Social Safety Nets Project

The Social safety nets project in Somalia is an example of the great impact a modest amount of money can have on communities facing chronic food insecurity. 


Somalia has been in a state of intricate humanitarian crisis for over two decades, with socio-economic, political and environmental factors leading to widespread conflict, drought and numerous other recurrent human and natural disasters. The humanitarian situation has been made worse lately by the current drought which puts more than half of the country’s population- 12 million inhabitants in food insecurity and in need of humanitarian assistance. The risk of famine and high food prices persist. The prolonged drought has been devastating for vulnerable communities, many of which never fully recovered from the 2011–12 famine. They also suffer from the longstanding conflict and lack of basic services. With their coping mechanisms severely eroded, drought affected populations will require humanitarian assistance well into 2018.

Our Approach

With the support of EU and STREAM consortium, Adeso and ACTED are co-implementing this three-year (December 2015– December 2018) project to build Resilience through Social Safety Nets in Southern and Central Somalia. The project is targeting vulnerable households among them in particular are women, children, and the disabled who are affected by the long-term recurrent climatic shocks affecting Somalia.

The project provides beneficiaries with regular, predictable, and unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) to help them manage the daily chronic needs in out-of-emergency situations. In the event of a crisis, the project has an in-built Crisis Modifier provision to top up UCTs in order to meet the immediate crisis-related needs of the beneficiaries. The project further supports initiatives to strengthen and diversify beneficiaries’ livelihoods which complements the UCTs. Such initiatives includes interest-free revolving  cash grants to initiate or boost their small scale businesses alongside continuous livelihoods skills training, peer support and mentoring to build their entrepreneurial capacity.

Additionally, the project sets out to protect gains made and/or planned through a Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) Approach which facilitates the development of CMDRR Plans based on integrated local and scientific Early Warning Systems (EWS).

Expected Outcomes

SSNP is expected to improve access to income for households vulnerable to livelihood related shocks, through regular, predictable, and unconditional cash transfers, strengthen and diversify livelihoods of vulnerable households, and improve management of cyclic shocks, through community managed disaster risk reduction and use of early warning information for timely response. In addition to reach and capacity building on social protection and safety nets as a basis for Resilience programming.

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