Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011

UK Increases Aid to Somalia

Nairobi – British Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell MP, today announced increased support from the UK for Somalia, which will go towards improving security and living conditions for people on the ground.

The UK will triple development support to Somalia over the next three years, to create employment and other opportunities to give Somalis hope of a place where they can make a living in peace.

Announcing the conclusion of a global review of the bilateral development programme in the House of Commons, Andrew Mitchell said:

“We will focus our effort where the need is greatest, not only saving but transforming millions of lives by providing access to food, clean drinking water, basic healthcare and education.”

“We are increasing our efforts to tackle poverty in a number of conflict and fragile states. We know that no conflict or fragile state will achieve the Millennium Development Goals without significant extra help.”

The UK’s new bilateral programme for Somalia will promote long-term stability in order to transform the lives of the Somali people, by:

(i) responding promptly to the humanitarian needs of the people of Somalia;

(ii) working with communities in areas of relative stability such as Somaliland to strengthen peace and governance;

(iii) creating jobs long-term jobs;

(iv) improving access to better healthcare, especially for women and children.

The Head of DFID’s Kenya and Somalia office in Nairobi, Alistair Fernie said: “The aims of DFID’s programme in Somalia are to address the humanitarian effects of the conflict, consolidate local areas of stability and promote more legitimate government to build longer-term peace. Our increased aid will deliver results to the people of Somalia in spite of the difficult conflict circumstances. ”

UKaid in Somalia will provide at least 500,000 people a year with emergency humanitarian assistance. This will be used to treat severe malnutrition, increase child immunisation, and provide water and basic health care for communities in need.

UKaid will help create long-term jobs for 45,000 people. It will also improve health facilities, and train more doctors across the country so that Somalis get better access to healthcare, avoiding preventable deaths particularly among women and children.

To achieve these results, the UK government will continue to work through a range of trusted UN and non-governmental implementing partners, who are able to operate on the ground across most of Somalia, and whose work is subject to rigorous scrutiny.

Alistair Fernie added: “Progress and stability in Somalia are also vital for the security of the whole region, and for the UK. The results we hope to achieve in Somalia are not only delivered from the British people, they are also for the British people.”

Note to Editors:

1. UK aid allocations to help build peace and stability in Somalia could rise from £26m in 2010/11 to £80m per year over the next three years, depending on the results achieved by 2013/14.

2. UK aid is channelled through UN agencies and other well established and trusted partners, with tough safeguards to ensure that the aid is used properly on the ground. Our key UN partners will be the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

We may work with the World Food Programme (WFP) if we are convinced that their controls have improved. Although FAO and ILO scored poorly in DFID’s review of multilateral aid, evidence suggests that in Somalia they can deliver. We will monitor this closely.

3. We expect that most of our support to Somali NGOs will be through international NGOs.

4. UK Secretary of State Andrew Mitchell visited Hargesia on January 31, where he explained that 40 percent of UK’s aid to Somalia will go to Somaliland. Somaliland has shown that greater democracy and stable government are possible, even in this difficult country.

Source: British High Commission, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Mohamed

    I think the article says Somalia. Where did you get the idea of another country.

    • mohamed

      Read the body it says Somaliland.
      Cheers.

  • mohamed

    The UK increases of DFID Aid of #80 (Eighty pds) equally shared between Somaliland and Somalia
    announced by the British High Commission Nairobi Kenya covering the fiscal years 2010/11 & 2012/2013
    subject to review 2014 is indeed deserves a big welcome. This new approach also indicates the
    equal Per se existence of the two seperate states administered by their respective Governments.
    At long last the Somaliland Somalia problems could be administered through the UK more than any other IC sources which should maintain a leading political player in collaboration with the other important IC actors.
    Cheers.

  • abdi

    Thanks to Great Britain. we " somalilanders" do appreciate that a lot.

  • abdi

    sorry it don't cut as long we somalilanders and somalian keep getting handouts we will never get better belive me thats a fact

    • mohamed

      You don't call this generously handsome aid….a handout. The right definition should be development.
      Somaliland Govt.will definitely spend the aid wisely but for Somalia I doubt anything will work for as
      long as the TFG is in power.
      Cheers.

  • Man-who-knows

    Its not 40% but 60%.

  • mohamed

    Astounding Warya you seem to me telling a real story. Can you say a word or two what will become
    of Somalia and Somaliland. Please ask your uncle what he says but is he not another lying somali
    if all somalis are liars and aren't you too a somali. Just kidding.
    Cheers.

  • mohamed

    Astounding Warya Somalis are known to be the Irish of Africa. Why they also problems along with their
    counterparts the Irish of Europe is no surprise..why should it be even if you ask the Irish of
    North America!.
    Cheers.

  • Warsame

    Somaliland does not exist. Besides you have shown yourself to be murders, maybe the people of buhodle should take one of your tanks and make their own freedom square.

    • fuad

      freedom of believe and idea exists in somaliland,, feel free brother and appreciate that,, kkkkkk

    • mohamed

      The real leadership of Buhoodle iwm are in Hargeisa HQ. Ask the info. Minister Xaabsade or Qaybe
      in the upper Guurti house lawmakers (Senators) or the others overwhelming officials and public
      people of Buhoodle and Sool and Sanaag belong to the Harti Slanders who oppose the few
      unlawful few pockets of anti-Somaliland Nsum pro Alshabab and all other odds terrorising the
      Somaliland National peace and security…S/land's all 6 regions are in good hands and do whatever
      you are capable off but you are bound to end in disgraceful defeat as always been the case.
      Cheers.

  • retardedland hater

    somaliland needs to stop daydreaming. there are criteria for a region to get recognition. if palestine and taiwan are not recognized, why in the bloody hell should somaliland? the typical somalilander will blame all southerners for the bombing of hargeisa when it was one man who bombed them because of the SNM hiding in the northern cities. the typical somalilander will call for independence because they act they were the only ones who act like they suffered in the hands of siad barre (when every somali of virtually all clans and all regions did). they go and demand recognition when they do not even meet recognition.

    SOUTH SUDAN… now they meet the criteria for independence. NOT U! .

    • mohamed

      retarded thinking.
      Cheers.

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