Somalia: U.S., Qatar and UK Announce a U.S.$10.5 Million in New Aid to Somalia

Mogadishu — The US Agency for International Development [USAID] with Qatar Development Fund and UKAID announced on Thursday a new aid package for Somalia.

The announcement was made during a joint press conference in Mogadishu, where the aid agencies launched a $10.5 million drought assistance and resilience program through the Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) consortium.

The trilateral partnership builds upon famine prevention and resilience investments made by USAID, UKAID, and QFFD in 2021/22 and will enable BRCiS to sustain lifesaving service delivery while accelerating recovery efforts over the next six months.

Severe drought, compounded by conflict, in Somalia has left 6.6 million people severely food insecure. Since January 2022, more than 3 million people have been displaced and mortality rates have surpassed those in 2017.

An estimated 43,000 deaths have already occurred – half of which were among children under five. Without continued support, more than half a million children under the age of five are at risk of severe malnourishment and death this year.

Mike Nithavrianakis, British Ambassador to Somalia said: “The situation in Somalia remains critical. We applaud our partners’ sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance which helped to avert nationwide famine this year. This is significant, but humanitarian aid alone cannot address the crisis. That is why the UK is reinforcing BRCiS’ response through continued collaboration with the U.S. and Qatar.”