After the collapse of the Central Government of Somalia, crucial infrastructure was not maintained and quickly deteriorated, causing further problems such as flooding. In Shangaani District, the drainage system fell into disrepair and caused massive flooding in the streets and negatively affected area businesses.
Life in IDP camps is always difficult. We had a life back there in our home. We had a piece of land in Qoryoley, but because of the fight we lost everything. We lost our property and had no other option than to move to the capital. I was not even sure how life would be in Mogadishu but I just followed my neighbours and friends who were also moving to the city.
Seven Somali diaspora experts,who are currently embedded in government institutions in Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Bosaso and Garowe,returned to Somalia from abroad to conduct short-term capacity building assignments to train Somali government officials as part of the QUESTS-MIDA project. In April 2013, they completed a “Training-of-Trainers” workshop conducted by IOM Somalia and UNDP Somalia.
IOM, under its Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA), and UNDP, under its Somalia Institutional Development Project (SIDP), have been working with the Transitional Federal Government and the current Government since 2009 to build the capacity of the Government institutions. The increasing number of requests from the Government required an IOM campaign to reconnect with the Somali diaspora in key constituencies in North America and Northern Europe. To that end, IOM Somalia sent its Chief of Mission and the MIDA Program Manager on an outreach tour. IOM selected six countries (Canada, U.S., UK, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark) and seven cities where we believe the vast majority of the Somali diaspora outside of Africa are concentrated.
Dr. Lula at the official launching of the NHPC Legal Act in Hargeisa, Somaliland
Dr. Lula J. Hussein is a Somali Canadian medical doctor who has been supporting the Somaliland National Health Professions Commission (NHPC) since March 2012 as a MIDA Health Northern Somalia (MIDA-FINNSOM) participant. The Somaliland NHPC is a statutory body with the mandate of regulating, accrediting, licensing professionals, and addressing health workforce issues in the country. Despite the challenges, the NHPC is a key platform for the overall promotion of health safety standards, high quality health care standards and a central body working on regulatory issues in the longer term.