Somali Magazine – Somalia launched its first National Development Plan (NDP) in over three decades on Tuesday, a landmark event that signals the country’s commitment to peace, prosperity, and inclusive development.
The NDP is a comprehensive nine-year plan that outlines the government’s vision for a Somalia that is free from conflict and insecurity, with a thriving economy and a just and equitable healthy society. It is the culmination of a two-year consultative and negotiation process involving the Somali government, civil society, the private sector, and international partners.
The NDP is focused on four key pillars:
• Peace and security: Strengthening the Somali National Army and police force, improving coordination between the federal government and state governments, and addressing the root causes of conflict.
• Economic growth: Creating a more favourable environment for investment and job creation, reforming the business environment, improving infrastructure, and investing in education and skills training.
• Social justice and equity: Improving access to quality healthcare and education for all Somalis, reducing poverty and inequality, and empowering women and marginalized groups.
• Governance and institutions: Strengthening the Somali government and its institutions, promoting transparency and accountability, and ensuring the participation of all Somalis in the political process.
The NDP is ambitious, but it is achievable with the support of the Somali people, the Country’s neighbors and the international community. The Somali government has pledged to mobilize all necessary resources to implement the plan, and international partners have expressed their commitment to supporting Somalia’s development journey.
The launch of the NDP is a significant development for Somalia. It is the first time in over three decades that the country has had an official comprehensive development plan in place. The NDP is also ambitious in its scope, aiming to address the root causes of conflict, promote economic growth, and improve social justice and equity.
The successful implementation of the NDP will require the concerted efforts of the Somali government, civil society, the private sector, and international partners. The Somali government will need to provide strong leadership and mobilize the necessary resources to implement the plan. Civil society organizations will need to play a watchdog role and ensure that the government is accountable to its citizens and true to its plans. The private sector will need to invest in the Somali economy and create jobs. And international partners will need to continue to provide financial and technical assistance to Somalia.
Despite the challenges, the launch of the NDP is a positive sign for Somalia’s future. It is a clear indication that the country is committed to peace, prosperity, and inclusive development.