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October 6, 2010

NGOs are out of control: Somaliland Minister of Planning and Development

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NGOs are out of control: Somaliland Minister of Planning and Development


Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire Somaliland’s Minister of Planning and Development


HARGEISA -Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire Somaliland’s Minister of Planning and Development today addressed Somaliland parliament for the first time since taking office. Dr. Shire told members of parliament that since he took office he has been working on a report to see where the country stood with regards to development. Dr. Shire spoke about his findings and one of the issues that caught his attention was the number of NGOs and the lack of development that they have done.

Dr. Shire went on to say currently there are 300 International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) registered in Somaliland and these NGOs are not being held accountable for all their financial funding. These 300 International Non-Governmental Organizations in the country are said to be working in the fields of education, social service and community development. However there is no single tangible thing that shows what these NGOs have done for the people of Somaliland and that to me is unacceptable.

Dr. Shire blamed the government for failing to account the donor funds that these NGOs are getting on behalf of Somaliland citizens. Another factor that allowed for these NGOs to go out of control is the lack of auditing system that would requires these NGOs to maintain transparent accounting. Dr. Shire went farther to say that he is very disappointed with his findings regarding these NGOs and therefore something must be done about them.

Minister Dr. Sa’ad Ali Shire concluded his briefing by telling members of the parliament that his office is presently working on a strategy that will begin registering these NGOS and audit them at the end of each fiscal year to verify where donor funding was spend. Dr. Shire also suggested that a committee be formed that will work with NGOs and donor countries.

Source: SomalilandPress| Oct 6,2010



  1. Wonderful wat a great man i beleife this is the man we were looking for.
    To me it seems like somaliland has jus got the right leadership and is heading for a brither future, i hope all our citizens will be with u and most of all may God be with u on every step u take just for the sake of ur counrty and ppl

    Comment by A.Qoradag — October 7, 2010 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  2. When i compare this government with the former one. S a somaliland I am happy excited and joyful for the new root and change they are taking… I am shocked to find out that there are over 300 NGO’s just for the somaliland ppl. . If they are I havnt seen or even heard that much improvement. . Yes little for wat the donors give them..
    I see he will get in deep pockets of this NGOS and we stand united with him. .. if they want to help the somaliland ppl then show… as they say walk the walk. Don’t talk the talk.

    Comment by jamac — October 8, 2010 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  3. I love this man very much and i love his dedication, hardwork annd honesty that he shows when it comes to somaliland issues. I wish him all the best in the world and we are happy and proud to have you among us. God bless you and your family and whole somaliland.

    Comment by samar — May 2, 2011 @ 7:50 am | Reply

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