Sweden / New development cooperation strategy for Somalia
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 28, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The situation in Somalia, which has long been ravaged by war, is more hopeful than for many years. There are now greater chances than for quite some time for Somalia to take the path towards long-term peace and stable state-building.
It is in light of this that the Government today decided on a new approach for Swedish development cooperation with Somalia over the next five years. The strategy concentrates on supporting Somali long-term reconstruction, with focus on human security and subsistence, democracy and human rights, as well as on health and gender equality. The current allocation to development cooperation will be more than doubled and will amount to SEK 300 million annually between 2013 and 2017.
“The challenges in Somalia remain enormous, and the security situation remains fragile. But it is precisely in this situation, when peace is still being built, that contributions to long-term stability and democracy must be made. This is why we are concentrating both on building institutions for governance and democracy, and on contributing to job creation in the country, including support to entrepreneurship among young people and women,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson.
“The Swedish-Somali diaspora will play a crucial role in this. The skills which the Somali diaspora in Sweden possess are invaluable, and in the new strategy we also focus on initiatives to promote the diaspora s opportunities to contribute to Somalia s reconstruction,” concludes Ms Carlsson.
Sweden – Ministry of Foreign Affairs