Somalia is suffering from years of conflict, shortage of skilled human resources, fragile economic and financial base and inability to deliver basic services efficiently and effectively. Throughout Somalia, there is a low level of service delivery in administrative, financial and technical services; therefore, there is an urgent need to strengthen all the three areas, especially at the local level. 

UNDP is building upon the peace, stability and the democratization process that is underway in Somaliland, Puntland and pockets of stability in the central and south zones, working with emergent institutions to engage popular participation, respect human rights, gender equality, the rule of law and are publicly accountable.

Also, following the positive conclusion of the Somali National Reconciliation Conference under the auspices of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and held in Kenya, UNDP envisages incremental engagement specifically in peace building and strengthening institutions at central level for Somalia.