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Official Handover of Motor Vehicles to SDF Funded Projects

For Immediate Release


Hargeisa- 3 August 2016- The Somaliland Development Fund has today officially handed over twelve motor vehicles to four line Ministries and one government Agency implementing Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) projects at the Ministry of National Planning and Development offices. The handover event was officiated by the Hon. Ali Hussien Ismail, the Minister of National Planning and Development who is also the Chairperson of the National Planning Commission and the SDF Joint Steering Committee.

The event was attended by Ministers and senior officials from the Ministries implementing SDF projects. The Ministries which received their vehicles today include:
• Ministry of Health – 5 ( including 2 ambulances for Erigavo and Las’anod Hospital)
• Ministry of Education - 3
• Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources - 2
• Ministry of Agriculture - 1
• Roads Development Agency - 1

The twelve brand new Toyota Land cruiser hardtop and Hillux pick-up trucks will be used by the Project Management Teams in line Ministries and government Agencies in monitoring and supervision of SDF funded projects, which are spread across the length and breadth of Somaliland. Two of the vehicles are ambulances that will be used by Erigavo and Las’anod hospitals which are currently under rehabilitation by Ministry of Health with support from the SDF.

The vehicles, which were supplied by Toyota Marill – Djibouti, were procured through open tendering process which involved SDF Secretariat, representatives of the respective Ministries and government Agencies and observed by the National Tender Board.

While thanking the governments UK, Demark, Norway and the Netherlands for their generous contribution to the people of Somaliland, Minister of National Planning and Development Hon. Ali Hussien Ismail said that “I am extending my gratitude to SDF contributing donors who have contributed to the purchase of these much needed motor vehicles. The vehicles will facilitate implementation of projects and delivery of service by government Ministries and Agencies. It will also benefit increased supervision and monitoring to project activities to track progress in a more efficient and effective way”.

In the same event, Mr. Michael Thyge Poulsen on behalf of the SDF donors said “I am pleased that the vehicles are finally being handed over to the respective benefiting Ministries. With the new vehicles, the SDF implementing Ministries will be able to get to project sites more easily for monitoring purposes. I also pleased that the people of Sool and Sanaag living outside of main urban centres will have access to reliable ambulance services”.

The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4 - year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Government of Norway and Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Joint Launching Event for Construction of Las Anod Boarding School and Rehabilitation of Las Anod Regional Hospital

The Somaliland Minister of Health, Mr. Saleeban Essa Ahmed, and the Minister of Education, Mr. Abdillahi Ibrahim Habbane, jointly officiated over the launching of the reconstruction of the Las Anod boarding school and rehabilitation of Las Anod regional Hospital.

The ceremony held in Las Anod was also attended by the Sool Regional Governor, the Mayor of Las Anod and other senior government officials. The reconstruction and rehabilitation work of the two facilities is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) and implemented by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education respectively.

Las Anod is the regional capital of Sool region, in the east of Somaliland. People living in this area are predominantly pastoralists and the region is characterized by poor social service delivery due to dilapidated social infrastructure.

Las Anod hospital is currently barely functional with limited services and as such, the rehabilitation of the hospital will result in its reactivation hence contributing to improved access to secondary health care services for the people of Sool. The project specifically seeks the rehabilitation and re-equipment of the hospital and the reviving of its management systems. On the other hand, Las Anod boarding school has been closed for 25 years and has not received any rehabilitation. The education project therefore aims to improve access to secondary education services for the people of Sool, through the construction and rehabilitation of this school as well as through the re-establishment of its management system.news 2016 07 MOEMOH

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Health encouraged the participants to support the smooth implementation of the project. The Minister said: “I request you to help us in working with the contractors to complete both projects in a timely manner”. The Minister of Education added: “The Government is committed to delivering education services. SDF will fund the school operations for the first year, then the Government of Somaliland will take over.”

The ministers mentioned that when the rehabilitation work is completed, both the school and the hospital will be fully operational.

The Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) is a 4-year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) filling a critical gap supporting projects that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). SDF is currently funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The management of the SDF Secretariat has been contracted to BMB Mott MacDonald, an international consulting company, which is responsible for the management of the Fund on behalf of the Government of Somaliland and the donors. The SDF has allocated funding for the implementation of various activities implemented by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

85 civil servants receive Certificates of Project Management in the Capacity Surge Project’s Closing Event in Hargeisa


On the 15th of June, an Event was held in the Ambassador Hotel marking the official closing of the SDF-funded Capacity Surge Project Phase 2 (CSP2) in Hargeisa. Since November 2015, 130 civil servants from Hargeisa, Las Anod and Erigavo took part in CSP2, a training programme on project management delivered jointly by the SDF Secretariat and the Civil Service Institute. During the Closing Event, the 85 trainees from Hargeisa who had successfully completed the training, received Certificates of Project Management. Separate Events will be held in July for the trainees from Las Anod and Erigavo.

The trainees are from the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, Fisheries and Marine Resources, Health, National Planning and Development, and Hargeisa Water Agency. Recently, some trainees from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals also joined. For the past 7 months, the trainees undertook up to 14 courses in different aspects of project management, such as Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting, Work Planning, Budget Management and ICT.

The Closing Event was co-officiated by the Minister of National Planning and Development, the Minister of Justice and the DFID / Danida Governance Adviser. It was furthermore attended by the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, the Director Generals of the Civil Service Institute, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, as well as by an official from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the SDF Team Leader.news 2016 07 CSP

In his opening remarks, the Minister of National Planning and Development, Mr. Ali Hussein Ismail, emphasised the importance of education and training for Somaliland’s civil servants. Similarly, the Director General of the Civil Service Institute, Mr Guled Hagoog, pointed out that the newly acquired skills will enable the civil servants to contribute to improved government service delivery. In his turn, the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, Prof. Mohamed Mihile Boqoreh urged the trainees to make use of the gained skills and transfer them also to their colleagues who did not participate in CSP2. Angus Miller, DFID / Danida Governance Adviser, explained the background of the Capacity Surge Project and congratulated the trainees, CSI and the SDF Secretariat with completing the training programme in Hargeisa.

After the different remarks, the trainees presented the project proposals which they had developed in the last course of CSP2, showcasing their improved knowledge and skills.

In the final part of the Event, the DFID / Danida Governance Advisor handed out prices for the best attending trainees and Ministries/Agencies, which was followed by the trainees receiving their Certificates.

Hargeisa Water Agency Commissions Ayaha 1 and 2 Water Supply Project

Monday, 13 June, 2016

 

More than 10,000 residents of Ayaha 1 and 2 settlements in the outskirts of Hargeisa city mainly vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are set to benefit from recently completed Ayaha 1 and 2 Water Supply System project. The project which is funded by the Somaliland Development Fund and implemented by Hargeisa Water Agency is expected to provide 302M3/day of water which will ensure the residents have access to clean and safe domestic water throughout year.

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The commissioning was presided over by Somaliland senior officials, including Minister of National Planning and Development Hon. Ali Hussein Ismail Jirde, the Minister of Water Resources Hon. Baashe Ali Jama, the Mayor of Hargeisa Municipality Mr. Abdirahman Mohamoud Aideed and the Chief Executive Officer of Hargeisa Water Agency, Mr Ibrahim Siyad Yonis. The project, which was constructed for a period of one year from April 2015 to April 2016 consisted of laying of 5.1km of pipeline construction of seven kiosks, with 4 outlets per kiosk, and two sets of pumping systems installed at the Haraf filtration gallery.

While speaking during the commissioning of the project, the Minister of Planning lauded the Somaliland Development Fund donors for their contribution in the development of Somaliland.
The Minister specifically said “I am delighted to witness the Ayaha 1 & 2 IDPs getting clean, accessible and piped water before even the rest of Hargeisa received such development. This is the result of the joint effort by Ministry of Water Resources, Hargeisa Water Agency, Ministry of Planning and National Development with support from donor community especially UK, Denmark, Norway and Netherlands whose contribution we are very greatful for”.In the same event, the Minister of Water Resources Hon. Baashe Ali Jama said “The government of Somaliland has put a lot of effort to ensure that Hargeisa which is the capital city and most populated get access to affordable clean water. We are expecting that by early 2017 Hargeisa will get water and together with Hargeisa Water Agency we are committed to looking for funds to construct a Water reservoir for Ayaha 1 & 2 so you will be able to get water throughout the year”.

Talking on behalf of the Project Holder, the Chief Executive Officer of HWA, Mr. Ibrahim Siyad Yonis said that: “Effective from today, residents of Ayaha 1 and 2 shall be able to get safe water. HWA is very grateful to all Donors financing SDF for their support in constructing the system. I call upon all people of Ayaha 1 and 2 Settlements to look after this system very well.”

