Ministry of Agriculture Hosts SDF donors on a maiden visit to the Maroodijeh Upper Catchment Soil and Water Conservation Project
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.
The delegation paid visits to Mahbuubta, Arro-Muse-Asse and Aaraale villages where the Ministry was in the process of rehabilitation dams and the Aburiin research centre which is in the process of being refurbished by the MoA to become one of the main Somaliland dryland agriculture research centre serving both the Faraweyne and Gabiley area and the rest of Somaliland. During the visit the delegation was able to interact with community members as well as talk to a group of community representatives who are members of a Village Development Committees (VDC) which was undergoing leadership training. The delegation was happy to note that about 40% of the trainees were actually women.
Commenting on the visit at Aburiin centre, on behalf of the other donors, the DANIDA representative, Ms. Kira Smith Sindbjerg remarked that the donors were delighted with the progress being made on the project and thanked the VDC and the people of Aburiin for their warm welcome. She also indicated that the donors will be delighted to visit again when the community was enjoying the benefits of the project.
Speaking on behalf of the government of Somaliland, the Minister of Planning and National Development, Dr Sa’ad Ali Shire urged the community to protect the rehabilitated sites and the environment through sustainable community based conservation initiatives. The Minister remarked that “If you want to stand, the desire should first come from you. Our partners [SDF donors] have generously contributed about 2 million USD towards the implementation of the project. You are very lucky indeed to receive this project. Don’t take it for granted, instead you need to protect and maintain it in the future”, said the Minister.
In the same event, the Mayor of Faraweyne, Faysal Mohamed Jamah, on behalf of the community and local government thanked the donors for their generous contribution towards the project. He also reiterated that the contribution was only going to cover conservation of 30% of the MUC micro catchment and therefore requested the donors if they could consider supporting the community in conserving the remaining 70% of the micro catchment.
SDF is a 4- year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The SDF is currently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and The Netherlands Embassy. MUC Soil and Water Conservation project is one of the 11 projects currently funded by SDF across Somaliland and are at different stages of implementation. MUC Soil and Water Conservation project aims at improving the rural livelihood of citizens living in the Marodijeh Upper catchment through conservation agriculture.
Hargeisa Water Agency Inaugurates Arrival of Pipes for Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading at Berbera Port
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.
Briefing the media at the port of Berbera, HWA Manager, Mr. Ibrahim Siyad said: “ Today, we are here to inaugurate the arrival of pipes for Hargeisa water supply upgrading, thanks to government’s commitment and funding from EU and SDF. I am optimistic that Hargeisa population will get adequate clean piped water in the near future”
Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA) is a government utility entity mandated by government of Somaliland to supply water to the city of Hargeisa, and has embarked on a vigorous programme aimed at improving the water supply system by executing a series of activities to increase the amount of water available and improve the distribution network. These activities are implemented by UN Habitat and co funded by the European Union (EU) and the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) via HUWSUP. The SDF co - funding to HUWSUP is US$ 8.6M out of which US$ 7.2M USD is co –financing for the pipes and fittings.
The SDF is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and Netherlands
Gargooray Water Supply Project Launching Ceremony
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.
The launching event for the project took place in Gargooray, Boon District in Awdal, on 15th December 2014, and was officiated by the Minister for Water Resources Mr. Hussein A. Abdulle.
Gargooray lies 50km Northwest of Boon district in Awdal region and is nomadic land inhabited by agro-pastoral community. The total estimated population in the area, who would benefit from the new water system, is about 3,600 persons. The area is known for agro-pastoralism, which has worsened in the last three years due to poor rains, which have resulted aggravating the water availability situation. The nearest water points are shallow wells in Xaliima Cade (40km East), Boon district (50km South), Ceelbaxay shallow well (43km West) or Dhabiiley shallow well (55km North). Many of these water points (shallow wells) dry up during the dry season.
Many herds of livestock are lost every year due to dry spells and a great number of pastoralists migrate to towns and villages in search of water and aid. Poor sanitation, water borne diseases and diarrhoea are experienced in Gargoray as a result of poor quality of drinking water. People and livestock of Gargooray overcrowd the nearest shallow wells, which is about 40km away. To make water available nearer the town of will not only improve the health of the people, but also the health of their animals and therefore improve their livelihood.
The project is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) and is implemented by the MoWR. The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and Netherlands. The current contribution by the three donor countries currently stands at USD 60 Million. The MoWR is currently implementing a project worth 5.5 million in seven locations across Somaliland which includes, Barbera (Sahil), Las Anod (Sool), Hadaaftimo (Sanaag), Burao (Toghdeer), Gargooray (Awdal), El Afwein (Sanaag), Fiqifuliye (Sanaag) and Kulal (Sool)
Official Launch of Lafaruk – Berbera – Sheikh Road Rehabilitation Project
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.
