UN launches anti-poverty programmes for Somalia

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched three programmes Friday to help Somalis rebuild their war-devastated economy.
The "Poverty Reduction and Economic Recovery" programme will assist the vulnerable people in Somalia to generate income by providing inputs for agriculture and livestock, and offering job skills training and micro-credit projects.
It also focuses on economic diversification, by reviving or encouraging industries like fishing and animal product processing.
Two other programmes in the series are "Capacity Building for Governance and Reintegration of Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons.
" "These programmes, taken together, show what our mission in Somalia is all about," said Randolph Kent, UNDP Somali Resident Representative, at the launch in Nairobi.
"Somalis want to move ahead, to improve their lives.
We are here to support them, to offer the helping hand, which enables them to take charge of their future.
UNDP Somalia is helping to bridge the gap between emergency and recovery," he added.
"Good governance requires institutions with the capacity to ensure public accountability by leaders, respect for human rights and public sector," Kent emphasised.
The third programme is a joint project between UNDP and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).
It seeks to provide basic social services to returnees and their communities.
After years of civil war, there are some 400,000 returnees in the north-west and north-east of Somalia, while an estimated 336,000 Somali refugees are living in camps in the Horn of Africa, Libya and Yemen.
"This programme aims at providing basic social services like water, education, health care and shelter to returnees, and more crucially, to help create social and economic opportunities for returnees and their communities," Kent explained.

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