Local Economic Developments (LED/LEDs)

What is the Project About

The Local Economic Development Somalia ( LED/LEDs) project aims to promote rapid economic stabilization and recovery in selected areas of Somalia with a particular emphasis on communities experiencing (or expecting to experience) significant inflows of refugees and IDPs.

The project will rehabilitate local infrastructure that is critical for economic recovery, strengthen local service delivery and contribute directly to employment creation through short and long term job creation activities and support for the supply of market-based skills. The project is closely aligned to the Federal Government of Somalia’s priorities as contained in the PSGs 4 and 5 of the Somalia New Deal, the Economic Recovery Plan and the Stabilisation Plan for Newly Recovered Areas. It is intended that lessons learned from the project will contribute to the formulation of a larger and longer-term ‘Flagship Project’ aimed at expediting the integration of refugees and IDPs and reducing urban poverty.

Expected Outputs

The LED/LEDs project has been designed in consulation with FGS regional member states and targeted district local administration.

The five key expected outputs of the project are as follows;

  • Social rehabilitation of vulnarable youth within communities affected by piracy promoted
  • Long term employment fostered through provision of emplyable skills and local economic growth stimulated through grants to micro and small scale enterprises.
  • Social and productive infrastrucures rehabililated
  • knowledge of local authorities and communities on local level planning, monitoring and counter piracy related issues improved
  • Project reviewed and new concept and initiative on piracy developed.  


What have we accomplished

The LED/LEDs Project contributed to the following results:

The rehabilitated infrastructure benefited at least 4,690 direct beneficiaries in addition to around 570,000 indirect beneficiaries which are the family members of the direct beneficiaries, the residents of Burao town who benefited indirectly from the stone gabions which constructed to prevent flood of Burao seasonal river and at least 70,000 inhabitants in Baidoa and adjacent districts of Qansaxdhere, Qansaxdhere, dinsor and Burhakaba who benefited from the improved services by Baidoa Hospital after the second phase rehabilitation . The breakdowns of the direct beneficiaries are as following:

  • Taleh school in Mogadishu: 1,340 students and 164 workers
  • Burao stone gabions in Burao town: 164 workers
  • Water cisterns (berkades, shallow well, road and culvert in Barbera and Burao districts: 2,150 as direct users of the rehabilitated facilities and 262 workers.
  • Baidoa General Hospital: 230 workers and at least 70,000 residents have access to improved health services
  • Abdallah Deerow Girls School in Baidoa: At least 280 additional girls enrolled in two school shifts and at least 100 workers benefited from short-term employment opportunities for 30 days in average.
  • The construction of gabions in Burao was completed in quarter one as planned
  • The rehabilitation of a road, construction of a culvert and digging of  shallow well in Berbera district and rehabilitation of 11 berkades in several villages in Toghdheer region was completed in quarter one as planned

Rehabilitation of Taleh School was completed in quarter two.

  • Construction of boundary wall at two sides of the school
  • Construction of multipurpose playground
  • Construction of elevated water tank
  • Rehabilitation of the school yard and plantation of the garden.

The hospital is rehabilitated and fully functional after a second phase of rehabilitation includes:

  • Construction of Perimeter wall (155m length X 1.5 m height above the ground)
  • Construction of new triage block
  • Rehabilitation of the x-ray department.
  •  Rehabilitation of the pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation of maternity department
  • Rehabilitation of the administration block
  • Construction of Septic tank and sewerage and fixing of sanitary fittings and plumbing works

The school is rehabilitated and fully functional through:

  • Construction of Perimeter wall - 52m length,
  • Construction of additional 4 class room block
  • Construction of a conference hall
  • Refurbishing of existing toilets
  • Install a back fence wall – (50mm x 50mm x 5mm angle iron of 1.5m height @1.5m c/c on top of the entire perimeter wall
  • 3 - Three sectors including health, education and water have been enhanced through rehabilitation of hospitals, schools and water storage cisterns (berkades) mentioned under output one and two and installation of a solar panel for a health center in Ballanbale/ Galmudug region.
  • The project have managed to generate additional 426 short term jobs (70 jobs for women and 167 for IDPs) through cash for work project for rehabilitation of 10 water canals and bush clearing of 100 farms (Half hectare each).Also the project provided training tools and equipment for several workshops in Abudwak Training Center including carpentry, plumbing, welding, metal fabrication, electricity and mechanics (car repair). In addition the project supplied and installed 50 water pumps for 50 farms in Luuq district for the benefit of 50 households working in these farms (15 women headed HHs and 10 IDP HHs).Similarly  the project has completed a study on the feasibility of establishment women business centers in Hargeisa and Garowe to support women businesses. [SD1] [SD2]

Who Finances it?


LED/LEDs (2016):

Total amount

$ 313,815

Sources of funding:





  $ 88,675

Total resource to mobilize


LED/LEDs Total expenditure (2016):




$ 44,538


$ 18,679

Total Expenditure

$ 799,640


2015 – 16 –$ 799,640

Project Photos

Constructed road between Biyoguure and Magab in the east of Berbera

The constructed road between Biyoguure and Magab in the east of Berbera.

The deputy governor of Berbera cutting the ribbon for the constructed road with UNDP staff and community members

Construction of stone gabion/embankment for Burao’s dry river flood mitigation project

LEDs Berked at Jeenyalaaye of Togdheer region LEDs Berked at Gorayoxun of Togdheer region.



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