Other activities funded by the SDF and implemented by Hargeisa Water Agency include:
1. Drilling of 3 boreholes in Hora Hadley as well as laying 6 km of pipeline connecting the boreholes to Geed Deeble pumping station;
2. The procurement of pipes for laying of 23 km of pipeline mains from Geed Deeble to the Chinese Reservoir;
3. Detailed engineering design to supply water to the Southern districts of Ahmed Dhagah and Mohamoud Haybe and the northern districts of Ibrahim Koodbuur and Ga’an Libaah districts;
4. Construction and equipping of water quality laboratory for HWA; and
5. Construction of three subsurface dams to boost the sustainability of the Haraf filtration gallery which feeds the Ayaha 1 and 2 water supply system.

SDF is a 4-year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The SDF is currently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and The Netherlands.

 

Roads Development Agency and Hargeisa Water Agency host SDF donors on a maiden visit to Road and Water Projects in Somaliland 9 June 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Hargeisa, Somaliland. On 9 June 2015 – a delegation from the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) accompanied by the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) donors visited the Roads Development Agency (RDA) laboratory to see the equipment funded by the SDF. Later on, the delegation visited Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA) pipe storage facility where recently imported pipes for Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project pipes have been stored. The purpose of the visit was to provide the GoSL and the donors with an opportunity to see recently supplied modern laboratory in RDA as well as the recently arrived 371 container loads with 3,696 pieces of 600mm ductile pipes (slightly over 21km) meant for use in the upgrading of the Hargeisa Urban Water main water pipeline. An additional 124 containers with pipes, valves and fittings are expected during the coming month.  Both laboratory equipment and the pipes are funded by the SDF.

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From the GoSL side, the members of the delegation were the State Minister of Finance, Osman Sahardid and Mr Ibrahim Siyad, the General Manger of HWA and Prof Hassan Ali Osman, the General Manager of RDA.  The donors were represented by officials from UK Department of International Development (DFID) and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Embassy of Norway sent their apologies. 

On behalf of the SDF donors, Pauline Seenan, Head of Economic and Human Development Team at the HWA pipes yard said that: “We are happy to confirm the arrival of the pipes in Hargeisa and appreciate the amount of work that was involved in importing them from China, clearing them through Berbera and finally bringing them to Hargeisa. We look forward to coming back and turn on the taps of increased water in Hargeisa city”. 

After visiting the RDA offices and laboratories, Pauline said that “It is very nice to be in here and to see the results of combination of two years of work. The SDF is really focused on infrastructure and particularly on roads. We have got two roads and a bridge rehabilitated. It is also good to see all of this equipment which will help in ensuring sustained quality of roads in Somaliland. It is indeed good to see all the SDF work coming together finally and the tax payers money being well spent”

Speaking for the government of Somaliland at both sites (RDA and HWA), the State Minister of Finance, Osman Sahardid said that that ‘’ It is apparent to everybody the progress made in the roads sector specifically the rehabilitation of Lafaruk- Berbera Road, Kalabaydh – Dila road and now the laboratory equipment which will bring a lot of benefits including testing of  road construction materials for the benefits of our roads in Somaliland.  The water upgrading project for Hargeisa is similarly helpful in contributing to provision of adequate accessible water to Hargeisa residents. On behalf of the Government of Somaliland and its people, I would like to thank the government and people of UK, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands for their contributing to the Somaliland Development Fund and making all this happen”.

SDF has allocated USD 9,928,630 to RDA for roads rehabilitation in Somaliland; namely, the rehabilitation of Lafaruk-Berbera-Sheikh and Kalabaydh-Dilla roads. A portion of this amount was utilised for procurement of the laboratory equipment which are meant to increase RDA capacity for testing of road construction materials (for earth works and Asphalt) for quality control and assurance purposes in both new construction and rehabilitations.

Similarly, the SDF allocated USD 9,503,000 for the upgrading and extension of the Hargeisa Water Supply System; namely the procurement of pipes for the 23 KM of pipeline mains from the Geed Deeble Pumping Station to the Hargeisa Chinese Reservoir, the drilling of 3 boreholes in Hora Hadley, the installation of 6.8km of new pipework between the Hora Haadley and Ged Deeble well fields, the establishment of a small-scale water supply system for Dar-es-Salaam village, and the supply of ductile iron pipes for the upgrading of the Ged Deeble wellfield collector system which connects the new and existing boreholes to the pumping station. These activities are implemented by UN-Habitat. The above stated allocation is also funding the construction of Ayaha 1&2 Settlement Water Supply which is implemented by Terre Solidali.

SDF is a 4-year fund designed to support the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) in filling critical gaps that are fully aligned to the National Development Plan (NDP). The SDF is currently funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the Governments of Norway and The Netherlands.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, the Minister of National Planning and Development. Or visit SDF Website (www.somalilanddevelopmentfund.org) for more information on SDF.

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