The Use of Country Systems (UCS) is an increasingly salient issue for both the Somali Government and the international community. UCS refers to a variety ways in which international partners can engage with national counterparts to deliver aid ranging from alignment with national priorities to direct implementation by government. UCS can serve as a means to achieve broader ends, including state building, increased country ownership, and improved value for money; a transition to greater UCS also carries with it risks for donors.
This study explores both the perceived and actual risks and benefits of using country systems in Somalia, provides insight into the decision-making of international partners, and proposes a few discrete areas in which UCS might fruitfully be expanded. It also aims to inform the UCS dialogue that has evolved in Somalia since 2014 through a process of collective target setting and monitoring.
You can download the report here.