Sign in to follow this  
oba hiloowlow

EU gives Somalia $200 million

Recommended Posts

The European Union has given Somalia 158 million euros ($200 million) to improve education, the legal system and security, its new envoy said on Saturday, as the Horn of Africa nation tries to recover from more than two decades of conflict.


The new aid program follows the election in September of a new Somali president, the culmination of a regionally brokered, U.N.-backed effort to restore central government control and end fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people.


President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, elected in the first vote of its kind since Somalia slid into civil war in 1991, is grappling with corruption, an Islamist insurgency and piracy along the country's strategic Indian Ocean shipping route.


"After 21 years, the government is finally rebuilding the systems of a functional state at local, regional and central levels," Michele Cervone d'Urso, the EU's special envoy to Somalia, told Reuters.


"The EU is more committed to work directly and in partnership with Somalis. We will ask the implementing agencies to work more closely with the government and civil society."


A suicide bombing in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday highlighted the challenges faced by the new Somali leader.


The development aid package, the largest EU program ever approved for Somalia, will go towards strengthening the judiciary, broken state institutions, the Somali police force and the country's blighted education system.


Some funds will be used to bring home Somali professionals abroad to help improve education standards.


In the past, Western and regional states have pumped in millions of dollars of humanitarian aid to help Somalis affected by conflict and frequent natural disasters. African governments have sent troops to combat al Qaeda-affiliated militants.


Somalia's residents have complained that most aid organizations have operated from neighboring Kenya with little involvement on the ground, which has bred resentment.


President Mohamud called for more aid, and for assistance to be channeled directly through the new government.


"Although there is global economic crisis, our new government has been requesting the world to increase funds and change the ways Somalia has been getting funds in the last two decades," Mohamud told a news conference in Mogadishu after the launch of the aid program.


"We requested them to have direct a relationship with Somalia."


Despite being on the back foot, al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants still control swathes of rural southern and central Somalia. Pirates and local militia groups are also fighting for control of chunks of territory.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

And this will of course go to the hundreds of Foreign NGO's all run by europeans and designed to provide employment to Europeans. Ok granted 5% will end up in Somalia!. a bonanza coming for Nairobi yet again..........

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Very soon you will see delegation arriving from every corner :-) because we are Somalis every clan and subclan member is expecting to get piece of this in the centers for subirrigation to give us permission slip five to get into this. No wonder other Africans are calling us :-) savages walle Somaali illah baa umaqan...

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Where is the $200 million, gone to the winds, that supposed to build the education, legal system and fight corruption.


And USAID said the same today in Mogadishu, aid for education, fighting corruption.



Waxan waa continuation, maalaycni,

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this