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Somalia is one of the world’s poorest and most fragile states and one of the most challenging operating environments in which the UK works. Improving security is a priority, including managing the threat that terrorism poses to Somalia, the region and potentially further afield. It sits at the bottom of most development league tables, with widespread poverty and inequality, very low human development indicators, endemic violence and discrimination against women and girls, a persistent humanitarian crisis, a weak economy, and a tiny public purse. Four out of five Somalis live below the national poverty line, and more than 1 in 10 of Somalia’s 12 million people are now internally displaced as a result of conflict and humanitarian crisis. State capability and financial governance are weak, and corruption is a concern. Environmental conditions in many parts of Somalia are extreme and the effects of climate shocks add significantly to the risks to lives and livelihoods. Somalia is on the road to recovery, but it will take determined efforts on the parts of Somalis themselves and the international community. The London Conference on Somalia, hosted by the UK in May 2017, helped set the direction that these efforts should take over the coming years.

FCDO Profile

Note: This summary was written prior to the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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Children under five and pregnant women reached through FCDO's nutrition-relevant programmes

2011/12 - 2015/16 , Source


Sectors groups as a percentage of country budgets according to the Development Assistance Committee's classifications.

Budget More information about project status

Project budget total by year approved at the project level to date.



Implementing Partners
Partner(s) Active Projects
UK - Ministry of Defence 2
WYG International 2
Oxford Policy Management 6
DAI Europe 2
Mott MacDonald Limited 9
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 7
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) 4
Population Service International 5
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 16
Adam Smith International 4
Cowatersogema International Inc 2
World Bank, The 4
Integrity Research and Consultancy Ltd 2
IMC Worldwide 6
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) 5
Crown Agents Limited 7
Coffey International Development 2
Armament Policy Support 2
Danish Refugee Council 2
World Health Organization (WHO) 2
International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 4
World Food Programme (WFP) 3
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 2
International Committee of the Red Cross 2
Norwegian Refugee Council 6
International NGO Safety Organisation 2
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 4
Conflict Dynamics International 2
BBC Media Action 2
International Monetary Fund 2
African Development Bank 2

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