MOGADISHU, September 6, 2018—The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the World Bank launched the flagship infrastructure project in Somalia. The Somali Urban Resilience Project (SURP), worth US$ 9 million, will be the country’s first national test case for municipal infrastructure delivery.
“The World Bank’s role in Somalia is about working with and through government and building the capacity of the authorities to spearhead reform and development,” said Hugh Riddell, World Bank Country Representative for Somalia. “The SURP will allow us to build on the initial work in urban resilience and to expand this agenda across the country.”
SURP is a national urban resilience project that aims to pilot the use of country systems at the sub-national level and strengthen municipal governments’ capacity. Initial interventions will begin in Mogadishu and Garowe, and will expand to Kismayo and Baidoa. These cities were chosen as they experience rapid and large influxes of returnees and Internally Displaced Persons.
Waxaa maanta ka qayb galnay Shirka "'Somalia Urbanisation Study" ee lagu soo bandhigay "'Concept Note" iyadoo ay marti ku ahaayeen Maamulka G. Banaadir iyo Dawlada hoose Baydhabo iyo Kismaayo. Waxaa fududeeyay Shirkaan Bankiga Aduunka 'WB'
— MoPW-Somalia (@mopwrh_somalia) September 6, 2018
The Somali Urban Investment Planning Project prepared the ground for this larger-scale, World Bank supported infrastructure project. “SURP signals the importance of supporting urban resilience, and places regional and municipal authorities in the forefront of the urban agenda,” said Eng. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Yariisow), Mayor of Mogadishu. “SURP would also create jobs by financing basic rehabilitation of infrastructure.”
Somalia faced its worst drought in decades in 2017, and its worst flooding in over sixty years in 2018. The recurring risk of overwhelming loss of lives and livelihoods signals a need to link humanitarian assistance to medium- to longer-term development planning through strong government systems, the private sector, and civil society.
Waxaan Maanta Shir-Guddoomiyey kulan Bankiga Addiunka uu ku soo bandhigayey daraasad lagu sameynayo sidii magaalooyinka dalka loo horumarin lahaa pic.twitter.com/ITHPdvMdEe
— Abdirahman O. Osman (@engyarisow) September 6, 2018