UNCDF has been present in Somalia since 1981, improving public service delivery and increasing local government access to financing infrastructure.
Today, UNCDF offers finance solutions for the poor that provide access to public and private resources, at domestic level, to reduce poverty and further support local economic development.
Through local development finance, UNCDF is implementing a Joint UN Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JP-LGDSD) for Somalia, which develops local governance capacity, broadens civic awareness and participation, and supports local development initiatives by piloting a fund to support local development initiatives in Somaliland and Puntland.
The JPLG is comprised of five UN Agencies: UNDP, ILO, UNCDF, UN Habitat and UNICEF, and it was launched in 2008 and starting a new five-year cycle in 2018.
UNCDF seed capital of $1M unlocked a total of over $15M in donor and state and local governments funding, including $2.4M from domestic resources.