Annual Update 2020 VNG International
‘We have gained a clearer understanding on how to improve service delivery, and specifically on the roles and responsibilities in the partnership between public-private sector stakeholders.’
Mr. Abdi Guray, Director-General, Ministry of Interior
‘I participated in the TOTs. We (participants) can now provide basic trainings to districts. I will go back to my home city where they will benefit from what I gained here.’
Mr. Jimale Abdilahi Jama,
Director of Planning and Development at Berbera Local Government
Developing Sustainable and
Resilient Cities and Communities
by strengthening democratic local government
Somaliland and Puntland, Advancing Strong Partnerships for Inclusive and Resilient Economic Development (ASPIRE)
The Advancing Strong Partnerships for Inclusive and Resilient Economic Development (ASPIRE) project focuses on the strengthening of Berbera District as a potential role model for inclusive local economic development (LED) in the region and as an entry point to address regional income disparities. In doing so, ASPIRE builds on Berbera’s already established LED forum (Berbera Economic Forum), investments into the Port of Berbera and Berbera’s role as an economic hub for the region.
In addition, ASPIRE works with the Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland (ALGASL) and the Association of Local Government Authorities of Puntland (ALGAPL) to build their capacity in order to promote inclusive Local Economic Development (LED). Both associations – as the umbrella organisations for all districts – are supported to disseminate and replicate lessons learned across respectively Somaliland and Puntland, such as the ‘why and how’ of establishing a LED Forum. By improving the overall ability of the local government associations ASPIRE aims to create value for the associations’ members. That, in turn, enhances the sustainability of the associations. Capacity covers awareness and attitude, knowledge and experience, including technical, administrative, managerial and communication skills.
Results so far: