Years of conflict and fragility have left Somalia facing a wide array of humanitarian and developmental challenges. Rapid population growth continues to run ahead of the economy’s capacity to generate jobs, and levels of acute poverty and vulnerability remain extremely high. At 67 percent, youth unemployment remains one of the highest in the world.

COVID-19 has heavily impacted Somalia’s informal economy, based on remittances, foreign imports and agriculture. Women-owned businesses were especially hard-hit, with 98 percent reporting reduced revenue, reflecting gender inequalities in the country. Like other countries across the Horn of Africa, Somalia’s dependence on agriculture makes it deeply vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Climatic shocks, combined with armed conflict and displacement leave almost half the population in need of humanitarian assistance.

ACTED has been present in Somalia since 2009 delivering life-saving assistance coupled with recovery efforts and resilience programming. Coordination offices are in Nairobi and Hargeisa, whilst ACTED also has four bases in Baidoa, Kismayo, Bardera and Badhan. ACTED implements in several sectors with a strong focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihoods support (FSL) and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM).


ACTED in Somalia

Our achievements of 2019...

WASH Beneficiaries
Beneficiaries of Food Security and Livelihood Assistance

In Somalia, ACTED addresses the humanitarian needs in order to improve the living conditions of affected populations through the implementation of resilience and recovery interventions. This includes the provision of multi-purpose cash assistance to vulnerable households to improve household’s ability to meet basic needs.

ACTED also addresses WASH needs by facilitating the construction and rehabilitation of WASH assets including boreholes, shallow wells, and latrines as well as conducting hygiene promotion activities.

Within WASH interventions ACTED leverages public private partnerships to ensure the sustainability of water infrastructure programming. Moreover, ACTED conducts CCCM for the purpose of improving the living conditions of IDP communities through rehabilitation of shelters, provision of non-food items, and emergency shelter kits as well as to ensure IDPs live in safe, dignified, and secure shelters through site maintenance activities. A focus of ACTED’s CCCM work is towards durable solutions for the 2.9 million IDPs in Somalia. Lastly, ACTED implements project that aimed to strengthen food security through regenerative agriculture.

Maryan Abdi Ibrahim, a displaced mother works as a tailor inside her shop in Dalxiska IDP camp in the outskirts of Kismayo,
Hamdi Ahmed, an internally displaced mother with her kid on the back, fetches water from a water kiosk.
Sahra Mohamed Ahmed sells vegetables to a customer at her kiosk in Via Afmadow market in Kismayo, Somalia.
Borehole drilling in Talex, Sool region
A site visit during a service delivery monitoring in Hargeisa IDP sites.
179The communities of Liban IDP fetching water from the water kiosk
Fire Safety Training – Burao District

Rapid Needs Assessment Report

October 2019

Baidoa Floods Rapid Needs Assessment

Rapid Needs Assessment Report

October 2019

Bardera Floods Rapid Needs Assessment



January 2019

FSL and WASH brief


January 2019

STREAM Resilience Strategy 2019-2021


December 2017

Presentation of ACTED's activities in Somalia


September 2017

Building Resilience through Social Safety Nets