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  • New water storage dam in Baligubadle, Somaliland will provide water access to estimated 10,000 people in the region Feb 9, 2018

    A new earth reservoir dam constructed with the support of UNDP in the Baligubadle area of Somaliland will bring safe water to an estimated 10,000 people in the region, including nomadic pastoralists who often travel long distances in search of water for their families and livestock.

  • Somali Government, UNDP and UN-Habitat launch youth-focused innovation challenge to improve lives of people in IDP communities Feb 5, 2018

    A major “innovation challenge” initiative to seek ideas from young Somalis on improving the living conditions of IDPs was launched on Wednesday 31 January by the Federal Government of Somalia and two UN agencies, the United Nations Development programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

  • Somali leaders and international community determined to make Somalia famine resistant Jan 30, 2018

    One year after Somalia declared drought as a national emergency, famine has so far been averted due to a large-scale, collective, and unprecedented humanitarian response. Today, the country is marking a turning point toward ending the cycle of recurring humanitarian crises. At a high-level event in the capital Mogadishu, the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking USD 1.5 billion to address the needs of 5.4 million people, was jointly presented with a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF).

  • Somaliland applies global resilience expertise to drought response Dec 11, 2017

    Somaliland authorities are carrying out a “Drought Impact Needs Assessment” (DINA), based on a globally recognized methodology, that is identifying long term solutions to recurrent cycles of drought, which are to be delivered in parallel to life saving humanitarian relief. The DINA is being led by the Somaliland Government and supported by the World Bank, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN). At a meeting in Hargeisa today, attended by Government officials and representatives from the international community, participants discussed how the methodology will be applied to break the cycle of recurrent emergencies, mitigating the risk of famine.

  • Somalia holds landmark Anti-Corruption Conference Dec 9, 2017

    A first of its kind, landmark conference on good governance and anti-corruption has been held in Garowe, in the State of Puntland, north eastern Somalia this week, attended by H.E. Hassan Haji, Minister of Justice of Federal Government of Somalia; H.E. Eng Abdulhakem, Vice President of Puntland; government officials from the Federal Government, the Puntland Government and other Federal Member States; as well as officials from the United Nations and from Somali civil society.

  • Federal Government of Somalia presents findings on the root causes of recurrent droughts and the investment needed to avoid future humanitarian crises Dec 6, 2017

    During the Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu on 5th December, the Federal Government of Somalia presented findings of the Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA) it has carried out in Somalia, with the support of the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union. The DINA assessed the root causes and impact of recurrent droughts, and has found damages amounting to USD 1.02 billion and losses estimated at USD 2.23 billion. The investment needed for Somalia to recover and build resilience to future droughts is estimated at USD 1.77 billion over 3-5 years.

  • New uniforms increase visibility of Somali Police Force and bring greater security to communities Nov 23, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has handed over new police uniforms to the Somali police force in Mogadishu today, at a ceremony attended by UNDP Country Director, Mr. George Conway; the Deputy Minister of Internal Security of the Somali Federal Government, Mr. Abdinasir Saed Musa; Acting Police Commissioner of the Somali Police Force, General Mukhtar Hussein Afrah; and United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) Director of Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG), Mr. Staffan Tillander.

  • Importance of private sector highlighted at Somali Government Sustainable Energy Forum in Mogadishu Nov 8, 2017

    Representatives from the Somali Federal Government, Federal Member States, United Nations, and local and international private sector have met this week in Mogadishu for a two-day, first of its kind forum on increasing access to sustainable energy in Somalia. Private and public sector investment, regulation, and partnership amongst the sectors attending were highlighted as central to increasing energy access in the country.

  • 45,000 people to have greater access to clean water in Baidoa Oct 27, 2017

    The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is partnering with the Government of Somalia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide greater access to sustainable clean water for over 45,000 drought affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in Baidoa, in the South West State of Somalia. The project is part of ongoing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities and drought response work being carried out by IOM and UNDP in the area.

  • UNDP youth leadership and peacebuilding programme opens in Mogadishu, part of wider youth for peace initiative Oct 27, 2017

    A week-long competitive UNDP Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) has started today in Mogadishu, which will see 30 young men and women learn how to take leadership roles to bring about social transformation, build peace, and spearhead innovative ideas in reducing barriers to employment and economic development in Somalia. Selected participants from the training in Mogadishu will go on to receive further in-depth training at a UNDP Arab States regional leadership event in Cairo.

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