updated 1:42 PM MDT, Jun 27, 2017

UK aid in a conflict-affected country: Reducing conflict and fragility in Somalia

In extremely challenging circumstances, UK aid is making a positive contribution to state-building and stability in Somalia. UK aid is making a positive contribution to state-building and stability in Somalia, despite facing extremely challenging circumstances.

The aid, which amounted to £185m in 2016/17, delivered significant achievements in Somalia. However, the UK could improve its performance in several important areas.

Government departments working in Somalia have successfully integrated their work under a single UK strategy. However they need to do more to ensure their work is underpinned by an agreed view on the causes of the conflict, to help target aid programmes and ensure that they ‘do no harm’.

The UK has helped develop a political settlement in the world’s most fragile state, but more should be done to include ordinary Somalis in the political processes – to help ensure the settlement will last.

The UK government has adapted to the difficult operating environment in Somalia, including through its use of private sector contractors who have been able to work in areas recovered from the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

from Government of the United Kingdom

Somalia:Cabinet passes the Draft National Communications Act

The Cabinet of the Federal Government of Somalia has unanimously passed the draft National Communications Act, submitted by the Ministry of Posts, Telecom and Technology.

This act is one of the oldest draft laws that was not passed by the Parliament. However, the Ministry has in the last couple of months accelerated the review process of this draft law through consultations with all stakeholders, including the Parliamentary Committee on Telecom and Information, regional states, telecom operators, ISPs and the academia.

The Act, once passed, will regulate the telecom sector, one of Somalia's thriving industries, and protect the rights of both consumers and investors.

SRT Marine Systems wins Somalia contract (FAO)

SRT Marine Systems (SRT) has received a contract from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to supply a package of specialist AIS Class B transceivers and communication devices, satellite AIS data and a vessel tracking display system in Somalia.

Durban Filmmart- Somalia Projects at this Year's DFM -Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope)

Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope) (Somalia) – produced by Andy Jones, Cynthia Kane, and Lyric R Cabraland directed by Hana Mire
The full press release on the projects that have been selected to pitch at this year’s Durban FilmMart is below.
The DFM is also open to filmmakers and interested people, not only these selected projects.
8th Durban FilmMart announces Official Project Selection for 2017 edition

14 June 2017

8th Durban FilmMart announces Official Project Selection for 2017 edition

A record 22 fiction feature films and documentaries projects in development from around Africa have been selected for the 8th edition of the Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place in Durban, South Africa from July 14 to 17.

A joint programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), the DFM aims to showcase and increase awareness of African cinema through stimulating film production on the continent by encouraging collaborations amongst African filmmakers.

The projects this year have been selected from across Africa, including Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Benin, DRC, Namibia, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.

"We are more than delighted with this year’s submissions and selection of projects," says Toni Monty, Head of the DFO. "We have a range of countries represented as well as an interesting selection of topics and themes, which we are sure will engage and pique the interest of the visiting experts and peers. With 12 feature films and 10 documentaries, this promises to be a bumper edition and we look forward to welcoming and engaging with the film-makers on these projects in the hope that the DFM will act as a facilitator and catalyst for the further development of these films.”