ASPIRE is implemented from March 2018 to February 2020 by VNG International and ALGASL
The project is funded by the European Union.
Berbera Municipality Authority in partnership with VNG International (Inernational Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities) hosted together “ASPIRE” project launching event in Berbera city on 11th April 2018.
The event was attended; Timen Rooseboom fromThe Embassy of the Netherlands in Kenya, Mayor of Berbera, Governor of Sahil Region, Chief Executive Officer, Berbera Municipal Authority, Executive Director of Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland, Delegations for EU, High delegations from VNG International, Board of Berbera Freezone, Members of Berbera Economic Forum, UNHCR, DRC, HPA, IOM, HAVAYOCO, MIM, YOVENCO, GIZ, SOYCA, Fair-fishing.
The advancing Strong Partnerships for Inclusive and Resilient Economic development (ASPIRE) project focuses on Berbera as a potential role model for inclusive local economic development (LED) in the region and as an entry point to address regional income disparities. Berbera has been an important pillar of Somaliland’s economy for many years. Current large scale investments in Berbera provide opportunities for the district to exploit the economic benefits in generating employment and boost service delivery for its citizens. To foster inclusive economic growth, it is necessary for the local public sector stakeholders and the local private sector to collaborate and coordinate.
In doing so, ASPIRE builds on the commitment of Berbera District Authority’s to promote regional development, Berbera’s already established LED forum (Berbera Economic Forum), investments into the Port of Berbera and Berbera’s role as an economic hub for the region. In addition, ASPIRE works with the Association of Local Government Authorities of Somaliland (ALGASL) as a target group and implementing partner. ALGASL – as the umbrella organization for all Somaliland districts – is supported to disseminate and replicate lessons learned and successes of the Berbera pilot across Somaliland.
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Jimale Abdulahi Jama
Planning and development Director