MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali officials and United Nations experts were
calling for durable solutions to challenges posed by rapid
urbanization in the Horn of Africa nation.
Walter Kaelin, a UN
Special Advisor on Internal Displacement, said some 2.6 million
Somalis are internally displaced, noting that that is quite a
large number in terms of the overall population.
“This is a huge
humanitarian challenge but it’s also affecting the development
of the country and ultimately the security, the state-building,”
Kaelin said in a statement issued by the United Nations
Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
The return of
refugees across neighboring countries and internal displacement
have been key drivers of the movement of people from rural to
“And unless we find
durable solutions for these people, I think it will be very
difficult for Somalia to advance,” said Kaelin who also serves
as an advisor on internally displaced persons to the UN Resident
Coordinator for Somalia.
The UN expert spoke
at a gathering of local government officials, civil society
representatives and UN experts to discuss the role of local
authorities in finding solutions to the country’s urbanization.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director for
Somalia, said that there will be continued spikes in
rural-to-urban migration and urged the cities to be prepared and
be ready to expand housing opportunities due to the climate
change trajectory of Somalia.
Conway called on the
authorities to be ready to expand access to basic services and
importantly, ensure livelihoods and employment opportunities for
these new people that are joining cities.
United Nations and African
Union experts train
senior Somali police on management course
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The United Nations and African Union
Mission experts on Sunday wrapped up training of 28 senior
Somali police officers on strategic planning and management
course as part of efforts to implement institutional reforms,
the AU mission said.
The training, the
first of its kind for the force, is part of the organizational
and culture change activities, being undertaken within the
institution, to improve efficiency and performance, among
top-level officers, the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said in a
statement issued in Mogadishu.
acting AMISOM Police Commissioner who closed the ten-day course
in Mogadishu, said officials, most of whom head various
directorates and units within the force, will use skills
acquired to implement desired change.
“With this training,
the officers acquired skills, knowledge and attitudes that are
necessary for them to be able to rise to the occasion and
professionally carry out their duties in accordance with the
expectations of the Somali population, with due diligence to and
observance of human rights,” Alalo said.
The AU mission hopes
that the training which was also conducted by Somali experts
will improve the interfacing and collaboration between various
departments of the Somali Police Force, it said.
“As a leadership
tool, strategic management can be instrumental in fostering a
culture of excellence and enhancing professionalism in a
workforce, and in turn, maximize performance and output,” said
the AU mission.
According to the
mission, participants learnt how to develop a strategic vision
and mission for the police force, principles of management,
strategic planning and leadership, among other topics.
Ahmed Dayib Ahmed,
the Somali Police Force (SPF) head of operations, described the
training as timely, saying such leadership development courses
boosted performance in the police hierarchy.