Capacity Development

Developing Somalia - One Step at a Time

After years of civil war and decades of absence of a functional and capable governance, Somalia is facing need in capacity development in various areas.

From the destruction of economic infrastructure, decline in capabilities of public institutions, loss of institutional knowledge, migration, environmental catastrophes and internal displacement that shape the country - capacity development in the Somali context means much more than just strengthening institutions and providing training. It encompasses as well the improvement of individual rights and freedom, creating access to services, fight brain drain and tackle issues of exclusion and discrimination towards vulnerable groups such as women, youth, and IDPs.

2016 is a critical and determining year for Somalia with elections coming up in August/September and the creation of the National Development Plan, and capacity development is at the centre of supporting or even realising those milestones.

This is why the UN in Somalia has decided to launch the 'Capacity Development Tuesday' series - every first Tuesday of the month we will talk about what capacity development is, what the UN is doing on it and what the impressions are from partners and beneficiaries.

Happy Capacity Development Tuesday! What does Capacity Development mean to you? (7 June)

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Our first series, which we kicked off on the 7 June 2016, starts with the opening of the discussion 'What does Capacity Development mean for you?'. We asked the question to our followers online, gathered their impressions and will present them here. Next month we will hopefully trigger a discussion based on those questions and continue the dialogue with partners and beneficiaries.


Here the impressions we got online on 'What does Capacity Development mean to you?':

  • For every town to have their own police station, school and water point so that displaced people can go back home;
  • A strong and transparent government;
  • Protecting human rights of Somali youth so that they are not discriminated against for their tribe/clan;
  • Providing mechanisms and ensuring that funding for youth development projects are transparent and reach their recipients;
    Understanding the assets of youth as partners the community can tap into as actors and agents for sustainability;
  • That developments can be achieved where there is reliable security;
  • Economic growth so Somalis can get all the basic needs of life, such as security, health, education and leadership;
  • Advancing individual or organisational skills level through coaching and mentoring.

We also created an infographic on what Capacity Development means for the UN and specifically in the Somali context, check it out below: