In Somalia, decades of insecurity, and environmental and man-made disasters have resulted in a protracted humanitarian crisis and the internal displacement of 2.9 million people. Assisting the displaced, who face a myriad of destabilizing issues, including repeated evictions, limited access to basic services and rights, as well as inadequate housing, requires longer term solutions to enhance integration. Only by aiming for durable solutions can we enhance more self-reliance and avoid repeated humanitarian interventions for displacement affected communities at great costs.
The Danwadaag Durable Solutions Consortium is made up of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM, the lead agency), Concern Worldwide, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS).
Sustainable Livelihoods Opportunities for Displacement Affected Communities
In Somalia’s urban areas, livelihoods are typically earned through self-employment and micro or small businesses in the informal sector, rather than through waged
employment. This is exacerbated by a lack of formal documentation and access to financial services, seeing families depend on informal mechanisms for savings and crisis response.
Danwadaag Consortium focuses on the specific economic context of the targeted communities and fosters strategic linkages to larger economic development programmes. Danwadaag's multi-sectoral livelihoods activities aim at improvinf financial inclusion and increasing household level income and asset bases to improve food security at household level and enhance self-reliance at community level. The focus lies on displaced affected persons and specificaly youth and women as the highest priority group to be empowered with skills, knowledge and connections into the business sector.
The strategic priorities of Danwadaag's livelihoods approach are:
- Improve capabilities and enhance asset base for vulnerable IDP women and youth for market-based livelihoods to supplement and stabilise household income.
- Create sustainable business and employment opportunities through private sector engagement to stimulate market systems plus linkages to create viable livelihood pathways for displaced women and youth in Baidoa, Kismayo and Afgooye.
- Increase the 'agency of women' to foster inclusive economic opportunities for girls and women in IDP settings for equitable participation in business and gainful employment.