History of our work


The road to recovery has not been easy for Somalia. For more than two decades, conflict and drought, chronic food insecurity and displacement were the norm here. The impact from the civil war meant almost no public institutions remained intact. The UN’s challenge was to support a nascent government in its long path to recovery. It was no easy task to find ways to deliver humanitarian assistance and implement recovery and development programmes. The UN family had to use innovative approaches to ensure that the aid coming to Somalia was used effectively and for the priorities of its people.

The “New Deal”, our previous framework, adressed exactly these issues, as a new approach to support fragile states recovering from conflict and rebuilding their societies, their institutions, and their government.


The New Deal for Somalia

The New Deal for Somalia was endorsed at the Brussels Conference on 16 September 2013. The New Deal movement goes back to an initiative taken at the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in November 2011 in Busan, Korea, where the g7+3 group of 19 fragile and conflict-affected countries, development partners, and international organizations came up with a concept tailored to build peaceful states and societies out of the challenging situation in fragile contexts.

Recognizing the need for a shift in how international assistance is managed, the Somali Federal Government, together with its international partners, adopted the New Deal in order to improve its ability to govern and make development solutions tailored to the needs and concerns of its citizens. This approach emphasized strengthening national capacities, ensuring the transition is Somali-owned and Somali-led to the greatest extent possible, improving transparency and accountability and building mutual trust among partners.

At the heart of Somalia’s New Deal was the Compact, an action plan that articulated the country’s priorities for 2014–2016.


The New Deal Compact

The Somali Compact, signed on 16 September 2013 at the New Deal Conference in Brussels, was seen as a roadmap for promoting statebuilding and peacebuilding over the 2014-2016 period. This framework provided a strategic plan towards stability and peace across Somalia. To this end, the New Deal laid out five Peacebuilding and State-Building Goals (PSGs) which focus on inclusive politics, security, justice, economic foundations and revenue and services.