ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

Our theory of social change

We believe that poor and excluded men and women, regardless of geographical location, race, colour, and religion, have potential capacity and knowledge to overcome extreme poverty and injustice and enjoy their rights.

Organizing and catalyzing people around solidarity and campaigning will inspire them to seek right- based alternative to confront and challenge the structural causes of poverty and injustices.

Our role is to empower people living in poverty by enhancing their capacity and linking them from grassroots to the global level to overcome injustice and enjoy their deserved rights. HRBA programming is a fundamental pillar of our effort to build a world that is just and free from poverty where everyone enjoys life with dignity. We base our social change theory on our understanding of that majority of the people are socially and economically poor and marginalized. The global economic and political paradigm enables a small number of people to accumulate wealth and power at the expense of the poor and excluded majority. Social differences along the lines of sex, race, religion, class, and ethnicity are used to intensify marginalization. Social exclusion persists unless the affected people are empowered through consciousness building, access to information and collective action to challenge the status quo.

We believe social exclusion is an outcome of multiple human rights violations, and it is about exclusion from and unequal access to and control over resources; abilities to claim rights; and control over their own lives. The rich and powerful often deny the rights of the poor and excluded in order to get maximum control over productive resources and build more wealth.

In Somaliland context, women and girls are denied of fundamental human rights e.g. education, inheritance, social identity and exclusion from decision-making in political, social and developmental sphere. People living in poverty, especially women and girls, will be the centre of our social change process to confront the domination of power over women and the excluded group in accessing services, resources and power.

Our process of social change will be founded on the HRBA principles and Local Rights Programming. We will ensure that our empowerment and conscientization programme engage both people living in poverty and duty bearers to facilitate dialogue. We will identify, analyses and confront power basis that exclude and marginalize women and the poor. We will work in partnership with local and national partners to harness local knowledge, skills and reach larger constituents and international NGOs to leverage influence and change.

We will advance women’s and girls’ access to information, participation in decision-making and control over resources. We will also monitor, assess social change, document and share lessons to improve our theory of change. ActionAid Somaliland will endeavor to facilitate collective action and voices of people living in poverty through participatory process and influencing behavioral change to confront harmful cultural practices by providing quality and relevant information