Somalia stretches in the horn of Africa with an estimated population of 16.9 million, 60 percent of which are estimated to be under the age of 18. Somalia is among the countries with the highest ranking in infant and child mortality globally: 76.6 and 121.5 per 1,000 live births respectively. Somalia has been struggling with a dire humanitarian situation due to protracted conflict, drought, floods and the resultant collapse of the economy, infrastructure, government institutions and livelihoods.
Somalia is on the front line of climate change as droughts and floods are becoming more frequent and severe. Following the historic failure of four consecutive rainy seasons, Somalia is facing a climatic event not seen in at least four decades. The current drought is the longest and most severe in recent history and has surpassed the 2010/2011 and 2016/2017 droughts in terms of duration and severity which result. An estimated 8.25 million people (1.5 million children under five, 1.8 million girls (five to 17 years), 1.8 million boys (five to 17 years), 1.3 million women, 1.4 million men and 412,000 elderly) require humanitarian assistance. Significant segments of the population are on the brink of famine with another major portion facing acute food insecurity, lack of access to clean water, diseases, and displacement.
Local Humanitarian Partners (LHPs)
Humanitarian partners are responding to the situation with limited funding and resources. ToGETHER Local Humanitarian Partners are amongst the many NGOs operating and responding in Somalia, especially in Puntland, Jubbaland, Hirshabelle, and Galmudug States and the Banadir Region of Somalia.
Action Against Disasters Somalia (AADSOM) is a national, not-for-profit humanitarian organization that is committed to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity in the face of man-made crises and natural disasters in Somalia. AADSOM was established in 2008 by a group of local professionals with a cumulative experience of over 20 years in the fields of humanitarian aid and development. AADSOM’s key thematic areas of intervention include Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Health and Nutrition (H&N), and Education.
Centre for Peace and Democracy (CPD) is a national non-profit organization in Somalia that was founded in 2003. CPD’s mandate is to build peace, reduce conflicts, promote human rights, advance good governance & democratization, alleviate poverty through socio-economic development and provide humanitarian assistance. CPD has a regional presence in Galmudug, Banadir, SouthWest, and Hirshabelle States of Somalia. CPD focuses on WASH, FSL, Peacebuilding, Governance, localization, and Health.
Puntland Minority Women Development Organization (PMWDO) is a legally registered Community Service Organization (CSO) established in 2001 in Puntland State, Somalia. PMWDO was hence established by a group of women professionals from the Minority groups as a response to the need for the provision of essential social services for this marginalized people and as a platform to champion for their fundamental rights as bonafide citizens of Somalia. PMWDO focuses on Education, Human Rights, Peace Building and Reconciliation, Emergency and Disaster Relief mitigation.
Somali Lifeline Organization (SOLO) is an NGO established in 2008 by a group of professionals. SOLO works with local communities and structures to respond to humanitarian crises in the country i.e., drought, floods, conflicts, disease outbreaks and gender- based violence. SOLO provides capacity support to Local Authorities and CBOs to enhance good governance and democratization with presence in Kenya and Somalia/Somaliland. It actively participates in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) cluster coordination forums including water and sanitation, emergency livelihoods, shelter, protection, food security, nutrition and health.
Sustainable Development and Peace-building Initiatives (SYPD) was established in 2004 and operates in Banadir region, Southwest State, Hirshabelle and Jubbaland States in Somalia. SYPD is aiming to contribute to the relief efforts in the country by initiating homegrown, organic solutions to the intractable conflict that besieged the country. SYPD implements a multi-sectoral and integrated humanitarian response with focus on Food Security and Livelihood, Education, Shelter, CCCM, and Protection for conflict and climatic shocks affected vulnerable communities in Somalia in partnership with many humanitarian partners e.g., Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH).