SOMALIA / YOUTH INNOVATION

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UN agencies and the Somali Government launched an “innovation challenge” initiative today to seek ideas from young Somalis on improving the living conditions of internal displaced persons (IDPs). UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / YOUTH INNOVATION
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DATELINE: 31 JANUARY 2018, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

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1. Various shots, Mark Lowcock, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations and Achim Steiner, Under Secretary-General and Administrator, United Nations Development Programme meet the staff members at the Drought Operations Coordination Centre
2..Close up, Vincent Lelei, Deputy UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia
3. Various shots, staff members present during the meeting
4. Various shots, Mark Lowcock, Achim Steiner meeting staff members at the Drought Operations Coordination Centre
5. Various shots, the High-Level delegation meets Somali Youth innovators
6. Wide shot, the delegation chairs the conference meeting with the youth
7. Med shot, Mark Lowcock, Achim Steiner and Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships, World Bank
8. Close up, a participant present during the conference
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner, Under Secretary-General and Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“To the Government of Somalia, I would like to say thank you for giving us an opportunity to try this out. You are the best hope that something will be different tomorrow. We write a lot of reports, we do a lot of emergency support. But what we love the most is to work with people like you because if we can succeed with you, to help you to the next level, you will take Somalia to its next level.”
10. Wide shot, youth participants present at the conference
11. Med shot, Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia
12. Close up, a participant present during the conference
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“No country wants to be reliant on emergency assistance. And the only way I can achieve my dream of not being needed anymore is if Achim is fantastically successful in helping all of you to be fantastically successful. So, as far as I am concerned, you are the solution to my problems so good luck and thank you and please keep going.”
14. Wide shot, youth participants present at the conference
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships, World Bank:
“I saw very good ideas today. (As) the World Bank, we do business with governments directly. But we have a very strong private sector arm, which is called the International Finance Corporation or the IFC. I am pleased to know from my colleague today that we have a fund of around $10 million dedicated for Somalia to help the start-ups, small and micro entreprises. So, that could join forces very soon.”
16. Med shot, participants present at the conference
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdullahi Alas, Resilience Coordinator in the Federal Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development:
“We really don’t want to be dependent on humanitarian (support). And this is the way out. This is the way people could be resilient and this is I think something that we can really look into.”
18. Wide shot, participants present at the conference

STORYLINE:

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.

UN humanitarian affairs chief Lowcock told a gathering of young innovators in the capital Mogadishu “no country wants to be reliant on emergency assistance,” adding that “the only way I can achieve my dream of not being needed anymore (as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator) is if Achim (Steiner) is fantastically successful in helping all of you to be fantastically successful. As far as I am concerned, you are the solution, and good luck.”

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.

The Somali ministry’s resilience coordinator Abdullahi Alas said “we really don’t want to be dependent on humanitarian support. This is the way out, and this is something we can look into.”

UNDP chief Achim Steiner advised the youth to develop professional networks to promote their innovations.

He said, “We do a lot of emergency support, but what we love the most is to work with people like you because if we can succeed with you, to help you to the next level, you will take Somalia to its next level.”

Senior World Bank executive Mahmoud Mohieldin called on young Somalis to maximize the opportunities provided by the government, civil society and Somalia’s development partners under the innovation challenge.

He said, “As the World Bank, we do business with governments directly, but we have a very strong private sector arm; and I am pleased to know from my colleague today that we have a fund of around 10 million USD dedicated for Somalia to help the start-ups, small and micro enterprises.”

The inaugural “Innovate for Somalia” camp was held in October 2017, where young people were given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in order to raise start-up funding. The most viable solutions for improving the living conditions and livelihoods of IDPs will be supported through entrepreneurship training, incubation and access to finance.
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