|The Human Development and Economics Unit|
The unit serves as a knowledge platform/hub for the formulation of UNDP’s economic policy positions towards MDG-aligned policy-programme-action continuum for sustainable poverty reduction and human development through policy research and policy advocacy on emerging development issues of national importance. The Unit supports the development of strategies geared towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Planning and line ministries, and create awareness of the need for poverty monitoring.
The unit works on four main projects:
Somalia’s youth (14-29) represent 43 percent of the total population, while those under 30 make up 73 percent. With over 20 years of conflict in Somalia, most young Somalis have known no other way of life. Many have and are facing the harsh realities of civil unrest and survival. Scores of youth have joined armed militia groups as a means of survival. Others struggle for gainful and longer term employment opportunities.
The HDR presents information collected for the first time from young women and men in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia (with limited access to rural populations in the South Central, due to insecurity), through a comprehensive survey conducted by local research institutions in each administrative zone, as well as focus groups discussions and interviews conducted with the youth.
UNDP engaged young Somali men and women in and facilitated the development of a Youth Charter for Somalia, an output of the HDR production process. The Charter, which was disseminated among youth groups in Somalia and within the Diaspora through one-to-one communication and an online survey, serves as a set of guiding principles for stakeholders to engage with youth effectively, while highlighting the youth’s aspirations that will lead to their contributing to peace and development in the country.
Jan 2008- Dec 2015
Total proposed budget: