Thursday, April 27, 2017

UK support to Somaliland

(UK Parliament) In 2013, the UK created, with Norway and Denmark a ‘Somaliland Development Fund’, whose objective is “improved and better resourced core state functions for the people of Somaliland”.

In January 2014, Lord Chidgey received the following answer to a question about UK support to Somaliland (HL Deb 30 January 2014 cWA261-2):
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the United Kingdom’s engagement with Somaliland.[HL4825]

The Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Warsi) (Con): The UK has a close relationship with the Somaliland
Administration, including regular meetings at official and Ministerial level. The UK formally opened an office in Hargeisa in September 2012, strengthening our engagement with Somaliland.
The UK worked closely with the Somaliland Administration in the run-up to the second Somalia Conference in London, and the EUSomalia Conference in Brussels in September last year. In Brussels we announced further support to the Somaliland Development Fund (SDF) of £5 million, taking our total support to the SDF to £25 million for infrastructure and improved service delivery.
Overall, the UK has pledged to up to £95 million in aid for Somaliland up to 2015. We continue to engage with Somaliland in a wide range of areas including support to elections and democracy, institutional reform, security cooperation including counter-piracy and justice sector reform. The Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mr Simmonds), discussed the UK’s Somali policy with members of the Somaliland Diaspora community during a visit to Cardiff in April 2013.

There is information about current DFID-funded projects for Somalia that focus on or include Somaliland on its ‘Development Indicators’ website.