Burao - 17 September 2022
The Ministry of Transport and Roads Development (MoTRD) has today officially launched the Burao-Berbera Road Rehabilitation Project which is funded by the second phase of the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF). The launching of the project was officiated by the President of Somaliland, H.E. Muse Bihi Abdi, in Burao, Togdheer region. The event was also attended by the Minister of Transport and Roads Development, H.E. Abdirisak Ibrahim Abdi, the Minister for Planning and National Development, Dr Ahmed Aden Buhane, the Governor of Togdheer region, the Mayor of Burao Town, senior officials from the government of Somaliland, members of the SDF Secretariat and residents of Burao and Berbera.
The project seeks to fully rehabilitate 62 km of road and four bridges between Burao and Berbera with an aim of improving connectivity between Burao and Berbera towns. This will effectively provide better connectivity between Eastern Somaliland, which is the largest source of Somaliland livestock, and the seaport city of Berbera.
Under the project, the following activities are being implemented:
Recently, three firms were contracted under the SDF to concurrently implement the rehabilitation of the road works including the four bridges at the cost of USD 8 million. These firms are Somaliland Hono Group, Ihsan Construction and Drilling Company and Chongqing Overseas Construction Corporation (COCC). The firms are expected to fully complete the rehabilitation work in the next 12 months. Once completed, the proposed project is expected to lead to a reduction in travel times, vehicle operating costs and motor vehicle accidents, in areas traversed and connected by the road.
In his opening remarks, the President of Somaliland, H.E. Muse Abdi Bihi said “I applaud the Somaliland Development Fund, Ministry of Planning, and Ministry of Transport, Roads Development for this critical infrastructure project. Roads are currently the most critical infrastructure, and my government is doing everything it can to prioritize them. The one we are launching today is a great example.”
Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Transport and Roads Development, H.E. Abdirisak Ibrahim Abdi, applauded the donors for their participation and generous contribution to the development of Somaliland. In addition to that, The Minister said: " The road project launched today is one of the biggest projects in Eastern regions and is part of the second National Development Plan priority. We anticipate that improved connectivity between Burao and Berbera will boost economic growth.”
The Minister for Planning and National Development, Dr Ahmed Aden Buhane in his remarks thanked the SDF development partners (UK, Demark, The Netherlands and Norway) for their generosity and commitment towards uplifting Somaliland’s economy through government-led projects such as the project being launched today. He also highlighted that “the Somaliland Development Fund was established in 2012 as the government's preferred vehicle to delivering inclusive economic development to Somaliland. SDF investments are guided by the National Development Plan priorities.”
The Somaliland Development Fund – Phase 2 (SDF2) covers the period 2018-2024. SDF2 is conceived as an inclusive economic development programme, supporting the GoSL in delivering infrastructure that is relevant for inclusive economic development. It focuses on sustainable investments that spur job creation and fast growth, while at the same time laying the foundation for long-term resilience and development, leading to a more stable and peaceful Somaliland. SDF2’s ambitions are fully aligned with the NDP2 and reflect the priorities set out in Somaliland Vision 2030. SDF is funded by contributions from the governments of the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway.
Geed Deeble, Hargeisa - 10 August 2022
On his maiden visit to the projects funded under the Somaliland Development Fund Phase 2 (SDF2), the new Minister of Planning and National Development, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Adan Ahmed Buhane, reached Geed Deeble and Biyo-Shiinaha, situated approximately 25km north of Hargeisa city. This area has been the principal source of water for Hargeisa since 1972.
Under its current phase, SDF is funding two water projects for Hargeisa city. During this monitoring and learning visit, the Minister was joined by the Deputy Head of Office and Head of Development, British Office Hargeisa, Morgan Riley, the Director of Planning of Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA), Ahmed Muse Dahir, and other government officials.
