Republic of Somaliland
Ministry of National Planning and Development

Hargeisa, Somaliland. On 8 February 2016 – a delegation of three Ambassadors from Denmark, Netherlands and Norway and the Head of DFID Somalia - whose countries contribute to the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) - visited two projects currently implemented by the Fund. The Ambassadors were accompanied by Senior Government of Somaliland (GoSL) officials and they saw first-hand the upgrading of Hargeisa Urban Water Supply and the rehabilitation of the Kalabaydh – Dila road, both funded by the SDF.

The Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project (HUWSUP) is jointly funded by the European Union and the Somaliland Development Fund to the tune of EUR 15 million and USD 8.6 million respectively. The Project is implemented by UN-Habitat, in partnership with the Hargeisa Water Agency and the Somaliland Ministry of Water Resources.  The overall objective of the project is to improve access to safe and affordable water and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable households in Hargeisa city, through expanded supply of drinking water from sustainable water sources, and associated creation of employment opportunities.

 The new water pipeline replaces the 40-year-old existing pipeline system with a new high-capacity single-transmission main, thus bringing more water into the municipal system. The new water supply pipeline, together with the new Geed Deeble pumping station that will be constructed over the coming 12 months, is designed for a capacity of 20 million litres of water per day. As a first step to increase the water production, four new boreholes at Hora Haadley are currently nearing completion, with very promising yields and the project is expected to be completed by January 2017. These important infrastructure works will lay the foundation for other ongoing and future water expansion works that will give an additional 132,000 people in Hargeisa access to water.

Since the construction of the Kalabaydh – Dila road in the 1980s, very little maintenance work has been carried out leading to deterioration of the surface as evidenced by the many potholes and worn off road edges, sometimes resulting in serious accidents and increasing the journey time for goods and freight up to Berbera Port.  SDF allocated USD 2.7M for full rehabilitation of the entire road section, a total of 19.2Km to acceptable engineering standards. The works also include installation of speed bumps and road signs as crucial road safety measures. The works are expected to be completed by June 2016 and the road is expected to offer safer travel conditions on the road, reduced travel times between the towns connected by the road and reduced vehicle operating costs.

 From the GoSL side, the members of the delegation were the Minister of National Planning and Development Mr Ali Hussein Ismail, State Minister of Finance, Mohamed Dualeh, the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Transport Mr. Mr. Ali Hassan Mohamed and CEO of Hargeisa Water Agency Mr. Ibrahim Siyad.

Commenting on the visit on behalf of the visiting Ambassadors, Danish Ambassador, Ms. Mette Knudsen said: 'It is with great pleasure to have witnessed the impressive and tangible results of our investments through the SDF. We hope that the people of Somaliland will feel the real benefits of our support in key areas of development such as water and infrastructure. Further we encourage the government to ensure the continued maintenance and further improvement of these important investments”.

Speaking for the Government of Somaliland during the same event, Mr Ali Hussein Ismail, the Minister of National Planning and Development said: "I would like to express my gratitude to Ambassadors who took the time to come to witness what the what the government is doing with your donations through the SDF. The SDF Story is one of happiness, a demonstration of the principle of aid effectiveness. What we are seeing today speaks better of the achievements of the Fund than all the reports.  We continue the urge donors to know that SDF is our preferred channel of aid to our country because we have seen it work, it is effective, and we own it. We can tell how each and every dollar is spent. Thank you very much for your support to Somaliland people”.

The SDF is a 4- year multi-donor fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Somaliland Special Arrangement of the New Deal. The SDF funds a range of projects in a aligned to the pillars of the National Development Plan namely; Economy (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries), Infrastructure (Roads, Water), Social (Education and Health) and Environment


Somaliland is a semi-arid country, and the climate is generally hot with a frequent drought and extreme variation in rainfall.  Average daily temperature range from 25CO – 35CO, and are combined with strong winds and clear skies.

