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Updated On: Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Development Issues

Youth Innovation in Somalia

Content by: South-South News

1 February 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — Youth in Somalia are being urged to develop solutions for tackling the many problems facing internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their country.

A major “innovation challenge” initiative to seek ideas from young Somalis on improving the living conditions of IDPs was launched today (31 Jan) by the Federal Government of Somalia and two UN agencies, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

The challenge is part of an ongoing UNDP-led project dubbed “Innovate for Somalia” in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development and the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry. The third of its kind, the new innovation project is open to young Somali IDPs, returnees, and young people from host communities.

Top UN officials including the Under Secretary-General and Administrator of the UNDP, Achim Steiner, the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and World Bank Senior Vice-President Mahmoud Mohieldin expressed their full support for the project during their discussions with young Somalis on the second day of their visit to Somalia.

Youth participants at the camp explained their business ideas to the visiting UN officials and Mr. Mohieldin, which range from online applications and tools, to improved milk processing and livestock feeding techniques.

An official of the federal planning ministry welcomed innovative ideas developed by young Somalis that can address the various social and economic difficulties facing their country.

Storyline by: Unifeed

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