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Sida's work in Somalia

Decades of inter-group armed conflict, weak political governance and recurring climate-related crises have taken their toll on Somalia's population. Sweden is one of the largest donors and supports peacebuilding, democracy, human rights and equal health, as well as issues related to the environment, climate and energy.

Sida’s support in Somalia

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Progress has been made


of the adult population use mobile banking services.1In the decades that Somalia as a state has been relatively absent, the business sector has grown strong and innovative. Communications technology has become an important part of the economy.

Maternal mortality has decreased

Maternal mortality has declined over the past 20 years, but levels remain very high.2

Challenges remain


of women aged 20 to 24 get married before the age of 18. 99 percent of girls and women between 15 – 49 years are forced to undergo genital mutilation.3 Domestic violence is common. Troubling new legislative proposals entail further deterioration in the sexual and reproductive health area.

Extreme drought

Nearly half of the Somali population, over 8 million people, need life-saving humanitarian assistance.4

Corruption permeates society

In the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, Somalia ranked 180 out of 180 countries in 2022.5

Many human rights violations

The situation regarding democracy, the rule of law and human rights is serious. All parties to the ongoing armed conflicts are committing human rights violations. Access to formal justice is limited, especially in rural areas.

Two types of aid in Somalia

In Somalia, Sida implements development cooperation to contribute to long-term development of the country. We also provide humanitarian assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering in emergency situations.

Updated: February 23, 2023