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Republic of Somaliland
Ministry of National Planning and Development


The Ministry of Environment and Rural Development has organized one day training at Ambassador Hotel on 16th February 2014, that aimed assessing the technical training needs of 14 members from Ministry’s offices in the six regions of Somaliland.

The assessment exercise was attended by the Minister of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD), Shukri H. Ismail, Project Management Team (PMT) of SDF funded project in the Ministry and other officials from the government. The training needs assessment is prerequisite for developing a training and capacity development plan for the Ministry staff and aimed to prioritize the key capacity gaps among the staff.

 During the exercise, participants outlined their major training needs in interactive modes that was facilitated by the Ministry PMT. It is expected that a training plan will be developed to enable the Ministry empower its staff through provision of tailor made trainings and capacity building sessions.

The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) allocated funding for the MoERD to implement a capacity development project encompassing  Capacity Building through promotion of Sustainable Rangeland Resources Management and Reforestation and construction activities to buildings of the Ministry’s regional offices.

The 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). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and Netherlands.

Official Handover of Motor Vehicles to Ministries and Agencies Implementing SDF Funded Projects

The Somaliland Development Fund has today officially handed over sixteen motor vehicles to the five line Ministries and two government Agencies implementing Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) projects at the Ministry of National Planning and Development offices.

The handover event was officiated by the Hon. Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, the Minister of National Planning and Development who is also the chairperson of the National Planning Commission and the SDF Joint Steering Committee. The event was attended by Ministers and senior officials from the Ministries implementing SDF projects and other government agencies whose projects are in the process of being developed. The Ministries which received their vehicles today include:

Ministry of Agriculture - 2

Ministry of Environment and Rural Development - 3

Ministry of Livestock - 3

Ministry of National Planning and Development - 2

Ministry of Water Resources - 2

Hargeisa Water Agency - 2

Roads Development Agency - 2

 

The sixteen brand new Toyota Hillux pick-up trucks will be used by the Project Management Teams in line Ministries and government Agencies in monitoring and supervision of SDF funded projects, which are spread across the length and breadth of Somaliland. The vehicles, which were supplied by Toyota Marill – Hargeisa, were procured through open tendering process which involved SDF Secretariat, representatives of the respective Ministries and government Agencies and observed by the National Tender Board.

 

While thanking the governments UK, Demark, Norway and the Netherlands for their generous contribution to the people of Somaliland, Minister of National Planning and Development Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire said that “transport is a critical element in the implementation of SDF projects. The motor vehicles will provide the needed mobility to the Ministry teams to easily reach the communities served to effectively monitor the projects”.  Similar sentiments were shared by the Minister of Environment and Rural Development Hon. Shukri Ismail who thanked the donors for their support and believe in the Government and people of Somaliland.  The Minister said that “for a young and growing Ministry like MoE&RD, the SDF is just God sent. SDF focus on capacity building of Ministries is commendable and indeed a welcome gesture, which will go a long way in enabling our Ministry in discharging its’ mandate”.

About SDF

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). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Government of Norway and Kingdom of the Netherlands. The current contribution by the three donor countries currently stands at USD 60 Million.  The National Planning Commission has allocated USD 24,680,464 in projects which are currently under implementation.

Masuuliyiinta Wasaaradda Beeraha ee u xil saaran fulinta Mashaariicda Sanduuqa Horumarinta Somaliland ee ay fulinayso Wasaaradda Beeraha Somaliland  oo ay Wehelinayaan Masuuliyiin ka socday Xafiiska isku- xidhka Mashaariicda Sanduuqa Horumarinta Somaliland ee Magaciisa loo yaqaano (Communication- Hub) , Shirkada EMISOMA ee ku guulaysatay Dhismaha  Mashruuca Deegaanka Abu-Riin, Masuuliyiin...

ka socday Hayada IFAD ee ka  hawlgasha  dhinaca Wacyigalinta Bulshada, ayaa waxay kulan baladhan la yeesheen Masuuliyiinta uu kow ka yahay Gudoomiyaha Degemada Fara-wayne, Masuuliyiinta iyo Xubnaha gudida Deeganka Abu-Riin ee laga fulinayo Mashruuca.

Kulankan ayay Ujeedadiisu ahayd, sidii ay isku baran lahaayeen dhinacyada ka wada shaqayn doona mashruucan ka hor inta aanu si rasmiya u bilaabin bilowga bisha Kowaad ee Sanadkan 2015.

Mashruuca oo ah mid looga faa’iidaynayo Bulshada ku dhaqan Deeqaankaasi, ayaa waxa wax lagaga qaban doona ,Dhaqaalaynta Ciida iyo Biyaha ee Dooxa Maroodi Jeex waxa  Fulinaysa Wasaaradda Beeraha Somaliland, Waxaana laga Maal-galinayaa  Sanduuqa Horumarinta Somaliland (SDF).

