​View of the inside of Garowe Prison. This was built by UNOPS with funding from the governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Photo: UNOPS

UNOPS has been supporting Somalia with a range of infrastructure, procurement, project management, HR, and advisory services since 1995. During this time, UNOPS and its partners have been able to implement projects that have made a positive change to the lives of people living in Somalia. One of the more recent and largest projects is the development of a stipend payments delivery scheme for the Somali Security Forces. Funded by the United States of America, the overall objective of this programme is to develop a transparent and efficient process in the administration of stipend payments to help support Somalia's security services.

UNOPS is also supporting the rehabilitation of water supply networks, boundary walls, and sanitation and kitchen facilities at Mogadishu Prison. The main purpose of this project is to support the UNODC programme that aims to combat maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden. UNOPS was also involved in the construction of a 500-bed prison at Garowe in the Puntland region of the country. This was funded by the governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

In addition, UNOPS is providing much-needed infrastructure support for police facilities throughout Somalia, with funding from the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID). This project includes two main components: the construction of an administrative headquarters building in Hargeisa, Somaliland, which will act as an administrative hub for all police activities in the state, as well as three regional headquarters facilities for three locations in South Central Somalia. These facilities will also act as an administrative and logistical hub for all police stations within their respective region of operation.

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​UNOPS Executive Director, Grete Faremo, with Somalia's Minister for Planning and International Cooperation, Said Abdullahi Mohamed. Photo: UN Public Information Service/Tobin Jones

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