UK to commit £61 Million to Somalia in 2018
Penny Mordaunt and the UK Ambassador to Somalia David Concar listen to the UN Secretary General’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter de Clercq during a meeting in Mogadishu. Picture: UN Photo / Omar Abdisalan
London, Jan. 23, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The United Kingdom is to provide £61 million in aid to Somalia in 2018 in continuation of of its pledge to assist the country ravaged by insurgency and drought.
This was announced by the International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt during an assessment tour of Somalia where she saw ” how the UK is helping to tackle both the causes and consequences of instability, including how UK aid is saving lives and helping those impacted by extreme drought”.
“In addition to this £21 million, a further £40 million will be provided as planned in 2018 to sustain the relief and recovery effort, totalling £61 million already planned for the 2018 response.” Mordaunt announced during a meeting with Peter de Clercq, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Somalia.
The aid according to the International Development Secretary will be spent on :
- Screening and treatment for 130,000 children at risk of life-threatening acute malnutrition
- Providing nutrition support for over 300,000 vulnerable people including with cash support
- Maintaining access to water and improved sanitation for over 155,000 people
- Food security and livelihoods support to approximately 40,000 beneficiaries
- Vaccinations for 12.5 million goats against respiratory tract diseases, benefitting over 2 million farmers
Ms Mordaunt who met with Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre and members of his Government during the visit saw how life-saving water, food and healthcare provided by DFID helped avert famine in 2017, in the face of devastating drought across East Africa.
She was also told about the extreme and challenging climate conditions, which the country will continue to face in 2018. Low levels of forecasted rain threaten crops and livestock, leaving half the Somali population hungry and at risk of disease. Without sustained relief and recovery there is a real risk of famine in the near future.
Ms Mordaunt told her host “The devastating consequences of drought in Somalia remain a major concern. The UK led the global effort to avert famine last year, but the country is facing further difficult conditions in 2018. The job is not yet done.I am very clear that this is not just Somalia’s problem. The whole world is less safe when instability, poverty and extreme weather triggered by climate change are left to feed extremism and mass migration”.
She continued “This is why the work we are doing here is so important, from British troops helping develop Somali forces, to world-class diplomats delivering a peaceful future and aid workers providing life-saving water and food. This is why the international community also needs to step up their support to Somalia before more innocent lives are lost.”
In 2017, UK aid was first on the scene with life-saving water, food and healthcare after widespread drought across East Africa, saving many thousands of lives. We provided a total of £170 million humanitarian funding, which included providing over 1 million people with access to safe drinking water, and over 1.5 million people with emergency food assistance.