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British Government signs agreements worth £31m to support development in Somaliland

The programmes will be delivered in partnership with the Somaliland government to promote long-term stability in the region

The UK yesterday signed an agreement with the Government of Somaliland and the Netherlands to support the implementation of Phase II of the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF2) programme, which aims to improve the lives of local people through the delivery of essential public services. SDF2 (£25m, 2018-2022), will be delivered…

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Somali National Army Personnel graduate from UK led training in Baidoa

The course forms part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to bring peace and security to the region

This month, the Somali National Army celebrated the graduation of a further 98 soldiers from British military training in Baidoa, the capital of Southwest State in Somalia. The UK has built a training centre in Baidoa, including a state-of-the-art firing range that was opened by Southwest State’s President, Abdiaziz Hassan…

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UK opens new training centre for the Somali National Army in Baidoa

The Baidoa Security Training Centre will support the Somali National Army and promote long-term stability and security in Somalia

Somalia’s Minister of Defence, Hassan Ali Mohammed, Southwest State Speaker, Abdulkadir Shariif Sheekhuna, and the UK Foreign Office’s Political Director, Richard Moore, today opened a new UK training facility for the Somali National Army (SNA) in Baidoa. The Baidoa Security Training Centre (BSTC), supported by the British government’s Conflict, Stability…

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UK Government allocates £8 million to drought response in Somalia

The funds will go towards providing food security, nutrition, clean water, basic health services and livestock vaccination; this extra support will provide a significant boost to those affected by the drought

The UK government is providing £8 million for humanitarian support to Somalis affected by the current drought. The funds will go towards providing food security, nutrition, clean water, basic health services and livestock vaccination; this extra support will provide a significant boost to those affected by the drought. Many thousands…

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British Embassy in Somalia launches Somali journalism prize award

The British Embassy is seeking short videos and photographs from media students and early career journalists based in Somalia including Somaliland which demonstrate a positive, original and unique story about Somalia

To celebrate World Press Freedom Day and the ‘Global Conference for Media Freedom’ (#DefendMediaFreedom), to be hosted by the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada in July 2019, the British Embassy Mogadishu is delighted to announce the launch of Young Somali Voices journalism prize (YSV). This award will highlight…

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UK aid to give clean, affordable renewable energy boost in Somaliland

Energy Security and Resource Efficiency in Somaliland (ESRES) launches the Somaliland Renewable Energy Fund (SREF) Window 1 in Hargeisa, Somaliland

The UK-funded Energy Security and Resource Efficiency in Somaliland (ESRES) programme is giving more people across Somaliland access to affordable, clean and renewable energy. Through a phased approach, ESRES in partnership with the Somaliland’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM) is addressing the high costs of electricity in Somaliland. The…

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High-level visit by international partners to Hargeisa, SomaliIand

The delegation met with President Muse Bihi Abdi, all political parties, Parliament, the Electoral Commission and representatives of civil society organisations

A high-level delegation of Ambassadors and representatives from Denmark, European Union, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom visited Hargeisa, Somaliland, on 2 to 3 April 2019. The delegation met with H.E. President Muse Bihi Abdi, all political parties, Parliament, the Electoral Commission and representatives of civil society organisations.…

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UK Ambassador presents his credentials to Somali President

Ambassador Ben Fender arrived in Mogadishu in February taking over from his predecessor who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment

British Ambassador Somalia Mr. Ben Fender, presented his credentials to President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H. E President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo. Ben arrived in Mogadishu on 14th February 2019, taking over from his predecessor Ambassador David Concar, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Ben…

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Health and Nutrition programme launches in two regions of Somalia

The UK-funded programme has the potential to be a catalyst for major change and progress in the Somali health sector

The Somali Health and Nutrition (SHINE) programme comes at a critical point in Somalia’s history with the aim of improving the health and nutrition status of Somalis, with a particular focus on women and children. The UKAid funded programme commenced in 2016 and will run through to 2021. With a…

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UK Minister for Africa makes maiden visit to Somalia

Minister Harriet Baldwin used her visit to follow up on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent visit to Africa, announced new packages of support for Somalia

The UK’s Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin MP, made her first trip to Somalia over the weekend, visiting Mogadishu. Minister Baldwin used her visit to follow up on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent visit to Africa, during which she announced new packages of support for Somalia, to help progress…