Many parts of Somaliland are showing signs of environmental degradation due to overgrazing, biodiversity depletion, soil erosion/ gully formation, development of unplanned feeder roads, increased settlements and uncontrolled cutting of trees for charcoal. This degradation is not only a problem to wildlife and biodiversity but also a threat to the nation and its pastoral lifestyle.

Under these circumstances, Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) has allocated funds to the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) to implement “Enhanced Capacity Building for Sustainable Natural Resource Management” Project.

This project focuses on environmental friendly and sustainable soil and water conservation interventions including soil bunds, check dams, establishment of forest nurseries and production of tree seedlings.

The project also enhances the capacity of MoERD to provide essential services, as per its mandate, to all regions of Somaliland through staff training and construction of seven new equipped offices.

The forestry and grazing interventions are managed through community based approaches. On that respect, the project collaborates with Village Development Committees (VDC) in the respective project locations; namely Libaxley, Geed-Deeble, Debis, Gacan-Libaax, Bookh, Lafaruug, Aroori, Tuuyo and Daallo. The VDCs are representatives of their communities acting as champions for development.

 Today, charcoal producers have secured job opportunities from the project as an alternative source of income in building soil and water conservation structures.

As of today, 69 VDC members were trained on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), range management, soil and water conservation methods, bee keeping and tree planting. These trainings are facilitated to enhance the participation of the communities in the project implementation.

Most of the project activities provide local villagers with job opportunities, these includes employment in the construction of soil and water conservation structures, protection of rehabilitated forests, bee keeping, seedling production, tree planting and other income generating activities.

The project also trained and employed 290 casual laborers -mostly young men- who were formerly engaged in charcoal production. On the other hand, 100 women were involved in seedling production and bee keeping.The project has so far rehabilitated 416 hectares of land for forestry and grazing reserves. Out of the 9 tree nurseries planned, 4 were established in Debis, Libaxley, Daallo and Gacan-Libaax localities, producing 120,000 seedlings of which 55000 were distributed to schools, farms, institutions and household in Maroodijeh and Sahil regions to promote tree planting and restore the ecosystem. The MoERD strives to be at the forefront of championing sustainable natural resources management practices in Somaliland, by inspiring the other government institutions in adopting environmentally friendly natural resources utilization for development. This project seeks to enhance the capacity of the Ministry as well as assist it in showcasing best practices in reforestation and rangeland management.

The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The fund finances implementation of projects proposed and designed by Government of Somaliland line ministries which are aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP) and the specific ministries strategies.

It has been over 143 years since Julius Sterling Morton, an American environmental activist, founded Arbor Day (Tree Day). His simple idea of setting aside a special day for trees is now a practice that has expanded throughout the world to promote important environmental issues. In Somaliland, there are serious concerns about worsening environment conditions mainly due to the manmade reasons of charcoal production, deforestation, urbanization and weak conservation. In October 2015, the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) decided to recognize these issues facing Somaliland by promoting the National Arbor Day through the support of the Enhanced Capacity Building for Sustainable Natural Resource Management Project – a project funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF.

Go Green Plant A tree

The MoERD launched this national campaign by producing 108,000 seedlings, and distributing about 42,000 different plants to selected schools, mosques and universities in Hargeisa and the coastal town of Berbera. The motto for this campaign is “Go green, plant a tree” as a call to promote tree planting and, to sensitize local citizens in conserving the ecosystem.

 Many of the schools in Hargeisa lack adequate trees and plants to enhance the beauty of the environment, and provide shade to the students. Therefore, the Ministry offered plant seedlings to 55 schools in Hargeisa and Berbera. As part of the process, students were responsible for planting the trees and catering for their growth. The availability of water in the schools and fencing to protect plants from animals were among the key criteria for each plants’ distribution.

 The Enhanced Capacity Building for Sustainable Natural Resource Management Project also focuses on reforestation and the protection of forest reserves and woodland areas. It is achieving this by establishing and rehabilitating tree nurseries; providing forestry extension services; tree planting and training local communities.

