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October 18, 2022

Somalis are forging a promising path forward, after years of state failure and conflict. The rebuilding of institutions and positive re-engagement with the international community point to a brighter future for the country and the region.

October 17, 2022

The Economic Growth program aims to:

  • Improve the business environment through access to finance and support to policy and regulations.
  • Promote enterprise development through business development services.
  • Increase participation of youth and women in the economy as employers, employees, and entrepreneurs.
  • Improve production, employment, and incomes in select sector such as agriculture.
  • Facilitate private sector investments in renewable energy to reduce the cost of electricity in Somalia and support economic activities that create employment opportunities for youth.
October 14, 2022

Conflicts and political divisions have hampered Somalia’s political development. Disputes over the division of power and resources between the federal government and the member states have at times created a standoff. Somalia has been facing longstanding and systemic challenges on how to effectively engage its citizens in inclusive, peaceful, and democratic political processes. In addition to this, all other aspects of the Somali society experience challenges compounded by insecurity, the influence of al-Sabaab in many areas, weak or lack of governance and rule of law structures. The country is making progress towards putting in place accountable systems. In its Country Development and Cooperation Strategy, USAID/Somalia has prioritized addressing the root causes that allow violent extremist to flourish. It is working with the federal government and local administrations to create stable communities in liberated areas, build trust and social cohesion, and help establish and strengthening system of governance. USAID has developed a range of activities and programs accordingly.

October 13, 2022

Somalia hosts one of the world’s largest out-of-school populations, with nearly four million – out of five million – children are not enrolled in any kind of school. Over two decades of conflict resulted in the collapse of Somalia’s education system, which now suffers from an insufficient number of qualified teachers, lack and/or poor infrastructures, and inadequate funding.

ADOLESCENT GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN SOMALIA (AGES) Fact Sheet
May 30, 2022

Many factors have restricted girls’ and young women’s access to a formal education in Somalia, including economic issues, political instability, in addition to traditions like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and required housework. The inequality between boys’ and girls’ education is apparent. Low enrollment rates in schools are apparent throughout the country, and girls’ enrollment rates are significantly lower. Education opportunities for many Somali children are somewhat limited, especially for girls.

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Last updated: October 19, 2022

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