ACTED is supporting man-made and natural disasters-affected populations in Somalia by delivering emergency aid and strengthening their resilience. Somalia has been experiencing recurrent humanitarian crisis for more than 20 years; ACTED teams have been deployed for over 10 years with ongoing relief programming being carried out in the North as well as in the South (Lower Juba, Bay, Sanaag and Gedo Regions), with a coordination office in Mogadiscio and a supporting team in Nairobi (Kenya). Projects are designed according to the populations’ needs and include activities related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and livelihoods, lifesaving cash transfer programmes, camp coordination and camp management, as well as shelter and non-food items activities.

Mission context

Somalia has been experiencing a complex humanitarian crisis for more than two decades, with socio-economic, political and environmental factors leading to widespread conflict, drought, and other recurrent human and natural disasters. 6.2 million people  need humanitarian assistance in Somalia and more than 3.1 million people  are food insecure (as of January 2018). The ongoing conflict continues to have a detrimental impact on people’s lives across the country, resulting in massive displacement and serious disruption of basic services. Over two million people in Somalia are now displaced, more than one million of whom fled their homes in 2017 alone.

The prevailing insecurity across many parts of Somalia has restricted humanitarian access, making it harder for aid agencies to reach those most in need. Nearly two million people are estimated to be living in hard to-reach, conflict-affected, rural areas in Southern and Central Somalia, and in the contested Sool and Sanaag regions in the North. The presence of armed non-state actors and active fighting severely hinders safe humanitarian access in these areas. With limited access to life-saving assistance, crisis-affected communities are disproportionally affected by food insecurity, malnutrition, disease outbreaks and inadequate water, hygiene and sanitation services. Disease outbreaks such as acute watery diarrhea, cholera, and measles continue to be the cause of many preventable deaths across the country, with poor hygiene and sanitation conditions in displacement sites exacerbating the risks, especially for displaced families. Malnutrition rates are rising and have reached emergency levels in some locations, especially among those who have been displaced. An estimated 388,000 children are acutely malnourished and in need of critical nutrition support. Global acute malnutrition levels stand at 17.4% throughout the country, well above emergency thresholds.

ACTED in Somalia

ACTED has been working in Somalia for more than 10 years, to provide essential humanitarian assistance to people affected by both man-made and natural disasters. The NGO implements programmes in the Lower Juba, Bay, Sanaag and Gedo Regions of Somalia, providing integrated multi-sectoral responses to humanitarian crises. This includes activities related to water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and livelihoods, camp coordination and camp management, as well as shelter and non-food items activities. As a core element of this integrated approach to emergency response, ACTED implements lifesaving cash transfer programmes, which improve existing community assets and increase the income of households affected by disasters.

In 2017, ACTED reached 168,099 beneficiaries in Somalia, providing essential humanitarian assistance and supporting resilience building.

Resilience programmes are also essential to ACTED’s response in Somalia. These projects have a core focus on building flexibility and strengthening the recovery capacities of affected populations, supporting them recover from shocks and crises in ways that preserve their integrity, and do not exacerbate their vulnerability. Through the STREAM (Somalia Resilience Action) consortium, ACTED and its partners are piloting an innovative social safety net scheme for disaster-affected communities in Kismayo and Lower Juba, to support communities to absorb, recover, and transform in the face of shocks and stresses. As with all ACTED programmes in Somalia, community ownership and participation of these projects and processes is essential.

ACTED’s commitment to reach the most vulnerable communities, through targeted, needs-oriented programmes has enabled the organization to establish a strong presence in some of the most remote and inaccessible areas of Somalia. In these complex environments, ACTED has built relationships and trust with communities and key stakeholders, enabling the teams to reach the most vulnerable households in a participatory and locally led way. ACTED is firmly committed to the local agenda, and supports local authorities and NGOs in Somalia to ensure genuine local participation at all levels of development and disaster management.

Current projects

Integrated Emergency Support to IDP Populations in Sanaag through CCCM, WASH, Protection and Shelter Interventions

Providing access to sustained WASH services for vulnerable populations in Sool and Sanaag regions

Durable Solutions for Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons

Drought Recovery – Agricultural Inputs
Distribution Project

Support for severely drought-affected populations to facilitate the early recovery of livelihoods and improve access to WASH services and adequate hygiene

Appui au systèmes d’évaluation initiale des besoins en Somalie (SIRNA) et à l’évaluation conjointe des besoins multi-clusters (JMCNA) d’OCHA

Assistance d’urgence aux populations du Puntland affectées par la sécheresse

Addressing immediate food and water, sanitation and hygiene needs of drought affected populations in Somalia

Food Security Support to Crisis Affected Households in Buurhakaba District

Building Resilience through Social Safety Nets

Emergency intervention to boost rapid economic recovery and improve WASH and to strengthen humanitarian information management and response capacity



December 2017

Presentation of ACTED's activities in Somalia


September 2017

Building Resilience through Social Safety Nets
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