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UK aid in a conflict-affected country: Reducing conflict and fragility in Somalia


Independent Commission for Aid Impact

In this review, the ICAI/Agulhas team looked at the performance of UK aid interventions in Somalia. The review found that aid programmes (amounting to a total spending of £185m in 2016/17) are well aligned to the UK strategy, and that they are making a positive contribution to state-building and stability in Somalia, despite the extremely challenging circumstances.

Nonetheless, the UK could improve its performance in several important areas. Government departments need to do more to ensure their work is underpinned by an agreed view on the causes of the conflict, to help target aid programmes and ensure that interventions ‘do no harm’. In addition, more should be done to include ordinary Somalis in the political processes to help ensure the political settlement will last.

The review will be discussed at the International Development Committee (IDC) in Parliament.

Media Coverage: Public Finance International

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Aid policy

  • Aid effectiveness

Conflict and fragility

  • Conflict assessment and reduction
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Human rights protection
  • State and institution building

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