Norwegian Church Aid in Somalia
- Been here since: 1993 (Also supported in 1983-1986)
- Money spent in 2016: 50.5 million NOK
Somalia is one of our Economic Empowerment programme intervention areas. In 2016, we assisted 2,316 people, including women and vulnerable youth and reached 1.5 million people through the media.
Our work in Somalia focuses on the right to water and health education, and economic empowerment.
Somalia Emergency Response
Somalia is the only country in Africa in which the population has a common language and religion and who are ethnically and culturally homogeneous.
Somaliland, in the north of Somalia, declared full independence in 1991, while Puntland became semi- autonomous in 1998. Yet, the over two decades of conflict, violence, and natural disasters have triggered repeated waves of displacement and humanitarian disasters including droughts, cyclones, and floods.
Read about our 2011-2014 results in Somalia
Norwegian Church Aid has been active in Somalia since 1993, first in Gedo region and later in Mogadishu. We have been working in Puntland since the Tsunami of 2004. We currently operate in Gedo, Punt- land, Banadir, and Lower Shebelle.
For 2016-2020, Norwegian Church Aid Somalia focuses on four programme areas that will positively impact local communities.
Water, sanitation and hygiene: Norwegian Church Aid provides the most vulnerable people with access to safe and sustainable drinking water. We have adopted various strategies such as rainwater harvesting, construction and rehabilitation of strategic water sources such as piped boreholes, shallow wells and ‘Berkad’. Sanitation and Hygiene is an equally important component of our programme. We promote improved sanitation and hygiene practices and provide access to sanitation facilities to prevent waterborne diseases.
Economic Empowerment: Norwegian Church Aid seeks to strengthen poor communities –particularly women – with opportunities to gain employment. We work with vulnerable youth to give them alternative livelihood that is sustainable in the long term. We do this through vocational and business trainings. We also help create market access by providing physical market space to riverine farmers, agro pastoralists and fishing communities.
Education for Sustainable Development: Access to education is a strong stabilizing factor for the young population of Somalia. Norwegian Church Aid prioritizes increasing access to quality primary and secondary education through the construction and rehabilitation of classrooms, as well as provision of sanitation facilities for boys and girls in schools. We also work to reduce retention of school children, with a focus on the girl child, by mobilizing parents and making them aware about the importance of education.
Protection against Gender Based Violence: Norwegian Church Aid’s gender based violence program aims to create a society where women, men, boys and girls enjoy lives free from gender based violence and Female Genital Mutilation. We work towards this by engaging religious and traditional leaders, local authorities and the community as a whole. This helps communities to be well positioned to denounce the practice and take action on their own. In emergency settings, we provide support to survivors of gender based violence to access medical and psychological support.
Coordination through the ACT Alliance
Norwegian Church Aid is a member of ACT Somali Forum and is a founding member of the forum which brings together the various ACT members that are involved in Somalia.
Norwegian Church Aid also coordinates its’ work with UN clusters, sector working groups, Government bodies, sister organisations, and community structures.