EU funds stipend payment for 6,800 Somali Police Officers

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PRESS RELEASE

Nairobi, 9 November 2016 – As part of the long-standing commitment from the European Union

to financially support the Somali security sector, some 6,800 men and women of the Somali Police

Force will this week receive a stipend (salary top up).

“We recognise that the provision of a regular and accountable salary payment is the responsibility

of the government, however, as Somalia’s main development partner, the EU is contributing these

stipends in order to ensure that police officers are adequately compensated for providing increased

security, law and order”, said the EU Head of Delegation and Ambassador to Somalia Veronique

LORENZO

The EU stipends will be paid from the Central Bank of Somalia directly to the bank accounts of the

individual police officers, making the delivery of the salary/stipends faster, easier and more

transparent. This initiative supports progress made on the security sector reform agenda, which the

Federal Government of Somalia has committee to and which aims to build effective and transparent

administrative systems within the security sector.

This new system will reduce loopholes for misappropriation and enable government funds to be

efficiently used and accounted for. The latest EU’s support includes monitoring and technical

capacity building and advice provided by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS),

working to ensure that robust fiduciary controls are in place.

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For further inquiries please contact:

EU Somalia DELEGATION

DELEGATION-SOMALIA@eeas.europa.eu

+254(0)20 280 20 00

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