At the New Geed Deeble Pumping Station (NGDPS), funded by other development partners, the Minister was briefed by HWA’s Director of Planning about the status of the water projects. “The first project, which was completed in 2020, was the construction of a new wellfield collector as the old one needed to be replaced because it was not able to deliver additional water to Hargeisa.” He added that the second project, the Laasdhure Project, is proceeding as planned, with most of the preparatory work completed such as selection of contractors. Its primary contribution is the addition of four million liters of water per day to Hargeisa, through the construction of a 14km pipeline connecting the three boreholes in the Laasdhure wellfield to the NGDPS.
These projects are part of the wider Hargeisa water supply improvements and will thus contribute to a greater number of citizens having access to clean and affordable water. Additionally, the ongoing SDF-funded water project is also supporting a water study, which is aimed at identifying other water sources for Hargeisa city in the next 20 years.
The Minister visited the several project sites in Geed Deeble to observe the various project components, including boreholes, the new pumping station, electro-mechanical equipment for water pumping, distribution lines, and storage facilities.
The Minister briefed the media at the end of today’s monitoring visit, saying, “I am happy to visit here today because of its importance. I saw the wonderful job that has been done so far. As per the HWA’s brief and the realities I have seen, I can confidently say that the project is on track, and we are looking forward to its completion in September and bringing clean and affordable water to Hargeisa city.”
Finally, the Minister commended Somaliland's development partners (the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway) for their continued support of the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF), emphasizing that the SDF remains the country's chosen vehicle for development partnership.
Hargeisa - 3 August 2022
The Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MoLFD), H.E. Saeed Sulub Mohamed, today officially launched the Aroori Livestock Centre of Excellence (ALCE) in Hargeisa. The ALCE is one of the activities under the Strengthening Animal Production and Health Services Project funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF). This activity follows a groundbreaking event conducted by the Minister in Aroori in June 2022.
The Strengthening Animal Production and Health Services Project aims to improve the livelihood of livestock producers and fodder farmers in Togdheer and Sanaag regions through trainings, operational research, disease surveillance support and increased fodder production.
With funding from the first phase of the SDF, the Ministry of Livestock established the Aroori Livestock Holding Ground (LHG), which has provided hundreds of thousands of livestock with much-needed fodder and water, hence effectively cautioning them from starvation and death for a period of over three months. With funding from the second phase of the SDF, the Ministry foresees converting the Aroori LHG to a Livestock Centre of Excellence (LCE). The new Aroori LCE will serve as a center for applied research, knowledge, and information dissemination for the livestock producers in Somaliland. The Centre will work directly with the pastoralist communities in the area and will disseminate livestock development knowledge and best practices to the local people.
This event marks the commencement of a range of sub activities aimed at converting the current Aroori LHG in Togdheer into an LCE which includes:
Speaking during the event, the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development, H.E. Saeed Sulub Mohamed, stated that “the conserved land in Aroori sustained the lives of 4,000 families during this drought season. When we allowed livestock owners to access Aroori Livestock Holding Ground, it provided water and fodder to 800,000 sheep and goats, 21,000 camels, 400 cattle in Togdheer, Sanaag, and its surroundings.”
The Minister further reiterated that “the Ministry decided to upgrade Aroori LHG to Livestock Center of Excellence to consolidate the above-mentioned results and ensure continuity to providing the livestock producers with the much-required fodder and water in the future.”
The Aroori Livestock Centre of Excellence (ALCE) is a part of the Strengthening Animal Production and Health Services Project funded by Somaliland Development Fund Phase 2 (SDF2) and is implemented by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MoLFD). SDF2 covers the period 2018-2024. SDF2 is conceived as an inclusive economic development programme, supporting the GoSL in delivering relevant infrastructure. It focuses on sustainable investments that spur job creation and fast growth, while at the same time laying the foundation for long-term resilience and development, leading to a more stable and peaceful Somaliland. SDF2’s ambitions are fully aligned with the NDP2 and reflect the priorities set out in Somaliland Vision 2030. SDF2 is funded by contributions from the governments of the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway.
