Mogadishu, April 2, 2023: The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) through the Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MoPWRH) signs a USD $45 million output agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support drought affected persons recently arriving in the municipalities of Mogadishu, Baidoa and Garowe.
This fund is being provided by the World Bank under the ongoing Somalia Urban Resilience Project Phase II (SURP-II). This new funding is in addition to the World Bank’s earlier emergency drought response worth USD$ 20 million that was also provided Under the SURP-II. The agreement was signed in Mogadishu on April 2, 2023, by Honorable Ismail Abdirahman Sheikh Bashir, the federal minister for Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing, and the IOM Chief of Mission, Mr. Frantz Celestin.
IOM, on behalf of the federal government, will be providing much needed nutrition and health services along with shelter support, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, and multi-purpose cash transfer for the newly arriving IDPs in Mogadishu, Baidoa, and Garowe which are receiving high numbers of families seeking refuge from the ongoing severe drought in the country.
During the signing event, Minister Ismail thanked IOM for their support that will go help alleviate the suffering of displaced persons in big towns. He also took the opportunity to applaud the World Bank’s partnership and thanked the Bank for its ongoing support. He noted that the financing being delivered through his ministry shows growing confidence in the government’s capacity to manage both large-scale emergency services as well as long-term development projects.