Sweden's cooperation with Somalia

Sweden's engagement with Somalia, while dating back to the 1980s, has increased substantially over the last years. Recent positive developments in Somalia include the peaceful elections in 2016 and beginning of 2017.The Swedish development cooperation is steered by the Swedish Government's strategy for the period 2013-2017. The aim of the strategy is to support the reconstruction and development of the conflict-affected Somali society.

Swedish development assistance to Somalia in 2016 amounted of approximately 345 million SEK. Additionally, 188 million SEK was provided in humanitarian assistance.

The aim of the strategy is to support the reconstruction and development of the conflict-affected Somali society. The key objectives of the cooperation with Somalia are to strengthen opportunities for poor people to withstand and manage new crises, to support the fragile democracy, to strengthen the respect for human rights and to increase employment opportunities. Important target groups are women and youth. Contributions within the framework of the strategy are expected to lead to the following results.

1. Human security and livelihood

2. Health and gender equality

3. Democracy and human rights

Sweden’s assistance to Somalia supports the five peace-building and state-building goals in the New Deal and the principles in the New Deal on cooperation and ownership.

1. Legitimate politics – foster inclusive political settlements and conflict resolution.
2. Security – establish and strengthen people’s security.
3. Justice – address injustices and increase people’s access to justice.
4. Economic Foundations – generate employment and improve livelihoods.
5. Revenues & Services – manage revenue and build capacity for accountable and fair service delivery.

The Somali government adopted in 2017 a new National Development Plan (NDP), which will guide all international support to the country. It is expected that work will begin during autumn 2017 on drafting a new Swedish strategy for development cooperation in Somalia.