Somalia Community Recovery and Economic Support

In somalia, priority humanitarian needs include food security and livelihood interventions to help meet immediate needs, protect livelihoods and support community resilience efforts. Pastoralists and agro-pastoralists are among the most affected, as they depend on animal and rain fed farming as their primary livelihood.

Background

In many areas, the poor have minimally adequate food consumption, cannot afford essential non-food expenditures, and are unable to maintain their livelihoods. Access to safe water drinking and sanitation is very limited across Somalia, contributing to higher risks of ill-health. Pastoralist and agro pastoralists, who rely on water from surface runoffs (such as rivers) and are therefore entirely dependent on rainfall, are often the most affected. Most traditional water sources are overused and unprotected. A large portion of the population lives without sanitary facilities or means of waste disposal, the effects of which are most noticeable in urban environments. Against this background, this project aims to improve access to food, safe water and sanitation facilities, protect livelihood assets and build resilience of poor households in Somalia/Somaliland.

Our Approach

Funded by the US Agency for International development (USAID), this one-year program is designed to go beyond the short-term crisis response and focus on enhancing household capacity to address recurrent shocks in the Sanaag, Mudug and Mogadishu regions of Somalia/Somaliland. The program includes the following major components: provision of seeds and tools to farmers, extension services, rehabilitation of strategic water points through Cash for Work activities, and income-generation activities. We will also support the central government to strengthen the Disaster Management Authorities’ ability to prepare for and respond to disasters.These components will complement each other, linking emergency interventions to recovery, and actively support households maintain their livelihood strategies while addressing key water and sanitation problems.

Expected Outcomes

This project will address emergency needs and develop opportunities for community asset building among most vulnerable households. The food security situation in the region is expected to improve through enhanced agricultural production capacity, while the local market economy will witness improvements with the establishment of Cash for Work initiatives. There will also be improved hygiene and access to water due to the
rehabilitation and construction of strategic water points, training on hygiene promotion, introduction of hand washing practices and construction of latrines.