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STORY: AMISOM meets to evaluate implementation and

effectiveness of Quick Impact Projects in Somalia


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DATELINE: 11/JUNE/2018, NAIROBI, KENYA

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi


2. Med shot, high ranking officials present during the workshop in Nairobi
3. Close up, Colonel Constance Sikalumbi, AMISOM Military Representative and
Ambassador Purity Muhindi, representative from Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Opiyo Ododa, Senior AMISOM Civil Affairs Officer in
Charge of Stabilization and Early Recovery.
“On conceptualizing this workshop, we looked at how we can be able to
strengthen the process of implementing projects that are helpful to the people
of Somalia in terms of helping Somalia stabilize. In terms of how far we have
been in issues of quick impact projects, the Civil Affairs Unit and other officers
from AMISOM have been able to implement about 127 projects and we have 23
ongoing.”

5. Wide shot, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi


6. Med shot, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi
7. Close up, an official present during the workshop in Nairobi
8. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) Simon Mulongo, Deputy Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia and Deputy
Head of AMISOM.
“The nature of Quick Impact Projects that I am talking about varies a lot but they
are aimed at enabling the communities to benefit especially after recovery from
Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition to be able to manage and sustain
themselves, for example, supplies of water because Somalia has challenges of
freshwater resources; issues of health, where the communities have no reach to
health facilities; issues of education; issues of police station for law and order
among others. These social services-related activities have helped instill in the
recovery areas a sense of statehood. AMISOM enables such communities enjoy
being liberated from Al-Shabaab. This translates to tangible dividends of peace
and therefore enhances stabilization, promotes reconciliation and also ensures
there is some sense of integrated service provision.”
9. Wide shot, high ranking officials present during the workshop in Nairobi
10. Med shot, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi
11. Close up, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi
12. Wide shot, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ambassador Purity Muhindi, representative from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya
“AMISOM has made remarkable progress in Somalia for example it has
continued to support political dialogue and reconciliation, the maintenance of
law and order in Somalia, conducted targeted operations against Al-Shabaab and
other armed opposition groups, jointly with Somalia forces, facilitated the
delivery of humanitarian assistance and supported capacity building at various
levels of the Somalia national security forces, not least, in the support to early
need and early recovery directed at the basic needs of communities in Somalia.”

14. Close up, an official present during the workshop in Nairobi


15. Med shot, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi
16. Wide shot, officials present during the workshop in Nairobi

AMISOM meets to evaluate implementation and effectiveness of Quick Impact


Projects in Somalia

Nairobi, 11 June 2018 - Senior officials of the African Union Mission in Somalia and
partners, are meeting in Kenya’s capital Nairobi to reflect on the Mission’s Quick
Impact Projects (QIPs), aimed at improving the quality of life of communities in
recovered areas.

The three-day meeting is expected to take stock of the QIPs, their success in
contributing to peace and recovery in Somalia, challenges faced and lessons learned
in their implementation.

“On conceptualizing this workshop we looked at how we can be able to strengthen


the process of implementing projects that are helpful to the people of Somalia in
terms of helping Somalia to stabilize,” explained Dr. Opiyo Ododa, the Senior Civil
Affairs Officer in charge of Stabilization and Early Recovery, at the African Union
mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

QIPs are small scale, low cost programmes that are planned and implemented within
a short period of time and have a rapid positive impact on targeted communities. In
Somalia’s case, AMISOM implements the QIPs through its Civil Affairs Unit.

According to Dr. Ododa, a total of 127 QIPs are already completed and 23 are
ongoing in various parts of the country. They include military, civilian and police
interventions.
The three-day workshop whose theme is - “ Lessons Learned on Quick Impact
Projects Implementation” – will also review financial management and audit of
projects and funding for early recovery.

Among issues likely to drive the discussions include the coordination of delivery of
QIPs, strengthening community engagement to ensure the projects benefit the
Somali community and ways of ensuring sustainable funding.

“It’s an internal workshop,” said Dr. Ododa, who is the convener of the meeting.
“We are here to see how best (the QIPs can be implemented) and the best way they
can be delivered to the community.”

The workshop, officially opened by Ambassador Purity Muhindi of Kenya’s Ministry


of Foreign Affairs, was also attended by Simon Mulongo, the deputy head of
AMISOM, and Adong Oder, the representative of the African Union Commission
Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The envoy praised AMISOM for its remarkable progress in stabilizing Somalia since it
started its work in the war-ravaged country about eleven years ago.

The Mission has supported political dialogue and reconciliation, maintained law and
order, facilitated the delivery of humanitarian assistance, supported military
intervention, and helped in early recovery, among other interventions, she said.

Ambassador Muhindi noted that credit had to go to the Mission for contributing to
peace and stability and degrading the threat posed by Al-Shabaab militia. “I am
positive AMISOM will continue to play its role,” she said and singled out the lack of
“reliable and sustainable” funding as a key challenge to the Mission’s operations.

Simon Mulongo, AMISOM’s deputy head, said the QIPs were “initial projects that
underpin our mission in Somalia”, and noted that they had contributed immensely to
Somalia’s early recovery. He singled out projects on water, health, education and
security, as some of those implemented by AMISOM that have helped stabilize
liberated areas.

“The social services-related activities have helped to instill in the recovery areas a
sense of statehood. AMISOM enables such communities enjoy the benefits of being
liberated from Al-Shabaab,” Mr. Mulongo noted.

The AMISOM deputy head thanked the civil affairs component of the Mission, jointly
with the military, for their continued efforts in stabilizing Somalia.
Participants expect that the lessons learned from the workshop will help strengthen
the process of implementing the projects in question and thus stabilize the war-torn
country.

“We are doing well but we still think that with workshop like this, we will strengthen
(the implementation of the QIPs),” said Dr. Ododa.
He thanked partners who have helped AMISOM deliver QIPs to the community,
among them, the British Embassy in Mogadishu, the Danish Government, the United
Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), the African Union Commission, and
liaison officers from Troop Contributing Countries.