Republic of Somaliland
Ministry of National Planning and Development

On the 15th of June, an Event was held in the Ambassador Hotel marking the official closing of the SDF-funded Capacity Surge Project Phase 2 (CSP2) in Hargeisa. Since November 2015, 130 civil servants from Hargeisa, Las Anod and Erigavo took part in CSP2, a training programme on project management delivered jointly by the SDF Secretariat and the Civil Service Institute. During the Closing Event, the 85 trainees from Hargeisa who had successfully completed the training, received Certificates of Project Management. Separate Events will be held in July for the trainees from Las Anod and Erigavo.

The Somaliland Minister for Environment and Rural Development Madam Shukri Haji Ismail Bandare has today officially closed a training program for 18 participants from Ministry’s regional offices.

More than 10,000 residents of Ayaha 1 and 2 settlements in the outskirts of Hargeisa city mainly vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are set to benefit from Ayaha 1 and 2 Water Supply System project funded by the Somaliland Development Fund and implemented by Hargeisa Water Agency. The project is expected to provide 302M3/day of water which will ensure the residents have access to clean and safe domestic water.

Hargeisa – 26th July 2017. The Government of Somaliland has today officially launched the Hamas-Hargeisa road rehabilitation project which is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF). The launching of the project was officiated by the H.E The President of the Republic of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud "Silanyo" at Hamas Town, along the Hargeisa – Berbera road.

Your Excellences and Ambassadors, Honorable Ministers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I wish to extend a warm welcome to all of you who have travelled to Hargeisa to attend the 9th High Level Aid Coordination Forum. We are very happy with the progress we have made through the High Level Aid Coordination Forum process in the past and we hope this year will provide us with an opportunity to make further progress.

On behalf of the Somaliland Government and people, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the development partners for their generous assistance to Somaliland over the years.  The support you provide has brought about a transformational improvement in the quality of life of Somaliland’s citizens, and has been an essential ingredient for Somaliland’s social and economic well-being.

This year is of course a special year for Somaliland.  It marks 25th year anniversary since Somalilanders exercised their right to self-determination, dissolved the failed union with Somalia on 18 May 1991 and reclaimed independence.  The Somaliland inherited was one that had been ravaged by conflict and military subjugations, yet Somalilanders have overcome tremendous adversity to create a stable and enduring peace by means of a locally-driven, bottom-up approach, built a democracy in which power changes hands peacefully in elections which are monitored internationally; and put in place a system of governance which upholds the rule of law, respects human rights, and provides services to its people.

We look forward to holding elections once again in March 2017, and despite short delays in voter registration due to the drought, preparations are on track.  Somaliland has done everything it can to ensure the elections take place on time, including paying additional costs due to delays caused by the drought, however, we urge donors to make good on their promise to deliver resources to support the voter registration process for the elections.

The firm foundations we have established in terms of peace, reconciliation, security and governance has produced an environment where government, civil society and international partners can work