Somalia is one of the striking cases of rapid urbanization in the East African context and beyond. Despite continued insecurity and limited economic opportunities, it is urbanizing at a high rate of 4-6% p.a. The share of urban population in Somalia is one of the highest in the region, 42% in total and even higher in some states, such as Somaliland where it reaches 52.8%. It is forecasted that by 2030 nearly 90% of Somalis will live in urban or semi-urban settlements.
UNCDF continues working with local governments on the implementation of the Local Revenue Mobilization Initiative (LRMI). On 1 August 2016 a revenue planning and forecasting workshop was convened in Hargeisa under the auspices of the Somaliland Ministry of Interior for municipal officials of Hargeisa and Borama – the two pilot municipalities that participate in the first phase of the Initiative.
In the context of its support to decentralization and Public Financial Management in Somalia, UNCDF has launched a Local Revenue Mobilization Initiative (LRMI). The initiative, piloted in the first phase in two municipalities in Somaliland and two in Puntland, is designed to mobilize additional own source revenues through better revenue planning and administration at the local level.
Somalia has suffered from instability and insecurity for over two decades. To address the fiduciary risks of providing financial support to local governments in this challenging context, UNCDF in 2011 introduced a Local Development Fund in Somalia as part of the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery.
Fiduciary risks of providing financial support to Somalia governments have been a matter of concern for a number of development partners and sometimes prevented the provision of much needed finance for local development in this country emerging from many years of conflict and civil strife.
After five years of partnership with the UN Funded Joint Program for Local Governance-JPLG the Somaliland City Municipality has seen a dramatic improvement in public infrastructures.
This was informed by the Hargeisa Municipal JPLG Coordinator Engineer Abdiqadar Abdilahi Ali during an exclusive interview with somalilandsun in Hargeisa where he also informed that though the first phase of JPLG covering five years has ended and the donors have extended it for a similar period.