Somalia launches portal on aid flow transparency Featured

Somalia has launched a portal to publicise information how donor money is utilised in a bid to raise the transparency in the eyes the public and the international community.

Managed by the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, the platform known as Aid Information Management System (AIMS) launched this week is the country’s first attempt in three decades to aggregate information on donor contributions and where the money has been going.

Somalia’s Planning Minister Gamal Hassan said the portal at will help provide more accurate data on sectors that have benefitted more from donor funding, as well as indicate whether the money has been used effectively.

“The creation of a portal is a necessity borne out of the immense volume of information we, at the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development (MoPIED), process on a daily basis. For example: more than 650 projects were started or scaled up in 2019 alone,” Mr Hassan told the Nation.

“These projects were funded by a large number of partners. The FGS [Federal Government of Somalia] wants to enhance transparency and accountability and through this platform, we can ensure that our stakeholders (including the public) are aware of how we use ODA [official Development assistance).”

Somalia has largely been donor-dependent as it strives to stand up from years of insecurity. It also relies heavily on remittances from the diaspora as its tax base is still too small to run the economy.