The African Development Bank's Board of Directors recently signed off on the Bank's Somalia Country Brief 2017-2020 plan. This is the plan which the bank will be using to help reinforce the country's institutions and critical infrastructures.
Somalia Tender and Business News
The ancient trading port of Berbera, lying on the Gulf of Aden opposite Yemen and steeped in history, would be a shoo-in candidate for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site except for two problems. It's part of Somaliland, which means or most of the world it is still viewed as part of Somalia. It is also crumbling so fast that there soon may be nothing for UNESCO to consider.
Somalia's famine between the years 2010 and 2012 killed more than 250,000 people in the country. One of that period's hard-won lessons was that sometimes the best aid to help the country is not food -- but just cash -- so locals can determine the best solution for each area.
The VC4A Startup Academy, an online self-learning tool, now offers African entrepreneurs and investors direct access to individual mentors who can help those launching new businesses in the region.
Voice of America was the winner of he 2017 Cowan Award for Humanitarian Reporting, for its wide-ranging multimedia project, "Hunger Across Africa", with first-hand reports from the areas most affected by widespread famine and drought in the continent.
After a four-day official visit by H.E. Abdi Ashur Hassan, Somalia's Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Technology, to Djibouti, the Somali minister and H.E. Abadi Youssouf Sougeh, Djibouti's counterpart, have issued a joint statement on plans for cooperation between the two countries on telecom issues.
Donors were recently briefed on the status of the new Multi-Partner Somalia Infrastructure Fund (SIF) by the African Development Bank. The session also included a look at AfDB's new Country Brief for Somalia.
Internet and data services to South and Central Somalia have just been restored, after previous damage to a major fiber-optic cable in the region for approximately three weeks. The owner of the cable, in partnership with the Fed
Drought conditions in East Africa are worsening rapidly, leaving crops scorched, pastures dying with water, and thousands of livestock dead. So says an urgent alert warning issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on July 14.
After much consideration, Somalia's Cabinet of the Federal Government just passed the draft National Communications Act by a unanimous vote.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the African Union agreed they need to step up joint efforts significantly to end hunger and sustain peace on the continent. The status quo is not enough.
The World Bank just approved $50 million for a major step up in its drought response and recovery effort in Somalia.
On May 22, Somalia's Ministry of Posts, Telecom and Technology held a public consultation meeting on the "Draft Communication Law", as part of series of meetings aimed at increasing public participation in the draft law.
Rural Somali families will be receiving $100 cash grants from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) shortly, to help make it through some of the lean times brought on by severe drought.
The Innovate Accelerator, a successful tech start-up accelerator created and run by Somalia-based Innovate Ventures, is launching its second year of operation and is currently looking for companies interested in being a part of this year's program.
Multilateral development banks (MDBs) leaders have agreed to deepen their collaboration to encourage private sector investment in vital infrastructure needed to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth throughout the world.
Natural disasters are the driver behind around half of all emergency multilateral food assistance to Africa, with advancing droughts significantly threatening both livelihoods and economic growth.
European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica just announced a further increase in funding -- in the amount of €165 million -- to deal with the multiple crises of drought, famine, and the destruction from violent conflict in the Horn of Africa.
The Sahil Primary School in Somalia will be getting 6 new permanent classrooms, 8 latrines, and student furniture to support more than 500 children from IPD settlements in Somalia's Dayniile District. This all thanks to a $83 million grant provided by the Government of Japan.
On February 20, South Sudan became the first country since 2012 to declare famine. With drought creating havoc in many African regions, they may not be the last, as UNICEF just warned that 1.4 million children are at risk of dying from starvation with famine also imminent in Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen.
As farming families in Horn of Africa countries struggle with the effects of multiple droughts, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that hunger will rise and further declines in local livelihoods will continue in the coming months. This is part of why the FAO has announced its new Early Warning Early Action Fund (EWEA), for which Somalia and Kenya will be among the first countries served.
Somalia will soon be receiving £1.5 million of support from the UK Department for International Development to help establish a new fund to deliver key infrastructure projects for the African nation.
China has delivered a grant in the amount of USD $1.2 million to support the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
Somalia's Bossaso Municipality, located in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, is planned as a city extension which can handle increased urban growth and bring public services closer to the region's economic hub. To help make that plan as inclusive and successful as possible, current plans for this were reviewed publicly for the first time in a town hall meeting this month.
Somali education authorities, global education thought leaders, and other international partners recently came together in a two-day planning session to discuss the country's new educational curriculum, and to share best practices in how to accelerate its adoption throughout all Somali regions and states.