Somalia launches “New Deal” Task Force to strengthen new system of aid delivery

News March 25th, 2013

The Somali government has launched a “New Deal” Task Force to work on the implementation of a radical new system of aid delivery agreed with international partners.

“As a government we welcome the New Deal and what it represents for Somalia and other countries that have been affected by conflict,” said the Minister of Information Abdullahi Elmoge Hersi. “We know that standard policy prescriptions have not been effective in achieving Millennium Development Goals in g7+ countries. The New Deal Task Force will establish specific deliverables and deadlines to ensure we take full benefit of the new system.”

The Task Force will agree on strategy, timelines, collective priorities, mutual accountability arrangements and review results after one year.

The New Deal sets out an entirely fresh aid architecture for the g7+, the group of 19 conflict-affected countries who have joined forces to lobby the international community to change the way aid is designed and delivered. It is the first major contribution of the g7+ in shaping global policy. At its heart are five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals that should be used to guide aid prioritisation in member states. The New Deal also commits the international community to changing the way aid is delivered and sets out a number of innovative proposals for improving aid practices in fragile states

The five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals are as follows:

• 1. Inclusive Politics
• 2. Security
• 3. Justice
• 4. Economic Foundations
• 5. Revenues and Services

The Somali government has already embarked on detailed discussions on New Deal implementation with its development partners, including the UN, EU, World Bank, USAID and DFID of the UK among others.