mohamed Mohamud, congratulated the Puntland government in hosting the event and on its success with the programme. “We can now build on the success achieved with local government in Puntland to deliver systems and policies that work to other Federal Member states across Somalia,” he said.
The Vice President of Puntland, Mr. Abdihakim Haji Abdullahi Amey, said the benefits of the programme were visible in Puntland. “JPLG has been one of the most successful programes in promoting participation and ownership of development and local government processes by Somali people, and the Puntland government is committed to supporting it”, he said.
Mr. Dmitry Pozhidaev, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Regional Advisor, thanked donor partners Denmark, the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, USAID, and the UN Peacebuilding Fund for their support.
“More services are reaching the people because of stronger local governments. About 1.2 million Somalis have benefitted from the road infrastructure built with JPLG support; more than 61,000 students in 272 schools gained access to new classrooms and latrines for girls; new market and community infrastructure has boosted socio-economic opportunities for thousands of Somalis, including women and girls, across the country,” Mr Pozhidaev said.
The third phase of the programme will see the Federal Government, in partnership with state and local governments and the UN, start to roll out successful local government systems developed under phase one and two of the programme to all Federal Member States across Somalia.
The United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance is implemented by five UN agencies – the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat, UNICEF and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The programme is supported by funding from Denmark, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, USAID, the United Kingdom, and the UN Peacebuilding Fund.
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