Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Deal for Somalia Conference

The New Deal for Somalia Conference hosted by the European Union will take place in Brussels on16 September 2013.  The Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute for Policy Studies made a series of suggestions concerning conference outcomes in a piece titled "International Engagement in Somalia: The Day after the New Deal."

To maximize impact, donors must develop a common vision for Somalia, coordinate efforts, and, most importantly, align their support with Somalia's national priorities.  Realistic objectives must be agreed.  Somalia's challenges are as diverse as they are complex.  Ultimately, the success of the conference will be measured by the impact felt by ordinary Somalis throughout the country.

The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has an obligation to ensure international support corresponds with growing domestic legitimacy, through inclusive politics, concerted efforts to rebuild and strengthen government institutions, and the laying of foundations for a democratic political system.  To regain and retain the confidence of its partners, the FGS must adopt a zero tolerance approach to corruption and nepotism.  

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