UN to Unveil 2011 Aid Plan for Somalia

A settlement for internally displaced Somalis in North Galkayo, Somalia. The United Nations is gearing up to unveil its new aid plan for Somalia. Photo by: Kate Holt / IRIN

The United Nations is set to launch a plan outlining its humanitarian and development goals in Somalia over the next five years.

The assistance plan seeks to increase the availability of basic social services, create livelihood opportunities and improve the capacity of the Somali government to provide justice and security, the Business Daily reports.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged donors to increase their financial support for humanitarian and development initiatives in Somalia so as not to exacerbate the existing crisis in the country.

>> UN Seeks More Humanitarian Aid for Somalia

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains grave after 20 years of political conflict. The U.N. and international aid agency Oxfam have also warned that drought could compound the current crisis.

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