What does UNDP stand for? And what do they play in Somalia?
United Nations Development Program (UNDP), agency of the United Nations was established in 1965 to unify the operations of the Expanded Program of Technical Assistance and the United Nations Special Fund. This continued on as separate components of UNDP until full unification in 1971. The UNDP is a major source of technical assistance in developing countries, with most of its grants being in the form of consultants' services, equipment, and fellowships for advanced study abroad. Thousands of projects in areas as diverse as resource planning, training institutes, the application of modern technology to development, and the building of the economic and social infrastructure are supported by the UNDP. It also administers UN special purpose funds for resource exploration, combating desertification, technology development and volunteers, and works with UN-associated agencies involved in development activities. It is funded by voluntary contributions from UN members.
In Somalia, the UNDP works with local partners ‒ NGOs, civil societies and the government ‒ towards a peaceful and secure nation for all Somalis. Together with 15 other UN agencies in Somalia, UNDP is helping Somalis recover from 20 years of conflict, build peace, rebuild their institutions, and set Somalia on the path to development. It works through three main programmers (Governance, Rule of Law and Security, and Recovery and Sustainable Livelihoods). It incorporates issues of Human Development and Economics, HIV and AIDS and Gender in its work. The Millennium Development Goals, is the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015.
Nevertheless, the UNDP is involved more deeply in Somali political games; almost running the whole country by itself. In behind the doors, they nominated the top leads and at the same time, they tell them what they want to do, they negotiate with clan leaders. So the question is where is the Somali sovereignty, why saga NGOs, running our country, is it the beginning to end of Somali sovereignty, is there anything which those who call themselves leaders can do, let see and wait until the history will charge.
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