Transition Federal Government (TFG) officials from the national, regional, and district authorities have been working with peace committees from each of the 16 Districts of Mogadishu to design in-kind community projects. Supported by USAID and DFID and called by Somalis ?Dan Guud? (?In the public interest?), the projects are designed to promote stabilization and reconciliation.
These projects are part of USAID, DFID, and TFG cooperation on stabilization activities, to promote district level consensus building through the development of district-level, quick-impact projects.
Activities are chosen by District Peace Committees and community members through consensus, and may include road clearance, street lighting, building rehabilitation, or community events.
“We see the Dan Guud Program as the most ambitious project to be implemented in Mogadishu in recent times? The Somali government is encouraged by the efforts of USAID and DFID and it is grateful for the funds. We hope to see this type of programming outside of Mogadishu in the near future,” said Minister Abdisamad Maalim Mohamud.
“On behalf of the people of Mogadishu, I?d like to sincerely thank USAID and DFID for the different projects it is funding in districts of Mogadishu. I?m sure that Dan Guud” will help the city rise from the ashes,” said the Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamud Ahmed Nur.
In partnership with the Somali people, USAID has provided more than $300 million in assistance since 2011 to support humanitarian needs, peace, and recovery.
DFID’s aid programme in Somalia plans to spend an average of £69 million per year until 2015, promoting longer-term stability and directly improving the lives of poor Somalis. Both nations believe in the Somali people and the future of stability in Somalia.
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