EU launches $94 million program to boost development in Somalia
The EU Delegation to the Federal Republic of Somalia jointly with the Federal Government of Somalia and the hosting Jubaland State government, today launched the Inclusive Local and Economic Development (ILED) Programme. The event was graced by President of Jubaland H.E. Ahmed Islam Madoobe, Federal Minster of Planning, H.E. Gamal M Hassan, EU Charge D’ Affaires to Somalia Mr Fulgencio Garrido-Ruiz, Ministers of Planning from Federal Member States, international donors, implementing partners as well civil society organisations.
Worth €83 million, funded in the framework of the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) for Migration, ILED is a multi-sector programme whose objective is to contribute to stability in Somalia by an integrated territorial approach supporting local governance and stabilisation, promoting inclusive economic opportunities and protecting the most vulnerable.
_”This programme along with the recent Budget Support sets an important improvement in the EU partnership with Somalia and its strategy in the country, based on an increasing engagement with the national and local institutions and strong focus towards local implementation and service delivery.”_said EU Chargé d’Affaires, Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz during the launching event held in Kismayu.
The Programme will ensure alignment with national and local priorities and will be implemented along specific selected areas or corridors covering most of the country and showcasing those political, economic, social challenges and opportunities to be addressed in order to achieve stability.
The Jubaland President, H.E. Ahmed Islam Madoobe, appreciated the ILED approach, highlighting the need for supporting security, reconciliation and re-integration efforts made by both federal and state Governments with services and economic opportunities for the people.
“We are proud of the results of our ongoing cooperation and we welcome the ILED initiative to support our long-term efforts to build a better future for all Somalia as well as to promote investments and economic relations with our European partners”, expressed Minister of Planning H.E. Gamal M. Hassan.
The programmes will be tailored to the political, security and social needs of the targeted areas and a specific technical structure will be established to ensure the participation of Somali partners in the design and implementation of the specific actions along with the selected implementing partners.