The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to the Somali people. The United States Government has contributed $420M in the last year to emergency food assistance in drought-stricken parts of Somalia. On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Government announced more than $110m in additional humanitarian funding for the Somalia response – nearly $17m from USAID/OFDA, more than $59m from USAID/Food For Peace, and nearly $35m from State/PRM.
Since 2013, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided over $304 million in development assistance to support economic, political, and social sector reform in order to achieve greater stability, establish a formal economy, obtain access to basic services, and attain representation through legitimate, credible governance. The United States works closely with other donors, international organizations, the Federal Government of Somalia and local Municipalities to support social services and the development of an effective and representative security sector, including military, police, and justice sector while supporting ongoing African Union peacekeeping efforts.
On September 8, 2015, the Department of State formally launched the U.S. Mission to Somalia based in the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. The Mission in Nairobi also handles consular coverage for Somalia. On June 27, 2016, Stephen Schwartz was sworn in as the first U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in 25 years. Other principal mission officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List. After a twenty-three-year diplomatic absence, the Federal Government of Somalia’s first ambassador was accredited to Washington on July 14, 2014. The Somali embassy was re-opened on November 18, 2015.
Nasrin Mohamed of MustaqbalRadio met Martin Dale, Charge’ d’Affaires to the U.S Embassy to Somalia, and Tyler Beckelman, the Acting Deputy Mission Director for USAID to Somalia. Nasrinasked both of them a few questions about their work in Somalia and specifically how the U.S. government is supporting projects that empower women. First, we asked Martin: Is it the first time to work in Somalia? What are you learning in your new position? Mr. Dale answers….