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Over the past years, the country has faced a worst drought and flooding that affected the livelihoods of pastoralists and farmers.


Strategic objective 

Build the resilience of people living in poverty to conflicts and disasters and respond to disasters with rights-based alternatives.

Programme Focus Area

Building resilience of the vulnerable people and meeting their immediate needs in time of disaster within HRBA framework. 

Key promises

The focus here is to ensure people in emergencies receive support in a more respectable and dignified manner within the HRBA framework, promote women’s rights and ensure people’s resilience to cope with and recover from shocks and stresses.

  • We will have built effective risk reduction and resilience system (Early warning systems, policies) with 65 communities and 5 government institutions by 2017.
  • By 2017, we will have supported 375,000 people affected by drought, conflict and flood within the HRBA framework and support livelihood recovery.
  • We will have promoted the rights of women and children in disasters and emergencies along with other vulnerable groups.

Inadequate social, economic and political capacity and capability increases community’s vulnerability to crisis and shocks. There is profound interconnection between poverty, vulnerability and violence. By virtue of its geographical location in the unstable Horn of Africa, Somaliland is vulnerable to both man-made and natural disasters. The fragile eco-system undermines the community’s ability to be resilient and to claim their rights and lacks capacity to adapt to climate change and respond to and recover and rebuild from disasters and conflicts.

Women are more vulnerable to disasters and conflict since they bear the burden when men either leave to join war, seek jobs in towns, or away with their livestock in search of water and pasture. However, they have a unique role in building resilience as they are often the first to respond to disasters though they are frequently excluded when agencies and governments step in. Over the past three years, the country has faced a worst drought and flooding that affected the livelihoods of pastoralists and farmers.

Operationalizing strategic objective

ActionAid Somaliland will work with communities, government and other like-minded organizations to promote rights-based humanitarian approaches. When humanitarian disasters strike, we will respond quickly, working with others to ensure people-centred, rights-based responses by meeting people’s immediate needs, promote protection and stop violence against women, and strengthen the capacities of local institutions, national government and civil society to respond. We will use humanitarian crises as opportunities to shift power relationships in favour of people living in poverty, empower women, increase access to justice, and promote long-term recovery. 

Drawing on our disaster risk-reduction interventions in schools and with communities, our innovative participatory methodologies and our focus on climate resilient agriculture, we will work with small holder farmers and pastoralists to build local resilience and reduce vulnerability to conflict and disaster. Strengthening resilience of local people to shocks and stresses will remain a priority of the country programme.