What is the project?

In 2014 the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the international community established a high-level and hybrid institution - the Financial Governance Committee (FGC) - to increase transparency and accountability on key financial governance issues. The first biannual review of the FGC highlighted the need for additional, more sustainable financing to enable the FGC to fulfil its mandate. This project provides the FGC with: a) predictable, reliable funding for its basic operations and b) technical assistance to help advance its work program in the FGC’s second year.

What are the components?

Component 1: Facilitating policy dialogue and mutual accountability on financial governance

This component will finance the main elements of the FGC architecture. It will also aim to strengthen mutual accountability between the government and international partners as well as between government and key Somali actors by monitoring and communicating financial governance progress and stimulating public debate.

Component 2: Strengthening high value public procurement and concessions

This component will provide dedicated technical assistance to strengthen the area of high value public procurement and concessions. It will support the FGC and the FGS by facilitating technical advisory services and by improving transparency in strategic procurement and concessions.

Component 3: Supporting Oversight and Transparency of Asset Recovery

This component will contribute to greater transparency of the asset recovery process by supporting the FGC’s oversight role and monitoring asset recovery and the use of proceeds of recovered assets. It will complement the assistance provided under the World Bank / UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery (STAR) initiative and provide limited technical assistance to support the Central Bank of Somalia and the government in implementing its asset recovery strategy, if required.

Concept Note

What is the project?

This project complements the ongoing Capacity Injection Project (CIP) targeting the Federal Government of Somalia and the Puntland State Government. Civil service reform remains a priority of the Government of Somaliland (GoSL) and has been identified as a key priority in the Somaliland Special Arrangement (SSA). A Public Service Reform Steering Committee is responsible for providing strategic oversight and guidance for the implementation of Somaliland’s Public Service Reform Strategy. The GoSL has requested World Bank support to build the foundation for longer-term civil service reform and institutional development. The project is designed under the Series of Project (SOP) instrument.

What are the components?

Component 1: Strengthening the policies, procedures and systems for civil service management

• Support to civil service headcount and payroll management
• Human Resource Management reforms through legal and organizational improvements
• Pension reform

Component 2 – Strengthening core capacity of targeted ministries

• Re-organization and change management in targeted ministries
• Civil Service Talent Management Program
• Management and common services training and coaching

Component 3- Strengthening policy management and monitoring capabilities at the Center of Government

• Strengthening policy management capacity in the Ministry of the Presidency and building M&E capacity in MoNPD

Component 4 – Project management and support in delivery

• Project management and monitoring and evaluation
• Supporting project implementation through collaborative leadership and result-focused planning and delivery

ISR 1 (October 2016)
PAD1 (October 2016)
ISR (June 2016)

What is the project?

This project is the first in series of projects designed to support an operational payroll and payment system for the non-security sector in Somalia. Phase I of the program is an emergency operation prepared in response to an urgent request from government for the six-month period from July 1 to December 31, 2014. With the end of the Norwegian-funded Special Financing Facility (SFF) in 2014, the project filled the gap in funding salaries and other recurrent costs that would have been created, especially in the light of poor domestic revenue performance. The SFF, focused on recurrent and capital expenditure, was envisioned as a temporary bridging mechanism, and has helped to jump-start the PFM reform process. The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), World Bank, Government of Norway, and Donors agreed that the World Bank-administered MPF would take over the financing of recurrent costs from the SFF, in line with the comparative advantages of the Bank’s fiduciary and macro-policy frameworks and dialogue with the government.


What are the componets?

Component 1

Emergency Support to core Government Functions in Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs). To finance salaries of non-security sector civil servants in the MDAs; and the cost of subject matter experts.
Component 2

Strengthening Systems for Expanded Operations and Service Delivery. To finance technical assistance to support the FGS efforts to expand its reform agenda in PFM including its salary payments and procurement systems, and the expansion of its service delivery within FGS and to other regions of the country.

Component 3

Program Management and Coordination. To support the External Affairs Fiduciary Section (EAFS) for the coordination, administration, communication, management, procurement, monitoring and evaluation, audit and dissemination of project activities.

Completion Report
ISR (2)(Aug 15)
Project Amendment
ISR (1)(Dec 14)

What is the project?

Since RCRF I, important political and state building milestones have been met in the state formation process that alter the context for RCRF II. The elements of Somalia’s future federation are emerging and there is an increasing strategic importance to ensure emerging and established federal member states are part of the broader fiscal and administrative discussions. This emerging sub-national environment is a new and important factor in the context for development assistance in Somalia and specifically for RCRF II. Regions and federal member states have been engaged with RCRF II on the basis of a series of ‘Readiness Criteria’ before they will be eligible to receive financing, as set out under Component 2. The readiness criteria will cover 3 major areas: strategic; macro-fiscal; and PFM/Administration. Meeting the criteria is an essential pre-condition for governments to access RCRF II financing, and in subsequent years will be followed by an ongoing process of routine monitoring against an agreed set of benchmarks.

What are the component?

Components Phase II, starting in 2015, will consolidate the gains made under Phase I, and will strengthen macro-fiscal management, Central Bank reform, and potential targeted support to expanded social service delivery. Phase II will also explore options for the expansion of recurrent cost support to regional governments.

Component 1: Support to Core Government Functions in MDAs in FGS

• Finance the salaries of eligible non-security sector civil servants in the MDAs; the cost of staff injected under the capacity injection mechanism (CIM); and non-salary operating costs for MDAs.

