Puntland commits to increase budget for local governmentJul 10, 2017
10 July - At a meeting in Garowe attended by the Puntland Vice President, district mayors, local government staff, and senior management from UN agencies, the Puntland state government have committed to increase the budget allocated to local governance.
The Garowe meeting was convened to review the progress that has been made through the United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance in 2017. The programme began in 2008 and works in partnership with government authorities to build local government systems and deliver better services to Somali people.
Making the announcement, Puntland Vice President Abdihakin Haji Omar Amey thanked the European donors who are funding the programme, saying: “The European donors and the UN agencies we are working in partnership with are supporting the state’s growth and development. Our pledge to increase local government budget indicates our strong commitment to this growth and to local governance,” he said.
The Vice President also outlined the importance of the programme for Puntland people and pointed to the successful projects that have already been delivered such as roads, health centres, schools and other development infrastructure in Puntland’s main towns and villages.
The joint programme is delivered by five UN agencies working in partnership with Government authorities. The five UN agencies are: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It is supported by funding from the European Commission, the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.