When you enter Cusbaale, a hamlet settlement under Dhaboolaq in Maroodijeeh, you notice wells having water, water trucking and a few beautiful farms, even in the current drought. Cusbaale lies not far from the banks of the little seasonal stream that runs through Dhaboolaq village to the West and is home to a small inter-related agricultural community.
Mohamed Muhumed, 60, and his extended family (six families in two huts) have lived with their livestock on two farms in Cusbaale their entire life. Mohamed reminisces about the time before investments were made in water in his village.
“For a long time, our small settlement suffered from acute water shortages of drinking water, aggravated by climate change. We sometimes relocated and mostly depended on distant sources. The nearest was Dhaboolaq, almost 5 km to and from every day in the scorching sun.”
Fortunately, in 2018, through the Sustainable Land Management Project implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture Development and funded under the first phase of the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF1), Cusbaale was identified as one of the places to build sub-surface dams. A total of six sub-surface dams were built, with a depth of 4 meters and a width of 40 meters each, across the Cusbaale riverbed. The objective of the sub-surface dams was to increase the water storage and raise the water table for the village to provide sustainable water.
Nearly 900,000 meters of soil bunds were constructed around farming areas to reduce water runoff velocity and retain moisture for the farms. Two years later, a charity organization came to the village to dig wells. The locals showed them where the sub-surface dams had been built and the water table was expected to be high.
"With our guidance, six shallow wells were dug across the areas where we thought the water table had risen. Four of the new wells are just a few steps away from our home. We have more water usage options during the drought, including drinking, washing, cleaning, and watering animals."
According to Mohamed, six nearby settlements are directly benefiting from the water. Water truckers are also able to obtain water and sell it to remote areas at low cost.
After relying on the wells for the last few years, it seems that their level is dropping but it is expected there will be adequate water if a few more meters are dug. Therefore, Mohamed and his neighbors are planning to form a farming cooperative to dig the wells deeper and then utilize them for irrigation purposes to increase their productivity and subsequently raise their family income.
The Durdur Ad Catchment located in Awdal region is among the most suitable areas for agriculture in Somaliland. Unfortunately, the area has been facing land degradation challenges, particularly extensive soil erosion resulting in deep gullies formation. This decline in natural agricultural resources has a direct impact on the communities who have settled in the area permanently and who depend almost entirely on crop production and livestock keeping. The ongoing drought means an even more significant impact on these rural livelihoods and community resilience to environmental shocks.
With support from the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) through the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), Agricultural Development Organization (ADO), a local partner organization, is implementing an 18-month soil and water conservation management project in Awdal’s Dilla and Jaarahorato areas. The project is providing short-term employment opportunities to the local communities through cash-for-work activities, such as constructing soil bunds, hillside terracing, eyebrow bunds, trenches, and water ways to hold water run-off for farms in Dilla to improve agricultural production.
Ibrahim Qasim, a 50-year-old father of nine children, was happy to be among the 50 farmers who have participated in the construction of soil bunds for 22 farms in Dilla in the last three months. Ibrahim and his family were also among farmers trained in modern farming skills. He said;
"I have already applied these skills and am looking forward to better yields. I settled all my arrears at a local shop and was able to pay the school fees and food for the children. We are also optimistic and ready for the rain, thanks to the new soil and water conversation structures."
Since most of the farmers in Dilla have been unable to get enough yield from their farms since the end of 2021 due to a failed Deyr season, the cash-for-work payments have been a boost and have filled a gap in household revenues.
Soil and water conservation management is part of the SDF-funded Sustainable Land Management Project launched in November 2021 in Borama, Awdal region. The project will provide improved food security and income to 20,000 agro-pastoralists in the project area through rehabilitating 10,000 hectares of land, making it more fertile and capable of supporting both agricultural and pastoral activities for a longer period.
A big moment in Abokor Mohamed's career came last year when he and six members of SHABA’s technical team participated in an on-the-job training on steel tank installation by Rhino International. SHABA, a private operator, has been managing the Borama water supply services since 2003 as a PPP with the Ministry of Water Resource Development (MoWRD). Under the SDF2-funded Borama water project at the MoWRD, Rhino, an Australian company, was contracted to supply and install two 500,000 litre steel tanks and conduct on-the-job training for SHABA’s technical department.
