Somali government must be included in development efforts — foreign minister

Somalia has many challenges to fight and it can’t do it alone, but the government must be included in development efforts, said Somalian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Fawzia Y. H. Adam.

Adam spoke with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar at the 2013 European Development Days about some of the challenges they face, and called on NGOs and donors to work more closely with the government.

“We request from international NGOs and donors to work with government more, also in cooperation with NGOs, but not abandon the central government because otherwise we will not stand on our feet.”

The government is committed to fighting corruption and to regaining trust, but that means citizens must provide social services.  

Catch the full interview, including Fawzia’s thoughts on which donors are stepping up to aid Somalia, here.

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