More aid for Somalia
Enlarge image The humanitarian situation remains precarious. A refugee camp in Somalia, (© Inga Kjer/photothek.net)
Germany is increasing its contribution to the United Nations Trust Fund for Somalia by over three million euros. This brings its contributions to the United Nations’ endeavours to bring peace and stability to Somalia to more than ten million euros.
Somalia has experienced a cautious revival since 2012. The internationally recognised Somali government has made noticeable headway in its efforts to build state structures. Somalia has evolved from a failed state into a fragile state. After 20 years of civil war, even that is to be considered a success. However, this progress has not been without its setbacks, as illustrated by the horrific attacks in October. The international community thus cannot afford to let up in its efforts for Somalia. Germany and its international partners are currently employing a wide range of instruments to underpin both this process and political progress in General.
German assistance for reconciliation and stabilisation
Germany provides support in many different fields, such as establishing a federal system in Somalia, reintegrating former al Shabaab fighters, forming a federal police force, and fostering democracy and the rule of law. Germany further supports the stabilisation process in Somalia by offering targeted mediation services and reconciliation support in local conflicts. The German Government is also providing assistance in the security sector, both bilaterally and within the framework of the United Nations and the European Union, under the Common Security and Defence Policy.
Germany’s comprehensive efforts to support Somalia include contributing to the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) for the country, which is managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Germany contributed 7.7 million euros to it already in 2016, a sum which will be augmented by a further 3.25 million euros by the end of 2017.
Support for elections
Germany’s contribution to the Trust Fund is earmarked for crisis prevention efforts and for building structures that strengthen peace in Somalia. For example, the National Electoral Commission will receive funds to prepare the first nationwide general election, which is due to be held in 2020 or 2021. The development of rule of law structures will also receive financial support through the funding of projects such as police training programmes and capacity building in the justice sector.