 The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The SDF is currently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and The Netherlands

The outgoing Minister of National Planning Dr. Sacad Ali Shire handed over the mantle to the newly appointed Minister of National planning and Development Hon Ali Ismail during a well-attended ceremony held at the Mansoor Hotel, Hargeisa.

 During the handing over ceremony the outgoing Minister of National planning and Development Dr. Sacad Cali Shire gave in-depth briefing during his five years at the helm of the Ministry of National planning and Development in which he began by stating:-

The Ministry of National Planning is consists of three main department which are as follows the Administration department, Planning department and Resource department and since 2010 two more new departments have been added which coordination department and Development department. Also during that period the construction of Ministry headquarters was completed with another additional new three storey build adjacent having said that the Ministry has established in all six regions of country and employs at least 7 ministerial coordinators.

The Ministry of National Planning employs 127 permanent staff consisting enthusiastic well educated youthful of who have graduated from both and foreign universities.

The new facilities include a modern state of the art library, conference room equipment with video conference, wel equipped communication hub, and Ministry website. On the hand plans are underway to establish mapping unit for conducting surveys with the equipment needed ready in place plus the deployment of security scan all this accomplishment during Dr. Sacad Ali Shire tenure.

On the other hand the ministry of national planning has in the past 5 years initiated

  • Somaliland Vision 2030
  • National Development Plan (NDP) 2010- 2016
  • Ministry of National Planning and Development (MoNPD) in fulfilling its mandate through a five National Development Plan (NDP) 2012-2016.

The Ministry during the time has conducted numerous research related to national population census and national output.

During that period more than 564 non-governmental organizations both local and international and the organizing holding of several high level international and local level.

Among the other projects initiated during the time include the Somaliland’s National Development Plan (NDP) provides a medium term framework for achieving the country’s long term development aspirations as embodied in Somaliland Vision 2030, and the Millennium Development Goals and The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP)funded by our partners World Bank , The Afican Development Bank , the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and the Netherlands.


Reported by Communication HUB

Hargeisa – 11, October 2015 The Minister of Water Resource Mr. Bashe Ali Jama briefed the public about the progress of Water Resource Development projects in Somaliland. In a press conference, the Minister of Water Resources outlined the progress made by the different components of the Water Resource Development project implemented by the Ministry.

Speaking on achievements by the project, the Minister explained that activities for expansion of Burao urban water supply system have moved to implementation phase following completion of tendering processes. The Minister pointed out that in two months’ time, the Ministry plans to  commence construction of  14 Km pipeline and install additional 2x100 m3 elevated tanks in Burao toe enable the expansion process.

The minister also cited that a contractor to conduct Las’anod Water study and borehole testing is expected to arrive within a week and commence the exploration works. For many years,  Las’anod has been the only regional capital in Somaliland without a water supply distribution system. At the end of the exploration work, the Ministry plans to start drilling of exploration boreholes and develop 25 year Master Plan.

On the other hand, the Minister stated that 7 springs were constructed in Dubar, as part of the expansion to Berbera Water Supply System which will be handed over to Berbera Water Agency for management. The Minister has described as null and void to rumours that the Ministry intends to hand over the completed springs to private companies. “This is just rumours in the market! The water ( Dubar springs) will not be handed over to anybody ( private companies) and it is not even  the intention of the Ministry to do so” remarked the Minister.

On a similar tone, the Minister expressed that Eil-Afwein water project which consist of borehole drilling is closely coordinated with a petroleum exploration company in the region. The company plans to construct boreholes which if successful, the Ministry will link to the city. “ We only had about $50,000 USD for Eil-Afweyn water project. Now we secured additional $600, 000 USD from SDF for connecting the water supply system to the city” stated the Minister.

Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) allocated some funding to the Ministry of Water Resources to implement Water Resource Development project in several locations across Somaliland including Berbera, Las Anod, , Burao, Gargooray , Hadaaftimo El Afwein , Fiqifuliye and Kulal . The projects aim to Improve availability and access to water in Somaliland in a sustainable and equitable way for all different uses, in a manner that is environmentally safe.

The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The SDF is currently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and The Netherlands.