Kulankaasina waxa hadalo isbarasho iyo guubaaba ah ka soo jeediyey Masuuliyiinta labad dhinac ka kala socotay, Xubno ku hadlayey Magaca Gudida Bulshada ku dhaqan Deegaanka Abu-Riin, Waxaanay labada dhinac isku afgarteen in Mashruucan sidii loogu talagalay looga faa’iidaysto lagana wada shaqeeyo sidii uu u noqon lahaa mid midho dhal ah, Waxaana gabagabadina halkaasi ay labada dhinac ku wada qaateen hadhimo sharafeed ay Gudida Deegaanku ku martigalisay Xubnaha Waftiga ee Ka socday, Wasaaradda Beeraha, Xafiiksa isku xidhka Mashaariicda Sanduuqa Horumarinta Somaliland (SDF), Shirkada EMISOMA iyo Hayada IFAD.

The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) of the Republic of Somaliland today officially launched Gargoorey Water Supply Project. The project seeks to improve access to portable water to about 3,600 inhabitants of Gargoorey through borehole drilling, construction of water supply system & establishing a sustainable management committee in Gargoorey. The project also includes making provisions for watering of animals.

 

The launching event for the project took place in Gargoorey, Boon District in Awdal, on 15th December 2014, and was officiated by the Minister for Water Resources Mr. Hussein A. Abdulle.

Gargoorey lies 50km Northwest of Boon district in Awdal region and is nomadic land inhabited by agro-pastoral community. The total estimated population in the area, who would benefit from the new water system, is about 3,600 persons.The area is known for agro-pastoralism, which has worsened in the last three years due to poor rains, which have resulted aggravating the water availability situation. The nearest water points are shallow wells in Xaliima Cade (40km East), Boon district (50km South), Ceelbaxay shallow well (43km West) or Dhabiiley shallow well (55km North). Many of these water points (shallow wells) dry up during the dry season.

Many herds of livestock are lost every year due to dry spells and a great number of pastoralists migrate to towns and villages in search of water and aid. Poor sanitation, water borne diseases and diarrhea are experienced in Gargoorey as a result of poor quality of drinking water. People and livestock of Gargoorey overcrowd the nearest shallow wells, which is about 40km away. To make water available nearer the town of will not only improve the health of the people, but also the health of their animals and therefore improve their livelihood

The project is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) and is implemented by the MoWR. 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). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and Netherlands. The current contribution by the three donor countries currently stands at USD 60 Million. The MoWR is currently implementing a project worth 5.5 million in seven locations across Somaliland which includes, Barbera (Sahil), Las Anod (Sool), Hadaaftimo (Sanaag), Burao (Toghdeer), Gargoorey (Awdal), El Afwein (Sanaag), Fiqifuliye (Sanaag)  and Kulal (Sool).

The UK and Somaliland rallied businesses to make the most of Somaliland’s rich agricultural and investment opportunities to create a thriving economy and reduce its dependency on aid.

The call to business was made ...

at a conference, co-hosted in London by both governments, on trade and investment in Somaliland.

The UK delegation was led by the Foreign Office and Department for International Development’s Ministers, James Duddridge and Lynne Featherstone. The Somaliland delegation was led by President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo.

Attendees at today’s conference agreed that whilst the aid relationship will remain important, it will be business and investment that will prove increasingly important in creating jobs, sustainable growth and prosperity in Somaliland.

In Somaliland, where 63 per cent of men and 80 per cent of women between 25 and 34 years of age are unemployed, this need is particularly pressing.

Speaking at the event, Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge said:

The British Government is keen to build partnerships across Africa, and Somaliland is no exception. We want to help harness the power, the optimism and the drive of the people of Somaliland. We want to build on that and create a business environment which attracts inward investment, and which encourages the brightest talent in Somaliland to stay, and those who have left to return.

Department for International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

Business will be central to Somaliland’s growth and development. It is already happening – Hargeisa teems with people starting new businesses and shops. It is only through investment, trade and jobs that Somaliland can reduce its dependence on aid and remittances. People want the opportunity to work their own way out of poverty. People want the dignity that comes with a job and being able to provide for their own family. And the people of Somaliland, with all their entrepreneurial potential, are no exception.

The UK Government remains committed to help build a more economically stable and prosperous future for Somaliland. UK aid supports areas such as health, education and strengthening public financial management and governance, and importantly is helping to rebuild crucial infrastructure and create jobs.

But much of Somaliland’s potential remains untapped. The rich agriculture and livestock sectors could produce goods with much higher added value. Businesses can play a vital role in growing these sectors, and others like services and manufacturing, through investment.

The UK and Somaliland have a close and long standing relationship. The UK opened an office in Hargeisa in 2012 and recent months have seen several high level visits in both directions, including by the previous Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, who visited in April this year.

Further information

DFID’s programme in Somalia has grown significantly over the last 4 years (from £40m to £105m). DFID is one of the main bilateral partners for Somaliland and is supporting a wide range of programmes including health, education, and the flagship Somaliland Development Fund, which is rebuilding much-needed infrastructure such as roads and water supply.