Quick facts

  • Project duration: December 2016 to December 2019 (3 years)
  • Project value: Approximately USD 8.3 Million
  • Financing partners: The African Development Bank’s transition support facility will provide 90% of the funds while FGS will contribute the remainder in-kind.
  • Executing agency: Ministry of Public Works Reconstruction & Housing
  • Implementing agency: UNOPS Somalia Office in partnership with MPWRH.
  • Geographical focus: Banadir (Mogadishu), Puntland, Hir-Shabelle, South-West, Jubba and Galmudug.
  • Direct beneficiaries: This project targets ministries of public works at both federal and state levels as well as the Banadir Regional Administration. Somali youth will benefit directly through capacity development for enhanced employability and entrepreneurship support.

Indirect beneficiaries: The Project will indirectly benefit all Somalis, both at individual and institutional levels through enhanced public service delivery in the transport infrastructure and housing construction sectors.

Project Assurance

A Project Management Team (PMT) will be established within MPWRH to work with the Project Manager and Project Support Officer to secure successful day-to-day implementation of the SSIPWP. The PMT will also help leverage the capacity building results within MPWRH.

A multi-agency Project Steering Committee will support, guide and provide oversight to the implementation of the project and ensure that the project is aligned with the priorities set out in the NDP (2017 – 2019).

Project Background

The Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project (SSIPWP) is the centrepiece initiative for building the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWRH), the more recently established State-level Ministries and Banadir Regional Administration (BRA). By developing more effective, efficient, accountable and inclusive institutions, these Ministries will be better positioned to deliver much needed infrastructure and services to all Somalis.

The SSIPWP also targets Somali youth which makes up the majority of the Somali population (2 in every 3 Somalis are younger than 25 years old). Many young Somalis are trapped in an environment of violence, fear, unemployment and poverty thus making them prone to become part of the conflict. The SSIPWP seeks to break this cycle for many youth by creating youth employment opportunities and decent work.

The SSIPWP was jointly developed by Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction & Housing and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It is consistent with the strategic direction and aligned with the priorities set out in the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) National Plan 2017 – 2019 (NDP).

The SSIPWP was initiated after the FGS, AfDB and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) signed a tripartite agreement for the project in January 2017.

Project Objective

The capacity building of Ministries of public works at both the Federal and State levels and the BRA, will enable the Ministries to independently plan, manage and oversee infrastructure construction projects and maintenance works as well as regulate development within their mandate.

Project Components

The delivery of the SSIPWP will be consistent with the vision, mission, goals, and strategies set out in the chapters in the NDP on Building Effective and Efficient Institutions, Human and Social Development and Infrastructure.

The implementers of the SSIPWP also recognise that there are other projects relevant to the SSIPWP that have either completed, underway or planned. The SIPWP will coordinate closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure consistency and synergy and avoid duplication. This is important where these projects relate to the development of national systems, processes and guidelines that have already, or will be, implemented across all FGS agencies.