Development Cooperation

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Visit in Dolo, © German Embassy Nairobi


More than ever before, our lives interconnect with those of people living in other continents. We have many advantages because of this.


More than ever before, our lives interconnect with those of people living in other continents. We have many advantages because of this. However, it also means that we have a greater responsibility than previous generations, because the international community is facing challenges for which it needs to find global solutions. Changes need to happen at a global level and as soon as possible. Germany is taking on its responsibility for that.

The German government actively engages in close cooperation with the international community, in combating poverty, securing livelihoods, establishing peace, freedom, democracy and human rights, in a socially equitable manner, and preserving the environment and natural resources.

Development cooperation is one of the most important instruments for achieving these goals. The German government regards it as an imperative of humanity and of reason. Development cooperation guarantees a future for people in developing countries – and thus for everyone else, too.

The bilateral support to Somalia for the period ending in 2019 currently amounts to 270 million Euros.

In October 2017 the Federal Government of Somalia and the German Government (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)) extended its bilateral cooperation by 103 million Euro.

The top priorities of the Somali-German bilateral development cooperation are rebuilding the economic structures of Somalia, including the provision of technical and vocational training, as well as strengthening resilience and food security.

The substantial portfolio honors the progress made and aims at fostering the trajectory towards stronger peace and prosperity for the people of Somalia. Furthermore, this implements Germany´s commitment during the London Somalia Conference in May 2017 by Federal Minster Dr. Gerd Müller.

The portfolio of the German Development Cooperation in Somalia in more Detail:

Promotion of Somalia’s economic recovery: The overall goal is to foster inclusive economic growth and sustainable development to contribute to a more peaceful and prosperous Somalia.

  • Construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure, with a specific focus on urban infrastructure. These activities will be implemented through the Multi Partner Fund (MPF) of the World Bank. Key cities will be Mogadishu, Baidoa and Kismayo.
  • Germany joined the Somalia Stability Fund (SSF) as a new donor focusing on quick results for job creation and contributing to stabilization. Through this Fund, Germany will contribute to the improvement of living conditions in all southern / central Federal Member States.
  • Job creation for the youth through Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) jointly financed with the European Union. This program will contribute to the creation of sustainable life perspectives, especially for the young population of Somalia. In a first phase, the program will be located in Kismayo, Hargeisa and Garowe including activities in Mogadishu. These centers are open for people from other Federal member States.
  • Sustainable Road Maintenance Project / Support to the Road Authorities in Somalia (SRMP). The project supports the construction of a major road in Puntland and Somaliland and will build up the National Highway Authority in Mogadishu. Objective: The legal, institutional and personnel capacities of public actors in the  transportation sectors in “Somaliland”, Puntland and the Federal Government of Somalia are improved.

Resilience of the Somali people: In the light of the severe drought in the region, Germany continues and strengthens its cooperation to further the resilience of the Somali people.

  • Promotion of Mother-Child Health and Improved Nutrition in Somalia (MCH). Objective: The provision of healthcare and counselling services to pregnant women, mothers as well as new-borns and young children in the target regions of the technical cooperation is improved.
  • Support to the return of Somali refugees and internally displaced persons through a community-oriented approach to reintegration in Somalia (“Somali Reintegration Programme”, SRP). Objective: The livelihoods of returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the local population in selected communities are improved.
  • Improving Food and Nutrition Security of Vulnerable Population in Kismayo through Access to Fishery Products (“Fish for Nutrition Project”, FNP). Objective: The Food Security of Vulnerable Population in Kismayo through access to fishery products is improved
  • Food Security at the Horn of Africa; Measures to combat the consequences of drought in Somalia (“Drought Response Project”, DRP). Objective: The preconditions for an improved food security of IDPs displaced by the drought, returnees and vulnerable inhabitants in Kismayo are improved with respect to the dimensions of access to and (physiological) utilisation of Food.
  • Sustainable Land Management in “Somaliland”, Somalia (SLM). Objective: Sector and regional authorities for agriculture, the environment and water, as well as agro-pastoral farmers, clan elders and other relevant stakeholders are more effective in their efforts to improve sustainable land management in the Biji water catchment area.
  • Project Promotion of Livelihoods through improved animal husbandry and agriculture in the Region Saaxil Livelihood Improvement Project, (LIP).
    Objective: The livelihoods of the supported population are improved and resilience is enhanced.

The German Government, furthermore, supports non-governmental implementing partners who implement projects in Somalia. These are mainly Care Germany, German Red Cross, Diakonisches Werk, Save the Children, Veterinaries without borders, WFP, Welthungerhilfe, Action medeor, Kindernothilfe, American Friends Service Committee, Action Africa Help International, Community Organisation for Relief and Development, SOS Kinderdörfer worldwide.

For further information please refer to the following sources:

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ): http://www.bmz.de/en/index.html

GIZ: https://www.giz.de/de/weltweit/33495.html

KfW: https://www.kfw-entwicklungsbank.de/International-financing/KfW-Entwicklungsbank/


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