Somali government officials visit the Uganda Management Institute

Jul 24, 2017

Director General of the Jubbaland Ministry of Interior, Abdirahman Abdi Ahmed, speaks at the Uganda Management Institute © UNDP

A 15-person high-profile delegation from the Federal Government of Somalia, Federal Member States and the Somali Local Governance Institute have visited Uganda, to gain first-hand experience on how civil service training and development is carried out in the country. The delegates aim to use the knowledge gained to develop effective civil service training in Somalia. The visit was supported by the United Nations Development Programme under the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance.

The Director General of the Ministry of the Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mohamed Abdiwahab, led the delegation, accompanied by the Director of the Somali Local Governance Institute, Omar Mohamed Alim. They were received by high level Ugandan counterparts at the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) in Kampala, the institute responsible for civil service management training in Uganda. The delegates also visited the institute's regional branches.

Welcoming the Somali delegation, the Director General of the UMI highlighted the importance of providing high quality civil service training and sharing knowledge on effective civil service management, commenting: “The challenges faced by the Somali Local Governance Institute might be different from what we, at the UMI, face. But we can overcome these by sharing knowledge and experience and by creating a platform where knowledge exchange can happen.”

The Director General of the Somali Ministry of the Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, Mr. Abdiwahab, thanked the Ugandan Government for receiving the delegation, and added: "Local Governance is still in infant stage in Somalia, but we are progressing and we came here not only to learn but also to reflect on what the Ugandan Management Institute offers."

The Somali delegation and officials from the Ugandan Management Institute agreed to explore further opportunities to share knowledge on effective civil service training within their respective countries.  

The United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance is implemented 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). The programme is supported by funding from the European Commission, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Phillip Cooper, UNDP Project Manager, United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance

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