As a result of the training and other support, SHABA will no longer need to hire international experts to do similar jobs. The technicians will be a great asset for Borama's water system and are also willing to offer their expertise to other water utilities in the country as the need arises.
Abokor Mohamed, 25, left school at an early age and became a water technician to support his extended family. He is now working as a technician for SHABA, a public-private partnership with the MoWRD that manages Borama water. For the last six years, he has been involved in water distribution initiatives in Borama town for SHABA.
"I was unsure how we would assemble these two large tanks at the beginning, but with on-the-job assistance from Rhino experts, we began to install the first tank. On the first two days, they showed us the foundations, and in the next five days, we gained the confidence to complete the first tank in seven days. The second tank was even easier to install and was completed in six days" - says Abokor with confidence.
Abokor Ahmed has positive thoughts towards his career and is looking forward to offering this to other water utilities in the country. He also inspires the youth of his age to shift gears and learn technical skills to go a long way. “The project has helped me gain knowledge and skills to strengthen my position in the department.”
In Togdheer, the majority of a pastoralist’s life depends on livestock rearing and rainfall for livestock pasture. However, recurrent seasons of low rainfall have resulted in prolonged drought, the depletion of grazing land and animal deaths. That's why Aroori Livestock Holding Ground (LHG) was rehabilitated under the first phase of the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) to enhance livestock exporting systems with infrastructure and provide livestock producers and traders with the means to preserve the condition and market value of export animals. The project has rehabilitated several communal water sources including four shallow wells and two boreholes for pastoral communities in Aroori.
"Local shallow wells dried up in the locations I visited, and the price of water increased. I lost 90 goats since I couldn't afford to buy water for my livestock. I decided to relocate here a few days ago from Hara-dada Gubato Hill, 120 kilometers from Aroori. I am so happy to finally be able to settle near Aroori and provide for my family and animals” - Mohamed Hersi
Sahra Ahmed, 38, mother of seven, used to reside 5km from Aroori. She lost 40 goats due to the looming drought. She also had to relocate multiple times in order to feed her livestock, before settling near the livestock holding ground. It has saved her livestock and family.
In February 2022, great news came when the governor of Togdheer, Mohamed Abdilahi, reopened the Aroori Livestock Holding Ground. The pastoralists from Togdheer and even beyond are now benefiting from this grazing land. The grazing land has helped in saving millions of livestock and impacts the many human lives that rely on the meat, milk, and revenue generated from them during this critical time. Nowadays, grunts of camels and bleats of goats are regular sounds heard before entering Aroori Livestock Holding Ground.
“Pastoralists came from as far as the Somali region in Ethiopia. There are close to 1 million goats and sheep, as well as 17,500 camels, grazing here right now. We also have a veterinary team that is constantly performing livestock treatment activities” - Abdi Weli, LHG manager in an interview with SAAB TV.
Access to safe drinking water for both human and animal population is fundamental for good quality of life. Pastoralist communities in the Qool Caday grazing plain of Somaliland, have long suffered the lack of a centralized communal water system for human and animal consumption, despite the fact that the topography of the area offers suitable conditions for sustainable water harvesting.
To address this gap, the Somaliland Ministry of Livestock has secured funding from the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) to implement the Livestock Holding Ground Project. The project supports the construction of water harvesting infrastructure including drilling of two boreholes and excavation of three earth dams, as well as other livestock enhancing support services including the construction of seven animal health and inspection centers.
“We are all very excited about the project. This project has come a long way in restoring hope of water for the pastoralists in the Aroori grazing areas. Water is life.”
Aden Mohamed, Resident Aroori, Togdheer
The livelihoods of the pastoralists in the Aroori grazing area near Burao mainly depend on herding livestock, good rains and pasture. Recently, their way of life has come under threat due to the recurring droughts, environmental degradation, livestock depletion and drinking water shortages that are experienced in the area during the dry season.
