Putting principle into practice
What does this mean in practice? It means delivering immediate life-saving assistance while at the same time taking steps to reduce the country’s fragility and strengthen people’s resilience - their ability to cope with adversity and recover. It means building sand dams like the one in Bandarbeyla, which helped Mohamed keep his livestock – a valuable economic asset – alive when many others were perishing.
And it means investing in young people’s ability to solve current and future problems.
With its history of conflict and a location in the climate-vulnerable Horn of Africa, Somalia faces serious and complex obstacles to achieving sustainable development. But against these odds, the country is emerging as a model for how to confront crisis.
“This is an important moment for the Government and citizens of this country,” the UNDP Administrator said. “And it is a vital moment for all of us whose vocation is to support recovery and resilience, and ultimately sustainable development. Somalia, together with its partners can address the drivers of crisis and insecurity if it seizes the momentum and acts now, and it is a privilege to support the country at this momentous juncture.”
Somalia is one of four countries where environmental and security factors have combined to push conditions to the brink of famine.
- The conflict in the world's youngest nation has forced more than a quarter of the population to flee their homes, disrupted crop production and destroyed livestock. With 100,000 people facing starvation and a further 1 million people at risk, the Government of South Sudan declared famine in parts of the country in February 2017.
- The violent Boko Haram insurgency has had a devastating impact in the north-east of Nigeria, forcing 2 million people to flee their homes. Over 5 million people are in need of food and livelihoods assistance.
- Yemen is entering a fourth year of a complex and brutal conflict. More than 20.7 million people (over 75 percent of the population) require humanitarian assistance and protection, and 17 million are considered food insecure.
A robust humanitarian response has succeeded in ending the famine in South Sudan and averting it in the other three countries. But all four countries remain at risk and many people still need help. And they need a New Way of Working to bridge the gap between emergency response and long-term sustainable development.