rx http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/plugin.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The new package of support comes as Somalia’s government is set to agree its first strategy to coordinate its development and plan a more peaceful future at the New Deal for Somalia conference in Brussels.
The UK’s support will ensure 8,400 children are treated for malnutrition and 5,300 babies receive life-saving immunisations. The UK will also pledge new support to boost Somalia’s economic development by encouraging more investment and generating thousands of new jobs across the country.
Speaking at conference, the UK also called on other countries to follow the UK’s lead and support Somalia’s own plans for its future reconstruction. International Development Secretary Justine Greening said Britain is already forging a new and special relationship with Somalia.
“It is right that we help Somalia to get back on its feet and stop the country falling back into the arms of terrorism, famine and insecurity. This new roadmap for reconstruction is a once in a generation opportunity to support Somalia’s plans for a safer and more prosperous future. We must give ordinary Somalis the support they need to make this a reality, said Greening.
The UK’s new £50 million package will support Somalia’s New Deal Compact.
The new £15 million grant will treat 8,400 more young children suffering from acute malnutrition, ensure 4,500 mothers can give birth with the help of a trained health worker and fully immunise 5,300 babies from deadly diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.
It will also ensure 500,000 men, women and children can access a safe water supply.
The new £5 million grant to the Somaliland Development Fund will ensure that ordinary Somalis in Hargeisa and across Somaliland can benefit.
Develop a new £5 million programme to research and improve how financial services operate in South Central Somalia and Somaliland.
In total, the UK’s support to Somalia’s economic recovery is expected to generate 6,000 new jobs, support 60 start-up companies and drive an additional $20 million of private investment into Somalia.
Working with the World Bank and the Federal Government, the UK will provide a £25 million grant to support Somalia’s economic recovery plan. The new commitment will include rehabilitating critical infrastructure such as ports, water supplies, sanitation and street lighting, boost growth in agriculture, livestock and fisheries and create jobs across the country.
The New Deal for Somalia conference took place on Monday in the Egmont Palace in central Brussels, Belgium.
The conference set out a set of key priorities and new support for the reconstruction of Somalia over the next three years.
The UK’s new pledge of a further £50 million to Somalia is in addition to DFID’s existing annual £80 million programme in Somalia.
The Brussels conference brought together Somali and international partners to agree a ‘New Deal Compact’ to ensure support for Somalia is properly coordinated and supports the plans of the Federal Government and the people of Somalia for the future. This will include: