Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security project “Protection, Reintegration, and resettlement of IDPs” in Somalia

May 29, 2007

  1. On the 29th of May (Tuesday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 4,150,752.39 US dollars (approximately 481.5 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled “Protection, Reintegration and resettlement of IDPs” that will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) in Somalia.

  2. Due to armed conflicts in the early 1990s and the occurrence of severe droughts and floods during the period 1994-2006, more than 5% of the entire population of Somalia was displaced. As a relatively secure region, Puntland became an important destination for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled from other parts of the country. Today, an estimated 22,000 IDPs, who live in temporary settlements under severe living conditions, reside in Bossaso, Puntland. This project aims at protecting and improving living standards of nearly half of the IDPs in Bossaso through the following support activities:

    -   Reducing threats of physical assaults and fire hazards including upgrading of the physical environment in temporary settlements through placing the water and sanitation services of women in safe locations and providing fireproof shelter materials;

    -   Improving living conditions in temporary IDP settlements by conducting training in water, sanitation and income-generating opportunities;

    -   Addressing long-term settlement of 550 IDP households through the provision of land, shelter, basic social services, skills training and finance opportunities;

    -   Supporting IDPs who seek to resettle outside Bossaso or return to their places of origin by providing integration solutions such as improving access to irrigation, energy services, small-scale credit and skills training.

  3. This project is expected to promote further resettlement and integration of IDPs in Bosasso and improve their living standards.

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