Component 2: Inter-Governmental Fiscal Transfers for Core Functions (Grants from FGS to Sub-National Regional authorities)

• RCRF sub-national financing will reward accountable and transparent government in line with RCRF broader principles. Interim and emerging states will need to comply with clearly defined ‘Readiness Criteria’ before receiving financing. These criteria are currently under discussion and consultation, and will cover the following dimensions:

(a) macro-fiscal, including fiscal assessments;
(b) PFM;
(c) public administration;
(d) social service delivery impact.

Component 3: Support of recurrent costs in Health and Education Sectors in FGS and eligible sub-national authorities

• Support the FGS, Puntland and Interim Jubbaland Administration (IJA) to expand their service delivery systems through improvement of accountability systems and support of recurrent costs in the education and health sectors. The specific activities include financing:

(i) the set-up of basic accountability systems in both sectors;
(ii) eligible salaries and allowances for teachers and health workers from 2015 to 2020;
(iii) eligible non-salary recurrent costs in the sectors

Component 4: Project Management and Coordination: Includes EAFS consultants; workshops, seminars, training, travel, communications, translation of documents, operational expenses, bank charges, etc.

• Support coordination, administration, communication, management, procurement, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as well as impact-evaluation, auditing and dissemination of project activities in FGS, Puntland and the IJA. It finances dedicated staff to cover administration, financial management, procurement and communications. It also supports efforts to develop and strengthen the Fiduciary Sections of the Offices of Accountant General in FGS, Puntland, IJA and interim and emerging states through the financing of equipment, furniture and fillings, capacity building, technical assistance, and other inputs as required. The project also supports the Offices of the respective Auditor Generals with technical assistance to provide annual audits and the Central Bank of Somalia with technical assistance to strengthen the payments systems.

ISR(1)(Nov 15)
PAD (June 2015)
ISR (June 2015)

What is the project?

The Somali Compact recognized capacity development as a key enabler essential for delivering its peacebuilding and state-building priorities. It identified the need for dedicated support to strengthen core government functions, improving civil service management and building capacity at the center of government. To deliver on these priorities, the government decided to establish a Government Flagship Program and requested joint support by the World Bank, UNDP and development partners. In response, the Institutional Capacity Development Program, a joint approach to capacity building in Somalia has been developed. The program is designed to inject capacity, filling urgent, strategic capacity gaps and building the foundation for longer-term civil service reform and institutional development.

What are the components?

Component 1 : Developing capacity for key cross-cutting government functions

• Supporting Harmonized and Government-led Capacity Injection in Priority Institutions
• Providing Specialized Training and Coaching Support for New Recruits and their Teams

Component 2 : Strengthening the policies and procedures for civil service management

• Supporting Priority Ministries in re-organization and change management
• Strengthening Basic Policies for Civil Service Management
• Civil Service Work Force Management
• Strengthening the Ethical Foundations of the Civil Service

Component 3 : strengthening policy management, coordination and monitoring capabilities at the center of government

• Strengthening Capacity for Aid coordination and Monitoring and Evaluation of the Somali compact
• Developing Basic Policy Management Capabilities
• Strengthening Leadership for Change and Delivery

Component 4 : Project management and coordination

• Program management, coordination, monitoring and reporting
PAD (August 2015)
ISR (October 2015)

What is the project?

The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) requested rapid support from development partners to help raise the capacity of the government as articulated in the Somali Compact. Core government functions are also prioritized within the Somaliland Special Arrangement. To respond to this need, the World Bank is proposing a suite of three complementary projects to be funded through the MPF to: (i) provide recurrent financing of the government’s budget; (ii) support PFM reform, and (iii) inject capacity to fill urgent capacity gaps for implementing programs and developing initial functionality.

What are the components?

The PFM reform project aims at establishing systems for more transparent and accountable management and use of public funds. It focuses on the implementation of medium-term fiscal frameworks to underpin planning and annual budget preparation; revenue mobilization and tax administration; financial management information system; expenditure control; procurement, accounting and financial reporting; auditing; monitoring; and establishment of structures to oversee PFM reform in Somalia.

Component 1: Revenue mobilization, planning and budget preparation

• Strengthen planning and budget preparation as well as to mobilize domestic resources to achieve development objectives.
• Support the integration of the recurrent and capital budgets and capacity to prepare Medium Term Sector Strategies.
• Support expansion of the tax base, whilst improving procedures to reduce compliance costs and increase integrity of the system. Component 2 : Treasury management, budget execution, procurement, accounting and financial reporting

• Strengthen controls needed for fiscal discipline and promote transparency and accountability.
• Help ensure that all revenue collections and authorized payments are made through a Treasury Single Account in the Central Bank, improving payment system credibility.
• Support the continued roll-out of a financial management system and the production of good quality in-year financial reports and annual financial statements.
• Support the FGS‘s public procurement reform and capacity building strategy preparation and implementation of immediate and medium term activities.
• Pilot mobile money transfers as an alternative system for collection of targeted government and utility revenues and potentially later for disbursement of expenditures.

Component 3 : Strengthening of integrity pillars (e.g. audit modernization and manuals)

• Strengthen key integrity institutions (Public Accounts Committee and Supreme Audit Institution) to hold government accountable for the use of public funds.
• Strengthen Government’s internal audit.

Component 4 : PFM Professionalization

• Build PFM competencies through a PFM Education and Training Program designed to build capacity at the individual level for planning and budget preparation officials, procurement officers, accountants and internal and external auditors.

Component 5 : Project oversight, coordination and management

• Provide a structured approach to PFM institutional capacity strengthening, including support for change management, security and logistics and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for the project.
• Help establish a Somalia Association of Professional Accountants that will evolve to become a Professional Accountancy Organization Component 6
Analytic and Advisory Services
• Provide actionable PFM policy notes

ISR(1)(Nov '15)
Project Appraisal Document
Project Information Document
ISR (October 2016)
ISR (September 2015)