Hargeisa-Berbera and Berbera-Sheikh roads were constructed in the early seventies between February 1972 and May 1975 are strategic roads which connect the Sea Port city of Berbera to Hargeisa and to the Ethiopian border. While underscoring the importance of the road to Somaliland, Dr. Saad Ali Shire, the Minister for National Planning and Development said, "The Berbera - Hargeisa Road is the busiest road that connects the port to the Capital, and to Ethiopia as well. It is in very poor shape. Somaliland sends its appreciation to the people of Denmark, United Kingdom and Norway for this project which will be resealing this important road. This will improve safety and flow of traffic, and will contribute to the economic growth of the country."
The project which was launched today is implemented by the Roads Development Authority (RDA) and has been allocated about 7 Million by the SDF. This amount will be spent in improving the road infrastructure in the country and enhance the capacity of the RDA in maintaining the existing roads. The key activities under the project include the following:
• Full rehabilitation of Xamaas- Berbera road section (35km) that comprises shoulder, edge breaks repairs, pothole patching and providing 40mm asphalt overlay;
• Rehabilitate Hudiso bridge located along Berbera-Sheikh road section;
• Carryout carriageway edge repairs and pothole patching on the entire Berbera-Sheikh road;
• Provide 40mm asphalt overlay over 20km of selected sections on Berbera-Sheikh road;
• Procurement of survey and laboratory equipment;
• Procurement of road maintenance equipment including a tipper truck; and
• Technical training of the RDA staff in road maintenance.
Recently, the SDF Secretariat and Roads Development Authority recently awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of Xamaas – Berbera – Sheikh including the Hudiso Bridge (the first four components) at a cost of USD 5.8 Million to M/S Amal Joint Venture Civil Engineering Contractors Company of Hargeisa, Somaliland. The road rehabilitation works are expected to commence immediately after the launch and is expected to be completed within the next 11 months. Once completed, the proposed project is expected to lead to reduction of travel times, vehicle operating costs and motor vehicle accidents, ultimately spurring of economic growth/activities in the areas traversed by the roads project.
Dr Phil Evans, Head of DFID Somalia said: "We are delighted that the first project funded through the SDF is coming to fruition and demonstrating the benefits of a new approach under the New Deal; with the National Planning Commission setting the priorities and Donors really working together aligned to Government plans. We look forward to seeing the economic benefits this project will undoubtedly bring".
Similar sentiments were shared by the Danish Ambassador, Mr. Geert A. Andersen who said "I am pleased to see one of the projects supported by the SDF being launched after much hard work by the Government, especially the Roads Development Agency, the Ministry of National Planning and Development and the Ministry of Finance. This project is aligned with the Somaliland Special Arrangement, and has been developed by the Government of Somaliland. The Ambassador further added: "There is general consensus that investments in infrastructure has significant importance for employment and economic growth improving the wellbeing of the people in Somaliland".
The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The SDF is currently funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and The Netherlands. The current contribution by the four donor countries currently stands at USD 60 Million. In addition to the above project, the SDF has also allocated USD 2.7 M for full rehabilitation of the Kalabaydh – Dila Road.
Launching of Capacity Surge Project
(published on 16 September 2014)
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'.
The Capacity Surge Project (CSP) is a recent initiative to enhance project management and related knowledge and skills in the first six Ministries/Agencies that have received funding under the SDF: Hargeisa Water Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Rural Development, Ministry of Livestock, Ministry of Water Resources and Roads Development Agency. The CSP is funded by DFID, as additional support under the SDF.
Over the coming year, a total of seventy SDF Project Management Team members and other senior staff of the six Ministries/Agencies will undertake a variety of courses in project management, ICT and professional English. The courses, which were selected based on what the trainees themselves indicated to be their priorities, will be given by international and national trainers at the Civil Service Institute.
The CSP will be a vital entry point for the overall civil service capacity building as a part of the Civil Service Reform which the government of Somaliland has initiated. It will take an important step forward towards building a cadre of civil servants with critical project management competencies. In addition, the CSP, by equipping the six SDF Ministries/Agencies with the necessary knowledge and skills, is expected to contribute to the success of the SDF projects.
The CSP will work closely with the Civil Service Institute (CSI) in delivering all training under the project. It is expected that by the end of the CSP, the CSI can take over the teaching of the courses. To that end, CSP is ensuring on-the-job training of CSI trainers as 'understudies' and will hand over all contents and materials of the courses.