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Cablegate: Somalia -- Special Self-Help and Democracy, Human

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UNCLAS NAIROBI 003620

SIPDIS

STATE FOR AF/E, AF/EPS, AF/RSA
STATE PAS USAID

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PGOV PREL PHUM SO KE
SUBJECT: SOMALIA -- SPECIAL SELF-HELP AND DEMOCRACY, HUMAN
RIGHTS FUNDS: SUSPENSION OF PROGRAMS

1. The Regional Financial Management Center (USAID/Nairobi)
has received budget allowance cables for $58,000 to fund the
Somalia Self-Help (SSH) Program, and $30,000 to fund the
Democracy and Human Rights Fund (DHRF) Program, for FY 2005.

2. Mission has over the past several years been unable to
satisfactorily implement these programs for several reasons,
including the following: limited or no access to Somalia,
due to the high level of threat from terrorist
organizations, to allow for proposal solicitation and
assessment, recipient and project monitoring, and end-of-
project evaluation and financial accounting purposes; lack
of banking or funds transfer systems for financial
implementation; and insufficient staff resources dedicated
to Somalia at Embassy Nairobi. This combination of
challenging factors has resulted in inadequate
accountability.

3. At the current time, official accounting records are
reflecting $78,092.31 in unaccounted-for funds relating to
advances given to recipients during the past three fiscal
years. The lack of accountability does not meet US
Government minimum standards, and the challenges cited
above, unlikely to be mitigated in the foreseeable future,
will mean that these minimum standards will not be met with
any future allocations of funds.

4. We hereby officially request that funds for the current
year, totaling $88,000, be de-allowed back to the Bureau to
be made available for other SSH and DHRF programs. In
addition, until the environment in Somalia changes and
Mission's ability for program implementation, monitoring and
evaluation improves, we are suspending the Somalia SSH and
DHRF programs.

BELLAMY

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