Since proclaiming independence from Somalia in 1991, Somaliland has maintained a stable existence with a working political system but still lacks the skills, systems and resources to deliver effective services to its citizens. Most services are provided by the private sector, communities, NGOs or international development partners. The roll-out of public services will support the development of a strong, accountable relationship between the government and the population, underpinning efforts to strengthen social cohesion and economic prosperity.
Managed by us, the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is supporting the Government of Somaliland in the delivery of basic services. It is funding critical projects fully aligned to the National Development Plan in a range of sectors – roads, agriculture, livestock, environment, water, fisheries, education and health – as well as an overarching programme designed to build accountability and transparency through improved government-citizen communications. A key aspect of the project has been developing the skills and capabilities of more than 200 civil servants through on-the-job training.
The SDF is improving transport and water infrastructure, promoting growth and development, and boosting economic activity and industrial output across a number of sectors, enhancing food security, household incomes and livelihoods. Government institutions are better able to plan and prioritise development projects, manage budgets, and communicate information on new services, expenditure and outcomes to the public. The establishment of a responsive government that is accountable to its citizens will bolster political, economic and social stability.
The SDF is funded by UK aid, Danida, Norway and the Netherlands.
Visit the Somaliland Development Fund website to find out more.