CerealCereal being sold at a market. Credit: FAO/F. Nyakairu

For more than two decades, Somalia has been stricken by conflict and drought, chronic food insecurity and displacement. In order to support the Somali people in their fight against these challenges, we at the UN have been working since 1991 to deliver humanitarian assistance and implement recovery and development programmes in the country.


In 2011, a humanitarian crisis brought further tragedy to an already fragile country. Scarce rains, an increase in global food prices and insecurity in south and central Somalia resulted in famine across many parts of the country. Tens of thousands of people, mostly children under five, died and many more were put at risk.



school girlsWith Somalia slowly becoming more stable, UN entities can focus on increasing access to education for girls. Credit: UNICEF Somalia

Now, however, Somalia is at a crossroads. After decades of conflict, the country has taken an important step towards peace and stability, largely improving access for the international community and local humanitarian and development actors. At the UN, our aim is now to support the Somali Governments in increasing stability and building long-term peace based on the five Peace and State Building Goals defined in the New Deal (link): Inclusive Politics, Security, Justice, Economic Foundations and Revenue and Services. We are committed to standing by the Somali people both now, during this transition phase, and in the coming decade as Somalia lays the groundwork for its political and economic future.


In partnership with the Governments and people of Somalia, we work to ensure that all Somalis can live a life free from poverty and insecurity, a life where they can make their own choices.


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