Jubbaland launches Local Governance Law and district council formation

Aug 21, 2017

Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed Islam and Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, Federal Government of Somalia, Abdi Farah Siciid Juxa, attend the launch ceremony

21 August, Kismayo - Jubbaland State authorities have launched a landmark Local Government Law and started district council formation process for five districts across the State. The launch of the law and council formation process lays the foundation for the roll out of local governance services to Somali people in Jubbaland. 

Delegates from the Jubbaland State administration, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, the Ministries of Interiors of the Federal member states, UN agencies, and representatives from the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Finland attended the milestone event.
The launch of the law and the district council formation process is part of the ongoing work by the Federal Government and Federal Member States of Somalia, with support from the United Nations (UN) Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG), and European partners, to create effective local governance authorities and services across Somalia. As part of the UN Programme, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has worked with the Ministry of Interior of Jubbaland to draft the law, which outlines the relationship between the State and the district governments, and establishes the district councils. The UN Programme is supported by funding from the EU, the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. 

In July, South West State also launched its own local governance law and formation of district councils. The launch of the Jubbaland local governance law and district councils alongside the South West State process signals a significant step forward for decentralization and service delivery in Somalia, as responsibility for key government functions are shared among Federal, State and Local Governments. 

The Minister of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation of the Federal Government of Somalia, Abdi Farah Siciid Juxa, speaking at the launch event, highlighted the importance of the district council formation for the State of Jubbaland. “District councils are a basic element of the government system. The UN Joint Programme on local governance has been very successful in Somaliland and Puntland and we are working to extend that experience to Federal Member States.”

“We encourage the Member States to continue to establish councils which can generate revenue and provide services to Somali people”, Mr Juxa added.

The Interior Minister of Jubbaland State, Mohamed Warsame Farah (Darwish), thanked the UN Joint Programme, donor partners and UNDP for their ongoing support. “We call on international communities to continue to support the process of district council formation and the provision of services to Somali citizens,” he said.

UNDP Programme Manager for the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance, Phillip Cooper, highlighted the rapid progress Jubbaland State has made in local governance with the support of the UN, underlining that peer-to-peer learning and practical tools made for Somalis by Somalis are at the heart of the progress made under the programme. “Peer-to-peer exchanges demonstrate the value of sustained engagement, durable partnerships, and most especially the value of investing in Somali leadership and ownership of Somalia’s federal and local development”, he said. 

“UNDP, under the UN Joint Programme, will continue to strive to be a key partner for the Somali Government at Federal, State and Local levels in its state-building and peace-building work for Somali citizens across the country,” Mr Cooper added.

The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance is delivered by five UN agencies working in partnership with Government authorities. The five UN agencies are: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


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

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