UN Strategic Framework (UNSF) 2017-20

Two boys fly their kites in the coastal city of Bosasso. Credits: UN Photo/T. Jones

Two boys fly their kites in the coastal city of Bosasso. Credits: UN Photo/T. Jones

2017 marks a turning point for Somalia. With the endorsement of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2017-19 , it's the first time in 30 years the Government of Somalia is expressing its own development priorities through a strategic plan. With the culmination of the electoral process in the election of a Parliament and the new President, H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmaajo', the UN is expressing its renewed commitment through it's Strategic Framework (UNSF) 2017-20, in support of Somalia's development path for the coming years.

Since 2013, the International Community has committed to align efforts in support of Somali-led and Somali-owned aid through the five peace and state-building goals of the New Deal Somali Compact.

Now, with the NDP in place, the UN is fully committed to support the NDP's implementation through the five Strategic Priorities of its UNSF:

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Strategic Priority 1

Deepening federalism and state-building, supporting conflict
resolution and reconciliation, & preparing for universal elections.

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Strategic Priority 2

Supporting institutions to improve Peace, Security, Justice, the Rule of Law &  Safety of Somalis.


Strategic Priority 3

Strengthening accountability & supporting institutions that protect.


Strategic Priority 4

Strengthening resilience of Somali institutions, society & population.


Strategic Priority 5

Supporting socio-economic opportunities for Somalis.

“While it is important to plan for the next political cycle, the UN should also consider a longer-term perspective to strengthen resilience in Somalia, linked to the 2030 Agenda” - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres after Somalia’s electoral process in 2017


It’s a strategic plan to guide the UN’s work in Somalia. The UNSF (sometimes also called UN Development Assistance Framework) exists in every country where the UN has an established presence.

The framework is a collective commitment to a strategy and actions in support of Somalia’s national development priorities and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that aim to "leave no one behind".