DENMARK TO SUPPORT SOMALIA

Denmark announces new contribution of DKK 140 million to support governance
and economic development in Somalia

Nairobi, April 13, 2019 – During yesterday’s Somalia Roundtable at the margins of World
Bank Group Spring Meetings, the Danish Government announced a commitment of DKK
140 million (USD 21 million) to support to accelerate poverty reduction and sustainable
economic growth. Channelled through the World Bank’s Multi-Partner Fund (MPF), the
contribution will provide resources to support effective and accountable governance, as
well as private sector development and job creation.
Following the announcement, Denmark’s Ambassador to Somalia, Mette Knudsen,
stated: “The Federal Government of Somalia has embarked on an ambitious economic and institutional
reform agenda that Denmark as a long-term, committed partner would like to acknowledge and support.
This new contribution aims at supporting effective and efficient institutions as a pre-requisite for
socioeconomic recovery and sustainable poverty reduction.”
Denmark has supported Somali authorities through the World Bank’s Multi-Partner Fund
(MPF) since 2015. Denmark’s new contribution comes after the first World Bank Country
Partnership Framework (CPF FY 2019-2022) was approved in September 2018, reflecting
the progress in economic reforms and institution building since 2013. Denmark will
support increased quality and more inclusive public services, as well as improved access to
finance, energy and jobs in Somalia.
“Denmark has been an important partner for the World Bank and Somalia” said Bella Bird, World
Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia. “Since our
partnership with Denmark began, they have stressed the need to foster a collaborative relationship between
the government and the private sector, and supporting an enabling environment for greater economic growth
and inclusion. The latest contribution will allow for a scale-up in resources for private sector development.”
Background
The MPF is one of the funding windows established under the Somalia Development and
Reconstruction Facility (SDRF), the framework guiding implementation of the Somali
compact. Administered by the World Bank, the MPF provides a platform for coordinated
financing for suitable reconstruction and development in Somalia, with a focus on core
state functions, economic growth, urban development and knowledge production
Denmark’s new support for the MPF is provided under Denmark’s Country Programme
for Somalia for 2019-2023. It is a continuation of previous support of more than DKK 100
million between 2015 and 2018.
Read more about Denmark’s engagement in Somalia: http://somalia.um.dk
Read more about the World Bank in Somalia: https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/somalia
Read more about the Multi Partner Fund: https://somaliampf.net

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