January 17, 2012
1. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed on January 13 an agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to implement a unique three-month pilot study on water supply, sanitation and hygiene for internally displaced persons (IDPs) living on the outskirts of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The pilot study is the first JICA-supported work in Somalia since 1991 when its assistance was put on a hold due to internal conflicts.
2. JICA re-launched its development work for Somalia in September 2011 with a third-country-training in Kenya on Health System Management for Somali health professionals. The pilot study is a further step to improve public health in Somalia and to promote resilience in the Horn of Africa.
3. This pilot study will form the basis for expanded programmes for supporting vulnerable Somalis across the country. The study aims to verify the feasibility of effective approach of water supply and hygiene improvement using Japanese technology, and to summarise recommendations. The results of the study will be utilised for future interventions of JICA and development partners. In the pilot sites of the study, some vulnerable IDPs and affected host communities will be provided with clean and safe drinking water.
4. While an early resolution to the conflict in Somalia is desired, the international community is expected to support for achieving a safe and hygienic environment for the people on the ground as soon as possible. JICA will keep considering and implementing feasible assistance for the people of Somalia.