Country Somalia
Other countries Somaliland, Puntland
Region Africa
Duration Start 1 March, 2018 till 31 May, 2020
Field of expertise Developing Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities
Policy field(s) Local economic development
Institutional development
Poverty alleviation
Public policy and planning
Public investment
Funding European Commission (EuropeAid)
Project code 11384
The Advancing Strong Partnerships for Inclusive and Resilient Economic Development (ASPIRE) project was implemented in Somaliland and Puntland with the aim to promote inclusive and resilient economic development, drawing on the Territorial Approach for Local Development (TALD). In Somaliland, ASPIRE focused on Berbera District as a hub for inclusive local economic development (LED) in the region and as an entry point to address regional income disparities. Further, ASPIRE worked with the Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland (ALGASL) as a target group and implementing partner for dissemination and replication of lessons learned of the interventions in Berbera across Somaliland. In Puntland, ASPIRE worked with the Association of Local Government Authorities of Puntland (ALGAPL) to strengthen LED capacity at district level and promote lessons learned and best practices throughout Puntland.

Overall objective was: "Local authorities and associations of local authorities contribute to inclusive economic growth in Somaliland and Puntland."

Specific objectives were:
• Improved capacity of Berbera District to promote inclusive LED.
• Improved capacity of the Berbera Economic Forum (BEF) to promote inclusive LED.
• Strengthened capacity of ALGASL to promote inclusive LED in Somaliland.
• Strengthened capacity of ALGAPL to promote inclusive LED in Puntland.

Target groups were:
• Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland (ALGASL)
• Association of Local Government Authorities of Puntland (ALGAPL)
• Local Authorities of Berbera District (BD)
• Berbera Local Economic Development Forum (BEF)

Final beneficiaries were:
• All districts of Somaliland and Puntland (members and potential members of ALGASL and ALGAPL)
• Private sector in Berbera and local communities of Berbera, especially women, youth and people with disabilities

Sub-grantees to this program were: ALGASL, the Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland and the SIRAD foundation.