ODA eligibility database




Sector or themePeace and security: security system reform
Provider countryDenmark
Recipient countrySomalia
Implementing agencyUnited Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Budget (USD x 1000)3800
Purpose code15130 Legal and judicial development

  • The purpose of this engagement is to strengthen Somali institutional building blocks in the rule of law sector. The absence of government-supported institutions providing the rule of law in most of Somalia is a major contributor to instability and a critical gap that needs filling in order to support peace and development. An example of such engagement has been the response to focused international and Somali efforts to develop prison systems which was initially driven by the ambition to deal with convicted pirates, high risk offenders and captured Al Shabaab fighters.
  • The work to build Rule of Law institutions comes in two parts. The first focusses on the continued management of prisons in Somaliland and Puntland in line with international norms, including a focus on rehabilitation efforts and vocational training workshops. The second focuses on the construction of Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex. This prison will include a special cell block to deal with high risk offenders – such as members of Al Shabaab – and will include integrated rehabilitation programmes.
  • It is expected that support to the Somali Rule of Law sector will be a key component in the ongoing stabilisation efforts of the country, including how to best deal with violent extremism. The establishment of the necessary structure for penal corrections is an achievement in itself and will pivot around the continued management of the already established prisons in Somaliland and Puntland. In addition, the construction of the Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex will constitute a key building block for the Rule of Law in South Central Somalia.
  • This activity is deemed ODA-eligible. The activity focuses on “continued management of the prisons in Somaliland and Puntland” and “the construction of Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex”. This relates to support to the rule of law which is included in ODA. It is taken into account that the project also includes a special cell block for terrorists, but not as a primary objective.