From the American People
30 April 2013
Across Mogadishu these days you can find youth concentrating intensely as they defend the honor of their neighborhood—on the basketball court. Many of these...
“Somalis value dialogue. There is a famous saying: ‘to talk is to reconcile.’ This venue is providing a healthy space to resolve conflict.” Abokor Farah Ismail, Community Elder
24 April 2013
“This is the only government website in Somaliland.”
-- Abdirizaq Said, Secretary General, Somaliland House of Representatives
24 April 2013
“MPs are now energized from the interactions and sessions they’ve had and will act on what they’ve learned.”
--Honorable Aden Sadiq, Chair of the Judicial Committee
10 December 2012
Peace Dividend projects unite a village on one side of the border with a nearby village on the other side. They...
22 October 2012
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Statement by SECRETARY CLINTON The United States continues to be concerned by the crisis in the Horn of Africa....
11 September 2012
USAID's regional mission in East Africa is pleased to announce the second round of review under the African Institutions Innovation Mechanism (AIIM), with concept notes...
19 September 2011
USAID and Mercy Corps have granted a new Land Cruiser Ambulance to the Somaliland Ministry of Health, to be used to support the Mother and...
17 March 2009
In April, 2008, 19 Somali journalists graduated from a 12-week, Kenya Institute of Mass Communications (KIMC) workshop supported by USAID/EA. The training was designed to...
10 March 2009
While the security situation in Somalia remains precarious, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), with support from USAID/East Africa, is working with Somali leaders to strengthen the...
25 February 2009
U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Service and USAID Regional Economic Growth & Integration (REGI) office are working in partnership with the African Union-Interafrican Bureau...
19 December 2012
The 2012 Business Confidence Survey, released this week, shows that investment in medium‐sized enterprises more than doubled between 2011 and 2012. The Somaliland Ministry of...
16 January 2013
USAID/East Africa’s Mission Director Jeffrey Ashley and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Executive Secretary Mahboub M. Maalim, signed an agreement on September 21, 2012...
27 September 2012
BOSASO, Puntland State of Somalia—On September 27, the Somali Youth Leaders Initiative (SYLI) with the Puntland Ministry of Education launched a five-year program to build...
17 September 2012
Today, the Somali Youth Leaders Initiative (SYLI) with the Somaliland Ministry of Education and Higher Studies launched a five-year program to build and rehabilitate secondary...
3 May 2012
3 MAY 2012 | Mogadishu , Somalia Today Minister Abdisamad Maalim Mohamud of the Somalia Ministry of Interior and National...
28 February 2012
Mogadishu , Somalia
Today the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the United States Government celebrated an expansion of their partnership for stabilization in Mogadishu. This joint...
4 October 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has asked USAID Administrator Raj Shah to visit Ethiopia and Kenya to discuss key agricultural and food security issues...
15 August 2011
U.S. Food and Agriculture Ambassadors Visit Kenya to Assess International Humanitarian Efforts to Assist Somali Refugees and Drought-Affected Kenyans NAIROBI,...
8 August 2011
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Kenya with Senator Bill Frist, USAID Administrator Raj...
20 July 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2011 Press Office: 202-712-4320 Public Information: 202-712-4810 Email: http://www.usaid.gov/ NAIROBI, KENYA - The...
Somalia Fact Sheet - 2013
Somalia’s primary enrollment rate is only 28% and only 37% of students are female. USAID is helping to rehabilitate classrooms and construct new classrooms and has helped out of school children in Somaliland, Puntlan dand south central Somalia enroll in school. USAID has also helped to strengthen Community Education Committees.
USAID has provided youth with vocational training, many of whom have secured employment opportunities in part through Info Match, an internet/cellphone system where unemployed youth and employees with vacancies find each other.
USAID has promoted an integrated education and health approach and has improved sanitation and hygiene among teachers and students through the development of improved water sanitation and hygiene facilities including the construction or rehabilitation of latrines, hand wash facilities and water tanks.
USAID improved the capacity of the Transitional Federal Government, Somaliland and Puntland authorities through trainings in project management, accounting and information technology. USAID also supported the TFG’s development of a Constitution culminating in the first draft Constitution for Somalia in July 2010.
USAID/Somalia works through a variety of partners including United Nations organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other international and local NGOs.
Somali Youth Leaders Initiative - 2012
Partnership for Economic Growth (Partnership) - 2012
Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS-Somalia) -2012
Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) - 2012
Kenyan women now cross to Somalia to give birth at a maternity clinic at a USAID “Peace Dividend” project along the Kenya/Somalia border—promoting development, relationships, and peace
USAID/East Africa is improving business environment to offer opportunities for Somali entrepreneurs.
The owner of Dheeman, a local business that sells specialty-made clothing in Hargeisa.
Another scene of food distribution in Dadaab Refugee Camp that is supported by the American People.
Photo: World Food Program
As drought intensifies in the Horn of Africa, new arrivals to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya collect food supplies provided by the American People.
Digital devices used in promoting financial literacy among youth in Somalia.
Movie style poster advertisements are displayed in Somalia to promote financial literacy among youth.
A Somali youth using a mobile device for the financial literacy soap opera.
Young boys enjoy fresh water from a new USAID‐constructed borehole in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
In 2010 USAID helped rehabilitate more than 3,000 classrooms in Somalia and constructed 24 new learning centers.
Citizens waiting in line to cast their vote during Somaliland presidential elections held peacefully on June 26, 2010.
Poll workers counting ballots with party agents present during Somaliland presidential elections held on June 26, 2010.
