Sector Context: Urban development has emerged as a strategic priority across the Somali territories. The Somali Compact and the Somaliland Special Arrangement prioritize the enhancement of productivity through rehabilitation of critical infrastructure including roads and water. Infrastructure and public works were priorities in the FGS 2014 Work Plan. The Somaliland National Development Plan prioritizes support to the Hargeisa Water Agency to increase water production and distribution and emphasizes the importance of decentralized, accountable service delivery. The Puntland 5-Year Development Plan reiterates commitments to decentralized service delivery and road infrastructure investments.

Timeframe 2015-16

Financials Appraised Value: US$ 6 m


The World Bank has initiated the preparation of two complementary urban operations under the MPF, the SUIPP and the Somalia Urban Development Project (SUDP). The former will support two basic types of activities that will be implemented under the latter:

  • Feasibility and preliminary design studies for the physical investments that will supported by the SUDP and other urban development projects, and institutional assessments of the agencies that will execute these investments to provide an informational and analytic base for the preparation of institutional strengthening activities that will be supported by the SUDP.
  • Provision of technical assistance to enhance the capacity of the Somali executing agencies to prepare and implement urban development projects, such as the SUDP, effectively and efficiently and to mitigate fiduciary and safeguards risk.  These activities will be client executed.

Component 1: Mogadishu

  • Road rehabilitation
  • Institutional strengthening and capacity building of the BRA

Component 2: Hargeisa

  • Waste Management
  • Institutional strengthening and capacity building

Component 3: Garowe

  • Roads and bridges
  • Institutional strengthening and capacity building

Component 4: Local Development Fund

  • Support to the LDF and institutionalization of fiscal transfers

Beneficiaries Residents of Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Garowe

Government Counterparts Ministries of Planning or Public Works in Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland; the municipalities of Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa; and the Hargeisa Water Authority

Implementation Arrangements These activities are Government-executed or executed by the World Bank on behalf if the Government, depending on the project component.

Geographic Coverage Mogadishu, Garowe, Hargeisa, as well as districts covered by the Local Development Fund