For over 30 years, Adeso’s work in Somalia has reached more than six million people throughout the country.

Adeso is currently working in Sanaag and Puntland Regions, partnering with communities on projects ranging from emergency drought response to water, sanitation and hygiene projects to livelihood strengthening.

WASH and Emergency Response

To address the extreme water shortage due consecutive devastating droughts in Somalia, Adeso is currently creating a Water Enterprise to drill, treat and pipe water in various parts of Somalia.

Developing a comprehensive, long-term approach to water security is essential, particularly for drought-prone communities. In practice, Adeso is in the process of procuring a high-efficiency drill rig, with the intention of operating and managing a water drilling and water supply social enterprise. The aim is to disrupt the current system that allows the powerful elite with the drilling rig and water equipment to charge extortionist prices.
Read more on our thrilling Drilling Ventures here


Adeso’s approach to economic development and livelihood diversification is rooted in a belief that market-based, grassroots, and community-owned programming is the most appropriate method to achieve sustainable and contextually relevant solutions to challenges of economic development, resilience, and disaster risk reduction.

We work to strengthen local economies, by helping communities diversify their livelihood options, improve natural resource management, and adapt to a changing climate.

Women's and Youth Empowerment.

Throughout Somalia, the demand for meaningful employment among youth and women is very high while access is low. Training and mentorship on business literacy and management, market-oriented skills development, and financial growth activities – particularly for women – are necessary to support their capacity and readiness to create or strengthen micro-businesses, grow medium enterprises, and eventually escape poverty.

Adeso aims to bridge this gap through training and mentorships. The intention is to facilitate a shift in entrepreneurial thinking for women and youth’s capacity and to safeguard, strengthen their livelihoods – not only to improve the well-being of vulnerable women and youth but also their families and surrounding communities. Adeso targets youths and women who have small scale businesses, provide critical support to grow their businesses and further strengthen their livelihoods as a result.

Read more on our livelihood programs here

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