European Union External Action

Somalia

Since 2008, the EU has provided more than €1.2 billion in assistance to Somalia. The EU’s aid focuses on three sectors: state building and securing peace, food security and education. Abdulkadir Muktar, a Somali Security officer, explains why investing in Somali security is a wise choice for European citizens.

On 21 January, 2017 EU Trust Fund project with IGAD was launched in Addis Ababa. The project aims at enhancing collaboration for development of cross-border areas in the IGAD region.

Muqdisho, 12ka Janaayo, 2017 - Midowga Yurub waxay soo dhoweynaysaa doorashada hogaanka Golaha    Shacabka Soomaaliyeed. Waa tallaabo muhiim oo ku aadan kala guurka siyaasadeed ee Soomaaliya una sahlayaa sidii loo so afjari habka dadban ee doorashada baarlamaanka bilaabmay 2016. Xildhibaanada cusub ee la doortay hadda, iyaga ayaa laga rabaa in ay soo jiitan kalsoonida shacabka Soomaaliyeed oo inta badan ku  xiraan wax qabadkooga.

 

Mogadishu, 12 January, 2017 - The EU welcomes the election of the Leadership of the House of the People. It is an important step in Somalia's political transition that will allow Somalia to soon conclude the indirect parliamentary electoral process that started in 2016. The newly elected parliamentarians will now, through their actions, have to earn the trust and confidence of the Somali people.

The EU Delegation and Member States recognise the progress made during this electoral process. In particular, the process has largely been peaceful in spite of the volatile security context, involved a far greater number of electors, and has taken place across Somalia. Though falling short of meeting the 30% political commitment, real progress has been made with regard to women's representation. This now needs to translate into greater opportunity and voice for women and youth in Somali politics and society.

The electoral process was, however, marred by intimidation, corruption and manipulation by stakeholders, and with most of the mandated electoral and dispute resolution bodies not being able to fulfil their role as expected. Lessons must be learnt from this process to ensure the Somali people are allowed to fully embrace their democratic rights in the future. Not only should all Somalis have a chance to exercise these rights, but there should be no place for intimidation and manipulation, for corruption, impunity and violence. Somalia needs strong, independent institutions for this to become a reality.

The EU Delegation and Member States express the hope that, with the incoming political leadership of the country, the newly elected parliamentarians will now focus on the challenges at hand: consensus-building and reconciliation; providing governance, services and security to the people; building a credible and capable security sector and consolidating the constitutional basis that should underpin Somalia's state-building project. The Federal Parliament is the guardian of the Constitution. We call upon the newly elected Parliamentarians to undertake this important task with integrity and foresight.

As EU, we will continue to support a Somalia that is committed to the promotion of fundamental values and principles, and to delivering a better future for its people.

The Delegation of the European Union to the Federal Republic of Somalia (Nairobi based) is seeking to recruit a Temporary Project Assistant. This is a Local Position for a limited duration of three (3) months.

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