Somaliland has a long coast line of 850 km along the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. These waters are home to various species of fish. Unfortunately, Somaliland fishermen are currently capturing less than 5% of the estimated sustainable fish stock in Somaliland.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Water Technology Institute was held on 26 July 2017 in Hargeisa. The event marks the start of the construction of the renewed Water Technology Institute. The project is implemented by the Somaliland Ministry of Water Resources and is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF).
The institute, which provides short term vocational trainings, currently consists of one work shop and two small rooms. The Ministry will construct a one-story building and four classrooms. After completion of the construction, it is expected that the institute can admit more students in a regular way and provide a more advanced level of training.
Somaliland is a water-scarce country and access to a safe and permanent water supply is a major problem. Against this background, the Somaliland Development Fund, through the Ministry of Water Resources, has funded the Water Resources Development Project. The project aims to improve the availability and access of water in Somaliland in a sustainable, equitable and environmentally safe way for all different uses.
Sool and Sanaag regions have the worst access to education indicators in Somaliland. The two regions are located in the East of Somaliland, which is remote and difficult to access. In education, the main challenges stem from long-term inadequate resource allocations for maintenance of educational infrastructure, underpayment and shortage of qualified staff, and grossly insufficient educational materials and supplies.
The 38-year-old Mustafa from Debis, Sahil region, has been working in the forest almost every day for the last 20 years cutting trees to secure a living for his immediate and extended family. He has been increasingly anxious about the nature of his job. Now, Mustafa is back to the vicinity where he used to conduct his charcoal business, but this time is different: he is participating in the conservation of the forest, turning from “war on nature to savior” as a result of a forestry project, implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Rural Development.
Engineering has always been a male-dominated career terrain where very few women dare to tread. For many, it is just one of those careers that hasn’t truly shaken off the ‘male-female’ divide. In Somaliland, however, two young women are pushing that boundary and demystifying the perception that engineering as a career is an exclusive preserve of men. Naima Faisal Mohamud and Nimco Mohamed Ibrahim are both Civil Engineers attached to the Roads Development Agency in Hargeisa.
Abdi Hashi, 53, agro-pastoralist, lives in Laalayska, a village in the Maroodijeh Upper Catchment area, about 24 km west of Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. His home, a small hut, is located at the bottom of a hill on rough terrain overlooking the dry agricultural land of Mahbuubta area. Lack of water has turned the surrounding trees black and the soil dry. Rain has been sporadic over the recent years and the area is now experiencing a drought. Over the past years, persistent water scarcity, recurrent droughts and soil erosion have led to poor harvests from farms and killed many of the livestock he owned. Due to soil erosion and overgrazing, the little uncultivated land available has gradually turned into rough terrain and gullies formed in the eroded parts.
Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA) conducted a launching ceremony for construction of new Water Quality Laboratory at the HWA offices. Being the first of its kind in Somaliland, upon completion, the laboratory will be used for water quality monitoring to ensure that all the safety of water consumed in Hargeisa. Specifically, the laboratory will be used for conducting bacteriological, waste, heavy metal, full chemical and sediment analysis to ensure the water is of good quality for any intended purpose. This will ensure that the about I million residents of Hargeisa and Somaliland citizens in general have clean drinking water.
Hargeisa- 3 August 2016- The Somaliland Development Fund has today officially handed over twelve motor vehicles to four line Ministries and one government Agency implementing Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) projects at the Ministry of National Planning and Development offices. The handover event was officiated by the Hon. Ali Hussien Ismail, the Minister of National Planning and Development who is also the Chairperson of the National Planning Commission and the SDF Joint Steering Committee.
The Somaliland Minister of Health, Mr. Saleeban Essa Ahmed, and the Minister of Education, Mr. Abdillahi Ibrahim Habbane, jointly officiated over the launching of the reconstruction of the Las Anod boarding school and rehabilitation of Las Anod regional Hospital.
