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  • 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.

  • Somali MPs attend leadership training on gender equality Sep 30, 2017

    Somalia MPs and Senators from both Federal and State parliaments have attended a first of its kind, five day “Transformative Leadership for Results” training in Entebbe, Uganda to enhance their leadership skills to transform Somali organizations, institutions and society at large, and to allow them to levarage their influence to promote gender responsive legal and policy reforms.

  • Somalia launches Post Disaster Needs Assessment and Resilience Framework Sep 19, 2017

    At a meeting in Mogadishu on Monday the Federal Government of Somalia launched a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), to analyze the recurrent impact of drought in the country. The Assessment will allow for the development of a Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF) which will provide a platform for development of investment into long-term resilience and reduction of risk to disaster. The assessment and framework will be a vital first step in enabling Somalia to transition from humanitarian intervention towards sustainable recovery and disaster preparedness.

  • Solar lanterns to bring clean energy and safety to IDP communities in Mogadishu Sep 11, 2017

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday handed over 600 solar powered lanterns to Somalia’s Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management. The lanterns will be distributed to female headed households within IDP (internally displaced persons) communities in Mogadishu, as part of a renewable energy project financed by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

  • Benadir Regional Administration committed to delivering durable solutions to displaced people in Mogadishu Sep 8, 2017

    The Benadir Regional Administration (BRA) has officially started implementation of a €13.3 million project funded by the European Union to assist displaced people to integrate into communities, which will be carried out in partnership with UN agencies and NGOs. This EU-funded project, directly aligned with the National Development Plan of Somalia, will benefit displaced people and host communities alike, through the provision of employment opportunities and greater access to basic services such as affordable housing, protection, GBV prevention, legal assistance and improved livelihood opportunities. In total, it is expected that more than 84,000 people will benefit from this project.

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