1.8 billion euro for Somalia
To build on the momentum of progress
Somalia receives 1.8 billion euros from the European Union and international donors to support further political and sustainable economic development in the East African country. The European Union has come to this pledge together with the Somali government and the international community at ‘A New Deal for Somalia’ Conference in Brussels on September 16, 2013. Somali Diaspora, who attended the conference agree this pledge brings hope for a better future in the country.
With this pledge, the European and Somali officials agreed to support ‘A New Deal Compact’ that has been drawn up following the guidelines to constructing fragile states. These guidelines have been developed by the g7+, countries that are or have been affected by conflict and are in transition to the next stage of development. The Compact, set up by the EU, the Somali government and the international community during the conference, is the foundation of their mutual commitment to a three year plan that delivers peace, security, economic growth, employment and prosperity to all Somali people.
The pledge of 1.8 billion euro will not be donated at once to the Somali government, but will be provided in smaller parts, directly to the programme-activities. "The programme presented in this Compact is based on consultations with citizens, at the national level and with international partners", explains President Sheikh Mohamud. Citizens, civil society and parliament were consulted in Mogadishu, Baldoe, Galkayo and Garowe. The priorities and principles of the Compact were validated at a multi-stakeholder consultative meeting in September 2013 in Mogadishu. During the conference in Brussels also different groups of Somali people have been listened too. “This indicates how Somalis can get united when it comes to a better future for their country. The Compact can help us to get Somalia back on its feet.”
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