Programming principles



Programming principles

The following Guiding Principles will be applied for programming and implementation of the Fund. These Guiding Principles build upon the Programming Principles from Phase 1, however, have been refined based on the overall strategic objectives of the Fund. 


  • Government ownership: The SDF2 will involve all the key stakeholders in the planning, design and implementation of the SDF. Whilst this will be crucial for the implementation and management of the Fund, it will also enhance the longer-term ownership and sustainability of the initiatives that are funded.
  • Government of Somaliland priorities: Priorities for investment shall be guided by the NDP2. The SDF2 shall be used for both investment and non-investment expenditures with the balance optimised to ensure that capacity, operations and maintenance and service delivery objectives are met.
  • Aligned with government systems: While promoting government ownership, external control will be maintained through an external appointed Fund Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the Fund. To the extent possible, the SDF will align its systems and procedures to government systems, and as such, strengthen capacity of key government stakeholders.
  • Sustainability: SDF2 investments will have a strong focus on long-term sustainability and ensure that budgets for operations, maintenance and recurrent costs of these investments are incorporated into GoSL’s planning and budgeting cycles. To ensure that GoSL is not overburdened with costs associated with new infrastructure, the SDF2 prefers to support rehabilitation of existing infrastructure.
  • Conflict sensitive programming: The SDF2 is committed to Conflict sensitive programming, seeking to consciously avoid or minimise negative impacts and maximise the positive impacts of any project or programme in the communities it is working in.
  • Gender Equity and Social Inclusion: The SDF2 is committed to Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) programming by considering women, men and marginalised groups and their different needs, interests, concerns and barriers to their participation in SDF2-funded projects.
  • Climate change and environmental: The SDF2 will seek to promote the use of environmentally friendly and low carbon technologies, taking advantage, for example, of Somaliland’s abundant solar resources and need for off-grid solutions, and placing it on a sustainable low carbon path.
  • Ensuring Value for Money (VfM): The implementation and management of the SDF2 will maintain the principles of Value for Money (economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity). Specifically, the Fund will be managed in a way that ensures obtaining the maximum benefit with the resources available and based on a clear results framework. The SDF2 will also provide high quality management support for initiatives that focus on improving the quality of service delivery. The SDF2 will support initiatives in key areas where maximum impact is predicated based on evidence.
  • Transparency and accountability: The SDF2 will act in a transparent and accountable way, and will consider the timing, sequencing and location of interventions for their potential conflict impact and will be responsive and flexible to changing requirements. The process of prioritisation and selection of programmes and projects shall be transparent and encourage mutual accountability between the Government and the development partners.
  • Geographical coverage: The SDF2 will fund an appropriate balance of projects across regions and a balance between rural and urban areas.
  • Combining local knowledge and international best practices: The SDF2 will seek to understand the local context, draw on local expertise and knowledge and combine this with international best practices to come up with solutions that are suitable and sustainable for the Somaliland service delivery problems.
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