Continuing life-saving response is vital, but only long-term development gains will lift the country out of poverty, vulnerability and insecurity.
January 29, 2018
George Conway, UNDP Somalia Country Director
Puteri Watson, Senior Operations Officer for the World Bank in Somalia
The year 2017 was momentous for Somalia, with the inauguration of a new president and parliament following a historic electoral process, and also the launch of a National Development Plan (2017–19). However, the peaceful transition of power was soon followed by the declaration of a “natural disaster” in the form of a prolonged drought that sparked fears of famine. By the end of 2017, 6.2 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance and over 1 million people internally displaced.
Recurrent drought, food insecurity and famine have become a...