After a famine in 2011 that caused an estimated 260,000 deaths, many communities are still struggling to recover. The BRCiS Consortium was created in 2013 to prevent such mass suffering in the future. Toward this end, BRCiS interventions balance short-term humanitarian aid with efforts to increase resilience and lift people out of poverty in the longer term.
By supporting investments in community leadership and social capital, early warning and action, livelihoods and basic services, BRCiS provides the foundation for disaster risk reduction (DRR), anticipatory action and economic empowerment. The second phase of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) support to the Consortium targeted 423 communities across 34 districts for nearly four years.
Between September 2018 and March 2022, the BRCiS Consortium implemented one of the most adaptive and integrated resilience projects ever designed in Somalia. While the country experienced several shocks and stresses, the project worked to achieve five key outcomes by working hand-in-hand with participant communities. This report outlines the impact of BRCiS interventions and demonstrates the human experience of the impacted communities through five immersive narratives based on interviews and data.