Somali children read from the USAID -supported Somalia Reader Series.
Somali youth in the English Language Practice Group at the Livelihood Resource Center.
Photo: Pact, Inc.
The Peace II Coordinator for the Somali Cluster Project and the facilitator of the workshop during the opening of the training.
Participants draw up action plans for their respective
corridors during the peace leadership training.
Diff maternity ward: Peace dividend projects like the Diff Maternity Ward on the Somalia/Kenya border provide incentive for cross-border communities to prevent and resolve conflicts.
Photo: National Democratic Institute
Somali women MPs discuss the Rules of Procedure of the Women’s Caucus (SOWPA), before its formal establishment.
A group photo of participants and guests from the donor community after the signing of the Declaration for Establishment of the Somali Women’s Parliamentary Association (SOWPA).
Twenty Somali Women Beat Odds and Graduate from College.
Photo: Artist: Michele Shortley
A book cover in English and Somali languages. In war-torn Somalia, children’s books provide Ooutlets for creative thinking.
Photo: Education Development Center (EDC)
The Somali Reader Series in action. In war-torn Somalia, children’s books provide outlets for creative thinking.
Photo: Mercy Corps
The water flows again for a Somaliland Community!
Photo: Pact Inc.
Scene from a workshop on promoting peace through African female leadership.
Scene from a workshop on promoting peace through African female Leadership.
Above: A rejuvenated Biyo Dhacay Primary School
Above: The old school in a decrepit state
Peaceful Presidential Election, Expanded Parliament Offer Hope for Political Progress in Somalia
USAID funded Hammar Jab Jab school in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Photo: U.S. Embassy, Kenya
Mission Directors (front row center) from USAID Ethiopia, East Africa and Kenya with participants from Women’s Regional gathering.
Photo: WFP – Peter Smerdon
WFP food distribution in El Berde, Bakool region, Somalia.
Photo: Janet Bland
Somali journalists with Cheryl Anderson, USAID/EA Mission Director, and Maura Barry, Somalia Program Manager, at the April 2008 graduation ceremony. USAID's Civil Society and Media in Transition program provided training for 19 Somali fellowship students at the prestigious Kenya Institute of Mass Communications.
Somali journalists with representatives from USAID/EA, CARE and KIMC at the April 2008 graduation ceremony. USAID's Civil Society and Media in Transition program provided training for 19 Somali fellowship students at the prestigious Kenya Institute of Mass Communications.
Through its Civil Society and Media in Transition program, USAID provided training to 19 Somali fellowship students, including ten women, at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications.
Somalis at a Gender Training session in Burao. USAID provides assistance to help increase the participation of women in political processes.
Having fled with their families from the fighting in Mogadishu, children attend classes under trees, benefitting from USAID supported interactive radio programs.
Children at IDP camps southwest of Mogadishu take part in interactive radio instruction implemented by EDC and supported by USAID.
Adults and youth in Burtinle, in the Puntland State of Somalia, learn to read, write and calculate through USAID-sponsored radio programs.
Students participate in EDC's USAID-funded Somalia Interactive Radio Instruction Program. The distance learning tool uses songs, drama and games to engage both students and teachers in the classroom while improving the quality of learning.
Bags of food are offloaded on the beach in Somalia. Since September 2007 the U.S. government has provided over $53 million in food aid to the people of Somalia.
Women journalists participate in a USAID-sponsored media training workshop in Mogadishu. USAID, working with its implementing partners, has helped to train 487 journalists in advocating for peace and good governance.
Food For Peace beneficiaries line up for food assistance. In Somalia, USG humanitarian assistance is provided through UN agencies and NGOs.
Children wait for food distribution in Mogadishu, Somalia. Households in many parts of Somalia are now extremely food insecure.
Ambassador Ranneberger with the team from Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI).
Participants gather at the Practical Peace Conference in October. USAID works to promote durable peace and security among cross-border pastoralist communities in the Horn of Africa.
Ambassador Ranneberger and H.E. Ali Abdullah Osoble, Minister of Planning and Statistics, speak at the signing of the $3.9 million Social Service Delivery agreement.
Ambassador Michael Ranneberger, UNICEF Representatives and Ministers from the Somalia Transitional Federal Government witness the signing of a $3.9 million agreement to support social service delivery in southern Somalia.
Pastoralists from Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia sell their livestock at the regional Peace Market in Mandera.
Pastoralists from Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia buy and sell livestock at the Peace Market in Mandera, Kenya. Community-based committees at the market help to resolve conflict disputes.
Women share a friendly conversation at the Peace Market in Mandera, Kenya. Part of the Cross-Border Peace Initiative, the market was established to help develop practical problem-solving partnerships between cross-border communities from Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Photo: Courtesy WFP
Trucks waiting at the Kenya/Somalia border to cross
into Somalia with food aid
Somali/Kenya Peace Dialogues held in El Wak, Somalia help lay the foundation for building trust and relationships.
A Senior Advisor meets with the Livestock Management Committee. USAID initiatives established the committee to help ensure equal access to the livestock market in the cross-border area of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Peace Co-ordinators follow the elder's discussions on peace in Mandera (Kenya) and Gedo (Somalia).
Returnees to El Wak, Somalia following the Peace Agreement. USAID initiatives are helping to build trust between communities in the region.
When schools are closed due to fighting in Mogadishu, Njamu is able to make progress in reading, math, and life skills thanks to USAID-sponsored distance learning on the radio.
Last updated2 May 2013
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