Almost half of Somalia’s population (4.9 million people) is currently in need of life-saving and livelihood support. Despite some progress in the stabilisation and governability of the country, the armed conflict between clans, several regional governments and the central government, as well as the armed opposition group Al Shabaab, continues to trigger food insecurity, displacement, epidemics and deaths for the Somalia population. This has resulted in 1.1 million people internally displaced; outbreaks of cholera, hepatitis and typhoid; more than 800,000 people in a state of acute food insecurity; as well as almost 60,000 children under five years of age suffering from severe acute malnourishment.

This is further exacerbated by the effects of extreme weather conditions, such as the recent El Niño phenomenon, which was one of the strongest on record and which resulted in floods in some parts of the country and droughts in others. 

Restricted humanitarian access continues to affect the provision of assistance to affected people in major parts of south and central Somalia, and the majority of field-based aid workers are national staff. At the same time, access to humanitarian training for aid workers and organisations is limited by the security situation, further exacerbated by the lack of funding - or simply because no training and capacity-building institutions are available locally. 

RedR's Response

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Somalia, RedR has been assisting local and international NGOs across different sectors.

On behalf of the Somalia WASH Cluster, RedR UK carried out a capacity-building assessment and scoping study among WASH Cluster members, principally national-based NGOs. This included not just remote data collection, but also conducting consultative workshops and field visits in Somalia. The aim of the study was to develop a framework to build the capacity of WASH agencies in Somalia.

RedR UK has also provided support to the Nutrition Cluster in Somalia through the provision of Adult Learning Training of Trainers (ToTs), working with UNICEF partner organisations and UNICEF zonal staff. Participants were trained in participatory adult learning approaches and methodology, and supported to adapt their learning expertise and techniques to their own local context. Additionally, RedR UK worked with UNICEF staff to produce key adult learning resources suitable for Somali contexts.