EU Unveils €33m Re-integration Projects in Somalia

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By Dipo Olowookere

The European Union has launched five projects under its EU Trust Fund RE-INTEG Programme worth €33 million.

This took place at an event in Mogadishu on April 5. The projects are aimed to facilitate the reintegration of displaced people.

The €33 million allocated to these projects will ensure access to basic services and promote viable livelihoods for 300,000 people in displacement affected communities countrywide, including those affected by the drought.

Responding to urgent reintegration needs with long-term support The five RE-INTEG grant projects that were launched are providing long-term support to the urgent challenge of sustainable and durable integration of returnees and IDPs in Somalia and aims to anchor populations within the country. The projects will be implemented by five consortia led by Norwegian Refugee Council in Jubaland, Concern Worldwide in South West, UN Habitat in Banadir, CARE in Galmudug and Puntland and World Vision International in Somaliland.

The RE-INTEG will support reintegration through education and vocational training, health and nutrition, access to water and hygiene, shelter and housing, gender based violence prevention and child protection, and social cohesion and cooperation with local authorities.

“This is what the projects we are launching today are all about – strengthening the voice and capabilities of displacement-affected communities in order for them to play an active role in the development of Somalia,” Veronique Lorenzo, EU Ambassador, said.

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