Thursday, May 03, 2012
by Dalmar Gure
HOL - The US and UK announced today that they would contribute $9.5 million to assist in the launch of the Mogadishu Stabilization Plan. The announcement was made in a joint press release released by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG).
The Minister of Interior and National Security Mr. Abdisamad Maalim Mohamud and other officials within the TFG have been working alongside peace committees in all 16 districts of Mogadishu to cooperate in designing city-wide community projects known as “Dan Guud”; or ‘in the public interest’ in Somali.
The Minister said that “We see the Dan Guud program as the most ambitious project to be implemented in Mogadishu in recent times…. The Somali government is encouraged by the efforts of USAID and DFID and it is grateful for the funds. We hope to see this type of programming outside of Mogadishu in the near future.”
The aim of the project is to promote stabilization and reconciliation of Mogadishu through quick impact community projects that are chosen by District Peace Committees and community members.
Some of the proposed projects in the plan include road clearance, street lighting, beautification programs, building, rehabilitation and community events. The recovery strategy focuses on three sectors: human security, basic services and employment.
The Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamed Ahmed Nur expressed his gratitude to USAID and DFID for their support and said that “Dan Guud will help the city rise from the ashes”.
USAID has provided more than $300 million in assistance to Somalia since 2011 to support humanitarian aid, peace and recovery. The DFID’s aid programme in Somalia plans to spend an average of £69