On the 15th of June, an Event was held in the Ambassador Hotel marking the official closing of the SDF-funded Capacity Surge Project Phase 2 (CSP2) in Hargeisa. Since November 2015, 130 civil servants from Hargeisa, Las Anod and Erigavo took part in CSP2, a training programme on project management delivered jointly by the SDF Secretariat and the Civil Service Institute. During the Closing Event, the 85 trainees from Hargeisa who had successfully completed the training, received Certificates of Project Management. Separate Events will be held in July for the trainees from Las Anod and Erigavo.
More than 10,000 residents of Ayaha 1 and 2 settlements in the outskirts of Hargeisa city mainly vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are set to benefit from recently completed Ayaha 1 and 2 Water Supply System project. The project which is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund and implemented by Hargeisa Water Agency is expected to provide 302M3/day of water which will ensure the residents have access to clean and safe domestic water throughout year.
Hargeisa, Somaliland. On 9 June 2015 – a delegation from the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) accompanied by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) donors visited the Roads Development Agency (RDA) laboratory to see the equipment funded by the SDF. Later on, the delegation visited Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA) pipe storage facility where recently imported pipes for Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project pipes have been stored. The purpose of the visit was to provide the GoSL and the donors with an opportunity to see recently supplied modern laboratory in RDA as well as the recently arrived 371 container loads with 3,696 pieces of 600mm ductile pipes (slightly over 21km) meant for use in the upgrading of the Hargeisa Urban Water main water pipeline. An additional 124 containers with pipes, valves and fittings are expected during the coming month. Both laboratory equipment and the pipes are funded by the SDF.
A delegation of donors contributing to the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) accompanied the Government of Somaliland officials on the first joint meeting to the SDF funded projects. The visit was conducted on 2 March 2015 to the Ministry of Agriculture’s (MoA) Maroodijeh Upper Catchment (MUC) Soil and Water Conservation project which is located in Faraweyne district. The donor delegation included three representatives from DANIDA, two representatives from DFID and three representatives from the Kingdom of Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whilst the government of Somaliland was represented by the Minister of National Planning and Development Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Eng. Abdullahi Ismail Farah, Mayor of Faraweyne district and a host of other MoA officials at the national and district level. The objective of the visit was to provide the donors with a first-hand opportunity to learn on the progress made by the SDF and the Agriculture project in particular.
Reported by the Communications HuB Office
A delegation including the representatives of Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA), Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) and Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project (HUWSUP) paid visit to Berbera Port to inaugurate the arrival of pipes and fitting equipment for installation of a new transmission pipeline from Geedeble to Chinese Reservoir which will replace the timeworn old Hargeisa water transmission pipeline. It Is planned that trucks will transport these pipes and fittings to a storage site in Hargeisa. The pipes will transmit water over a distance of 23 km from the well field in Geed Deeble to the Chinese reservoir, North of Hargeisa.
Press Release - Gargooray, Boon District- Awdal Region, Monday, December 15th , 2014
The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) of the Republic of Somaliland today officially launched Gargooray Water Supply Project. The project seeks to improve access to portable water to about 3,600 inhabitants of Gargoray through borehole drilling, construction of water supply system & establishing a sustainable management committee in Gargooray. The project also includes making provisions for watering of animals.
26 November 2014 - The Government of Somaliland has today officially launched the Larafuk – Berbera – Sheikh road rehabilitation project which is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF). The launching of the project was officiated by the H.E The President of the Republic of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud "Silanyo" at Xamaas Town, along the Hargeisa – Berbera – Sheikh road.
On 13, 14 and 15 September, the Capacity Surge Project (CSP) was officially launched for three groups of trainees. The Minister of National Planning and Development, Dr Saad Shire, opened CSP for the first group. The second group was welcomed by Shukri H. Ismail, the Minister of Environment and Rural Development. Ibrahim Siyad Yonis, General Manager of Hargeisa Water Agency, kicked off CSP for the third group. All trainees started CSP with the course 'Introduction and Application of Project Cycle Management'.