Aside from our cash programs, Adeso has implemented a range of initiatives providing emergency relief to crisis-affected communities while also working to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience. Adeso helps people meet their food security and water needs, support good sanitation and hygiene practices, and promote community led disaster risk reduction.

Improving Disaster Preparedness and Response

During emergencies every second counts, so this capacity to plan early and react more quickly is priceless. Adeso works to respond to natural and man-made disasters building communities’ capacities to identify and evaluate the risks related to natural disasters, and create innovative mitigation measure to address these gaps.

Recently, Adeso hosted two Innovation Labs in partnership with MasterCard as part of Start Network’s Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP), supporting local entrepreneurs in Marsabit and Garissa in Kenya to explore and develop solutions to creating resilience to drought. Engaging rural communities of Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) areas of Kenya, the labs to come up with sustainable and scalable innovative ideas that will improve their livelihoods in areas related to drought and food security.

We also provide technical support to the government of Somalia in order to strengthen disaster management on a national level. In conjunction with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management (MoHADM), Adeso assisted the Somalia Disaster Management Authority (SODMA) in carrying out an institutional capacity assessment. We provided technical expertise to develop a three-year disaster management strategy in line with the government’s National Development Plan and Resilience Strategy. This strategy then paved the way to develop the National Disaster Management Policy. Similarly, in Kenya, we have previously provided technical and budgetary support to country National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) contingency planning exercises to anticipate emergencies rather than react to them.

Keeping People’s Lifeline Open

Each year Somali migrants around the world send approximately US$ 1.3 billion to Somalia. More money is sent to Somalia than the amount the country receives in humanitarian assistance, development assistance and foreign direct investment combined.

These flows, facilitated by Money Transfer Operators (MTOs), represent a significant share of the country’s economy and constitute a lifeline for over 40% of Somalis.

In recent years banks around the world are closing the accounts of these MTOs, leaving hundreds of thousands of families in Somalia without a secure means of receiving life-sustaining funds from friends and relatives.

Adeso has worked with Oxfam America, the InterAmerican Dialogue, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, and others to share a comprehensive picture of the remittance issue in the US and possible solutions to account closures. Our 2013 report, Keeping the Lifeline Open: Remittances and Markets in Somalia, fostered greater engagement with the Somalia diaspora, helped strengthen relationships with US, UK and Somali government officials, and attracted significant media attention around remittances. In February 2015, we issued a new report Hanging by a Thread: The ongoing threat to Somalia’s remittance lifelineFind out more.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

In the arid and semi-arid lands where we work, communities are water-stressed for many months of the year. Even where water supply is adequate, its quality is often poor. In Northern Kenya and Somalia, water is only sufficient during the rainy seasons and scarce most of the year, leading to a decrease in yields for farmers and significant challenges for livestock-owning households. Droughts have increased dramatically over the past several decades, resulting in the deaths of many animals, reducing the availability of pasture, and increasing the distance between water sources.

Addressing these challenges, we design innovative water management and treatment interventions tailored to local needs, and trained community members on how to better manage water resources.