WorldRemit founder Ismail Ahmed launches $500m Somaliland fund

WorldRemit’s founder, chairman, and former CEO for eight years, Ismail Ahmed, has launched a new foundation fund to drive entrepreneurial development in Somaliland.

The Sahamiye Foundation is based in London and Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital.

Ahmed has committed $500 million of his own wealth and investments over the next ten years to Somaliland-focused development programmes.

“In choosing to move away from traditional solutions offered by the aid sector, Somaliland has received very little development assistance,” the Sahamiye Foundation explains.

The group therefore wants to help the country move past “traditional models of donor funding and towards a more entrepreneurial, scale-up approach”.

Launched in 2010, WorldRemit’s first market was Somaliland. “Since then, the market has flourished,” says Ahmed.

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This is great news. Well done to Chairman Ismail Ahmed and team.

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For reference the Somaliland Development Fund 1 and 2 (from the UK, Denmark and Netherlands) amounts to 97 million over a period of 12 years (2012-2024).