Published On: Wed, Jun 22nd, 2011

USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator visits

HARGEISA, Somaliland - The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, Rajakumari Jandhyala, traveled to Hargeisa to see USAID’s work with Somalis and to learn about progress of USAID programs. The Deputy Assistant Administrator met with government representatives, staff members from USAID’s Partnership for Economic Growth, Somali Interactive Radio Instruction Program and the Somali Youth and Livelihood Program, private sector business people, and visited the USAID-supported Mohamoud Mooge Learning Center.

“I’m thrilled to see what USAID and the Somali people have achieved together,” said USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, Rajakumari Jandhyala. “Supporting economic growth, education and youth empowerment truly touches the lives of people, and that is what USAID is all about. I look forward to seeing the results of the next level of our collaboration on these programs.”

In 2011 USAID has provided over $20 million in development assistance to Somaliland in the areas of governance, education, economic growth, youth livelihoods, and stabilization.

  • Duale

    Shuuush, why do you keep bragging about the amount of aid you are receiving from the west. Sometimes it just ok to be quite about certain things. Look what happened to the British International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell's visit to Somaliland and how much the Somalis have insulted him for visiting and increasing the UK aid to Somaliland.

    • Saleebaan Xaaji

      If anyone insulted Mr. Mitchell for visiting Somaliland and increasing UK aid, then that is their problem. Somaliland has managed to use whatever funds it receives wisely, whilst other parts of the region have become a black hole for aid in any form.

  • abdi

    If Somaliland spends this money wisely on education, education and specially building schools and colleges in rural areas, it can gain a lot from this money. The most urgent need is educating rural population that form 50% of the population of somaliland.

  • Saleebaan Xaaji

    Indeed not only education, but also infrastructure, such as health centers, roads, and other areas of need in terms of social development.

  • Ali Dheere

    Usually western donors, including USAID, control every penny they give. 50% of that amount will go back to USAID for admin charges, travel, allowances, etc. The rest will be controlled by the "50% spenders" of where and how to spend it.

    Though any kind aid and grant is welcome and helpful, we cannot depend on aids and grants for ever. The government should strive to find some more ways of generating revenues. Development of agriculture, animal husbandry, mining, oil exploration is a must.

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  • Boqoljireh

    Yes Mr. Ali Dheere, you right. Why Mr. Rajakumari Jandhyala his bosses do not employe a capable co-ordinator Somalilander who will the bulk of what they need to achieve in Somaliland instead of travelling back and forth. We welcome their help, but they should have a base in Somaliland and create jobs for our graduates who are jobless in our main towns. USAID must realize that staying in Nairobi for obvious reason will Humber their job and our people will not benefit 100% of what they wish to give. I hope they will realize that before they end up with disapproval.

  • Boqoljireh

    Correction: Mr. Rajakumari Jandhyala and his Bosses employ a capable Co-ordinator from Somaliland who will do the bulk of what they need to achieve in Somaliland instead of travelling back and forth from Nairobi or Djibouti. We welcome their help, but they should have a base in Somaliland and create jobs for our graduates who are jobless in our main towns. USAID should realize that and minimize staying in Nairobi. If they continue travelling a lot to and from, it will definitely Humber their job and our people will not benefit fully of their endeavors. I hope they will change and realize the way they run these projects should be revisited for the good of both.

  • axmad

    S/land needs recognition not aid. we don't need hand outs and we are not beggars. with recognition investors and trade will flourish. without recognition s/land is doomed to another 20 years of underdevelopment. how can we trade with the world without recognition which stops business from investing because we are not recognised. with recognition comes investment and trade. period. s/land gov. need to ask AU for a date for them to discuss s/land recognition.

  • Dahir

    Aid equals corruption. our politicians will not see, we the people as their boss once they receive Aid from others.
    Somaliland public (we the people) should be careful.

  • truth

    Well said sister Gobaad……

  • faisal

    your idea deserves love,, do you think Slaanyo has the right cabinet who will fulfill all what you said?

  • Mohamd

    SL people have their hands tied behind their backs thanks to the neglect and sabotage of the UN and its sponsors. These guys should be brought to a court of law for their crimes against SL people, rather than making such a little promise a big deal. "aid" is a promise since no one has the right to claim or give aid.

    If we had proper leaders, at least they would have made a stop to the hate fest of appointed government officials for Somalia whose only job is to openly discriminate and making hate speeches publicly. They even sing in hate songs against SL all paid with UN cheque books.

  • Gobaad

    What happened to my comment I posted here?!!!!

  • Kayse

    whatever it is the important thing here to remember is that somaliland will no longer receive its aid through mogadishu nor cast its voice through that ghost town. somaliland will demand and receive its share independently like all independent nations…the usAid visit will see the reality on the ground will will feature strengthen somaliland and US relations….thats whats important

  • i love Somaliland

    Many Somalilanders here are not aware of a major threat "desertification" Its not too late but aforesration has to be one of Somaliland priority to escape the catastrophe in the near future

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