Solar lamp distribution for the IDPs in Bonkai village, Baidoa District. A community supported by NRC under the BRCiS funding. All photos are copyrighted (e-mail perrine.piton@nrc.no to ask about use)
Read caption NRC distributing solar lamps to internally displaced people in Bonkai village, Baidoa district. The community is supported by NRC under BRCiS funding. Photo: NRC/BRCiS/Marco Gualazzini/Constrasto

NRC in Somalia

Somalia is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world and was ranked as one of the ten most neglected displacement crises by NRC in 2017.

Facts

A total of

791,219

people in need received our assistance in 2017.

Humanitarian overview

While three quarters of the population live on under USD 1.25 a day, Somalia is dealing with political instability and drought. Over 2.1 million Somalis are internally displaced and over half of them are children. Meanwhile, a growing number of Somali refugees are returning to Somalia, many from Yemen and Kenya, where they risk being displaced again.

In 2017, Somalia was hit by the worst drought in 20 years. Today, over 5.4 million people rely on humanitarian assistance to survive and over 301,000 children suffer from acute malnutrition. In pastoralist communities in the state Somaliland, crops have been wiped out, livestock prices have declined and animals have died, leaving people forced to sell their belongings, and borrow food and money to survive.

Violent extremism makes it difficult for humanitarian organisations to reach people who need lifesaving aid. The armed group Al-Shabaab is accused of stealing emergency aid and blocking supply routes. But the election of popular President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in February 2017 have offered a glimpse of hope.

People we helped in Somalia in 2017

9736
people benefited from our education programme
59,383
people benefited from our food security programme
31,055
people benefited from our shelter programme
730
people benefited from our ICLA programme
15,693
people benefited from our WASH programme

NRC's operation

Somalia is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world and was ranked as one of the ten most neglected displacement crises by NRC in 2017.

Many people struggle to cope with drought and violence. Our emergency teams are on the ground to respond to the ever-increasing needs. We involve those forced to flee to participate in our activities, from building shelters to tackling agricultural challenges, to gain new skills that can increase their resilience to withstand shocks in the future.

NRC Camp managementCamp management

 
We work to strengthen existing settlements. Our teams:

  • map settlements and plan trainings to improve settlement layout
  • conduct Capacity Building Training for settlement leaders to improve access to information and accountability to people affected by displacement
  • map existing resources and infrastructure in settlements to identify gaps
  • construct community centres for community meetings

 

NRC EducationEducation

 
We want all displaced Somali children and youth, as well as those in the communities that host them, to go to school. Our education teams:

  • provide classes for children who have missed out on education to catch up with their peers, to ensure their transition into the formal school system
  • engage with young people through our youth education programme, which helps young adults find opportunities to create their own businesses and cooperatives
  • train teachers
  • construct and rehabilitate classrooms, in coordination with our shelter teams

 

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

 
Many displaced people in Somalia are denied basic rights like land and tenure. Our teams:

  • help Somali refugees to return safely
  • raise awareness about the rights of displaced people among local authorities and communities
  • provide information and legal counselling on housing, land and property rights to displaced Somalis and Somali refugees who have returned to the country
  • run an emergency hotline and call centre to provide immediate legal advice
  • assist displaced Somalis to secure land tenure

 

NRC Livelihoods and food securityLivelihoods and food security

  
Violent cnflict, poverty and drought have increased food insecurity in Somalia. Our teams:

  • make cash transfers to families so they can purchase food and household goods
  • raise awareness of and give trainings on good nutrition practices
  • support communities' environmental conservation, like providing solar energy for irrigation
  • provide livelihood trainings to empower farmers and other community members with new skills, for instance, farmers are trained to tackle diseases that can damage their crops

 

NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

 
We provide temporary, transitional and permanent shelters to internally displaced people in Somalia. Our teams:

  • construct temporary, transitional and permanent shelters
  • distribute household items like solar lamps
  • construct and rehabilitating classrooms

 

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

 
Our WASH teams:

  • build household and community latrines
  • install and rehabilitate water systems for drinking water
  • promote sanitation and hygiene awareness
  • train communities on how to use and maintain hygiene facilities and waste management

 

BRCiS Consortium

brcis consortiumBRCiS is a humanitarian Consortium that takes a holistic approach to supporting Somali communities in developing their capacity to resist and absorb minor shocks without undermining their ability to move out of poverty.  Read more at www.nrc.no/brcis

  

About NRC in (country)

Established
2004
International staff
11
Areas of operations
Mogadishu (Country office), Kismayu, Dollow, Dhoble, Baidoa, Hargeisa, Erigavo, Bossaso, Galkayo, Garowe, Burao.
Budget 2017
USD 45 million
National staff
238

Contact

Country Director

Victor Moses

Phone

+252 618454597