While international partners have provided over $1.2 billion to support the Somalian Government’s drought response effort this year, a humanitarian response plan for the country in 2018 will seek to raise another $1.5 billion, said UN Humanitarian Coordinator Peter de Clercq.
He was addressing a gathering of senior representatives of the Somali Government, the United Nations and the international community at Mogadishu, called the Somalia Partnership Forum.
The conference called for greater investment in the country’s economic development to create more job opportunities, rehabilitate essential infrastructure, and improve the living conditions of the Somali people.
A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting welcomed the Federal Government’s pledge to hold one-person, one-vote elections in 2021.
Poverty, marginalization, armed violence, insecurity, political instability, natural disasters and a lack of economic development are the major factors behind the underdevelopment of the east African country, says UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).