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The Joint Strategy Paper (JSP) for Somalia (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for the co-operation of the European Commission (EC) with Somalia under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

The main areas of EC development cooperation under the 10th EDF will be governance, education, economic development and food security.

In 2011, the ad-hoc review increased support to Somalia by €175 million and another €25 million was added during the "Millenium Development Goals initiative" process.

The European Commission's total allocation for Somalia under 10th EDF funding amounts to €412 million.

Somalia is also one of the countries benefitting from various thematic programmes of the European Commission, such as food security, non-state actors and human rights programmes.

With the overall aim of improving the lives of the poorest and the most vulnerable groups, gender, environment, HIV/AIDS and conflict prevention will be whenever possible mainstreamed in all areas of activity.

Recent assistance

Since the mid-90s, the majority of EU projects have aimed at improving the living conditions of the populations who suffered from the impact of the civil war and the continuing widespread civil unrest. In addition to maintaining support to the UN, international and local NGOs for basic service provision, resources have been focused on conflict-prevention and peace-building efforts.

The European Commission Strategy for the Implementation of Special Aid to Somalia (2002-2007) , predecessor of the JSP, focused on enhancement of good governance, reduction of widespread vulnerability, access to social services as well as economic growth and diversification.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) benefits since its launch (March 2007) from uninterrupted EU financial support, under the African Peace Facility worth €411 million.  

For further details on projects and programmes in Somalia funded from the European Development Fund and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, Somalia Unit Page, and the informative brochure .

Other sources of information

More information on EU relations with Somalia is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya - Somalia Unit, which is also responsible for development co-operation activities in the country.

Information on trade relations in the ACP region can be found on the website of the Directorate-General for Trade.

Last update: 14/08/2013 | Top