Third phase of local government programme in Somaliland to launch at Hargeisa high level meeting


Hargeisa 2nd July 2018, 10 am – 1 pm
Opening addresses: 10am-11am

The Vice President of Somaliland Government, Hon. Abdirahman Abdilahii Ismail, will on Monday the 2nd of July host a high-level meeting to review and launch the third phase of the United Nations (UN) Joint Programme on Local Governance in Somaliland. The joint programme, which is led by the GThe government in partnership with the UN, works to improve the lives of Somali people and promote peace through accountable and effective local government. The Joint Programme began in 2008 and has delivered effective local government systems and services throughout Somaliland, with schools, health centers, roads, and marketplaces built and developed through participatory planning with local communities.

The third phase will see the Government start to roll out successful systems developed under the first and second phases of the programme to local governments across Somaliland. The programme will also continue to focus on building the capacity of local government to deliver services and to engage with communities. There will be a particular focus on improving urban services, delivering legislation, ensuring gender inclusion, and building better local government taxation and finance systems.

The United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance is implemented by five UN agencies – the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat, UNICEF and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The programme is supported by funding from Denmark, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, USAID, the United Kingdom and the central and local governments of Somaliland.

What: Launch of the Third Phase of United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance
When: Monday 2nd July 2018, 10am – 1pm. Opening remarks 10am-11am
Where: Ambassador Hotel, Hargeisa
Who: Hon. Abdirahman Abdilahi Ismail, Vice President of Somaliland
Hon. Mohamed Kaahin Ahmed, Minister of Interior of Somaliland
Mr. Jesper Moller, Deputy Representative, UNICEF
Media Contacts:
Paul Simkin, Programme Manager, United Nations Joint Programme on Local Governance. Email:
Leila Abrar, Chief of Communications, OIC, UNICEF. Email:
Keelin FitzGerald, Communications Specialist, United Nations Development Programme. Email:
Mariam Farah, Communications Associate, United Nations Development Programme, Hargeisa Area Office. Mobile: +252 634050007. Email: