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  • 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.

  • UNDP expresses profound sympathy and condolences to all those affected by the 14th October attack Oct 25, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme extends it profound sympathy and solidarity to all those affected as we mourn the terrible loss of life and devastation caused by the attack on Saturday 14 October 2017 in Mogadishu, when more than 400 people were killed and over 300 were wounded.

  • Somalia Starts Drought Impact Needs Assessment, global experts convene in Mogadishu Oct 9, 2017

    High-level technical experts from around the world have met this weekend in Mogadishu to kickstart a Government-led Drought Impact Needs Assessment (DINA), which will identify the drivers and impact of recurrent drought, and outline long-term solutions that can prevent famine as a result of drought. The assessment will be followed by the development of a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF) that will address the identified needs and enable preventative developmental solutions to be carried out alongside the delivery of humanitarian relief, so that Somalia may be able to transition towards sustainable recovery and disaster preparedness.

  • First ever social innovation entrepreneurial challenge for young people opens in Mogadishu Oct 2, 2017

    The first ever “Innovate for Somalia” social innovation camp has opened in Mogadishu today, which will see over 50 young Somali men and women brainstorm and come up with business ideas to improve the Somali dairy industry. The event, which will run over 7 days, will conclude with a finale on the 9th October, with the young people forming teams to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and win support for their idea. The winning teams will then enter a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) incubation initiative to learn how to take their idea to market.

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