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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.

Ministry of Agriculture Hosts SDF donors on a maiden visit to the Maroodijeh Upper Catchment Soil and Water Conservation Project

A delegation of donors contributing to the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) accompanied the Government of Somaliland officials on the first joint meeting to the SDF funded projects. The visit was conducted on 2 March 2015 to the Ministry of Agriculture’s (MoA) Maroodijeh Upper Catchment (MUC) Soil and Water Conservation project which is located in Faraweyne district. The donor delegation included three representatives from DANIDA, two representatives from DFID and three representatives from the Kingdom of Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whilst the government of Somaliland was represented by the Minister of National Planning and Development Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Eng. Abdullahi Ismail Farah, Mayor of Faraweyne district and a host of other MoA officials at the national and district level. The objective of the visit was to provide the donors with a first-hand opportunity to learn on the progress made by the SDF and the Agriculture project in particular.
The delegation paid visits to Mahbuubta, Arro-Muse-Asse and Aaraale villages where the Ministry was in the process of rehabilitation dams and the Aburiin research centre which is in the process of being refurbished by the MoA to become one of the main Somaliland dryland agriculture research centre serving both the Faraweyne and Gabiley area and the rest of Somaliland. During the visit the delegation was able to interact with community members as well as talk to a group of community representatives who are members of a Village Development Committees (VDC) which was undergoing leadership training. The delegation was happy to note that about 40% of the trainees were actually women.
Commenting on the visit at Aburiin centre, on behalf of the other donors, the DANIDA representative, Ms. Kira Smith Sindbjerg remarked that the donors were delighted with the progress being made on the project and thanked the VDC and the people of Aburiin for their warm welcome. She also indicated that the donors will be delighted to visit again when the community was enjoying the benefits of the project.
Speaking on behalf of the government of Somaliland, the Minister of Planning and National Development, Dr Sa’ad Ali Shire urged the community to protect the rehabilitated sites and the environment through sustainable community based conservation initiatives. The Minister remarked that “If you want to stand, the desire should first come from you. Our partners [SDF donors] have generously contributed about 2 million USD towards the implementation of the project. You are very lucky indeed to receive this project. Don’t take it for granted, instead you need to protect and maintain it in the future”, said the Minister.
In the same event, the Mayor of Faraweyne, Faysal Mohamed Jamah, on behalf of the community and local government thanked the donors for their generous contribution towards the project. He also reiterated that the contribution was only going to cover conservation of 30% of the MUC micro catchment and therefore requested the donors if they could consider supporting the community in conserving the remaining 70% of the micro catchment.
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 Embassy. MUC Soil and Water Conservation project is one of the 11 projects currently funded by SDF across Somaliland and are at different stages of implementation. MUC Soil and Water Conservation project aims at improving the rural livelihood of citizens living in the Marodijeh Upper catchment through conservation agriculture.

 

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

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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.

Hargeisa Water Agency Inaugurates Arrival of Pipes for Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading at Berbera Port

Reported by the Communications HuB Office

A delegation including the representatives of Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA), Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) and Hargeisa Urban Water Supply Upgrading Project (HUWSUP) paid visit to Berbera Port to inaugurate the arrival of pipes and fitting equipment for installation of a new transmission pipeline from Geedeble to Chinese Reservoir which will replace the timeworn old Hargeisa water transmission pipeline. It Is planned that trucks will transport these pipes and fittings to a storage site in Hargeisa. The pipes will transmit water over a distance of 23 km from the well field in Geed Deeble to the Chinese reservoir, North of Hargeisa.

Briefing the media at the port of Berbera, HWA Manager, Mr. Ibrahim Siyad said: “ Today, we are here to inaugurate the arrival of pipes for Hargeisa water supply upgrading, thanks to government’s commitment and funding from EU and SDF. I am optimistic that Hargeisa population will get adequate clean piped water in the near future”

Hargeisa Water Agency (HWA) is a government utility entity mandated by government of Somaliland to supply water to the city of Hargeisa, and has embarked on a vigorous programme aimed at improving the water supply system by executing a series of activities to increase the amount of water available and improve the distribution network. These activities are implemented by UN Habitat and co funded by the European Union (EU) and the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) via HUWSUP. The SDF co - funding to HUWSUP is US$ 8.6M out of which US$ 7.2M USD is co –financing for the pipes and fittings.

The 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) and the Governments of Norway and Netherlands

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