EU Restore - Strengthening the Resilience of Communities in Puntland and Somaliland
Households and communities in Somalia must adapt and diversify their livelihoods and asset bases in order to cope effectively during both the ever-harsher dry seasons and acute episodes of drought. To provide beneficiaries with a multi-year food security and livelihood program, the SomReP4 Consortium’s approach builds on previous experience in dealing with these shocks and stresses, and explicitly designs programme components to promote the existing local adaptive capacity of households and communities, while building institutional capacity, strengthening the natural resource base and preventing loss of lives and livelihoods through early action.
The SomReP consortium members (CARE, DRC, ADRA, Oxfam) and local partner Shaqodoon propose a joint strategy: 1) Empowering communities and supporting community groups, such as Village Development Committees (VDCs), Early Warning Early Action Committees (EWEACs), Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), and Water Management Committees (WMCs), in effective and sustainable community development and contingency planning, including restoring productive assets and social protection mechanisms; 2) Capacity building and support to government agencies and line ministries to effectively work with communities to enable them to respond to the current drought and prepare for future hazards and to enhance the management and governance of natural resources; 3) Enhancing livelihood restoration and diversification for pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and peri-urban youth through adoption of agricultural technologies, livestock support, value chains, entrepreneurship and marketable skills, and access to financial facilitative instruments.
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development