Somalia

Why are we in Somalia? Our programmes respond to the effects of natural disasters, such as drought and floods, as well as population displacements caused by conflict and ongoing insecurity. We work on emergency responses and also longer-term programmes that seek to build the resilience of affected communities.

A humanitarian crisis driven by climate change and conflict

From 2016 to 2018, four successive below-average rainy seasons resulted in crop failure, widespread livestock deaths and loss of assets, thus causing large-scale population displacements, hunger and malnutrition. In 2018, unexpected heavy rains and cyclone Sagar led to widespread flooding and damage to infrastructure and shelter as well as an increase in water-borne disease.

Current estimates from UNOCHA put the number of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance at 4.2 million. In addition, there are two million internally displaced people across the whole of Somalia, out of a total population of approximately 12 million. A new Somali Federal Government was elected in 2017, and successful Presidential elections took place later the same year. Despite this progress, security remains a major challenge in parts of the country, resulting in instability and continued displacement.

Latest achievements

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Nutrition

In 2018, Concern provided over 51,000 nutrition consultations for children and adults; treated over 28,000 children and mothers for acute malnutrition; provided almost 5,000 antenatal check-ups; immunised over 1,300 children; and trained 88 community health workers.

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Cash transfers

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Livelihood support

Boys attend class at a school near Mogadishu. It was constructed and is run by Concern Worldwide. The school has some 1250 students. The school is totally free, Concern provide students with uniforms, books and education material. Photo: Marco Gualazzini / Concern Worldwide
Boys attend class at a Concern run school near Mogadishu. Photo: Marco Gualazzini / Concern Worldwide.
*Abshir's shop in a market near Mogadishu. It operates through the youth entrepreneurship group’s shop program, the owner receives training and support from Concern. Photo: Marco Gualazzini/ Concern Worldwide.
Abshir* receives training and support from Concern. Photo: Marco Gualazzini / Concern Worldwide.
Local women attend a meeting of their Self-Help Group. Photo: Marco Gualazzini/ Concern Worldwide.
Local women attend a meeting of their Self-Help Group. Photo: Marco Gualazzini / Concern Worldwide
A Somalian IDP camp with 183 households who Concern supports through cash transfers, emergency education and also provision of water and other WASH related activities. Photo: Marco Gualazzini/ Concern Worldwide.
Women collect water in a Concern supported IDP camp. Photo: Marco Gualazzini / Concern Worldwide.
Concern nutrition worker, Naima Islow, dispensing emergency therapeutic food to mother *Hani at an Outpatient Therapeutic Centre . Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab / Concern Worldwide.
Concern dispensing emergency therapeutic food. Photo: Mohamed Abdiwahab / Concern Worldwide.

How we're helping Somalia

We respond to emergencies such as drought, floods and population displacements caused by conflict and ongoing insecurity, and we build resilience within communities to these shocks.

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  • Our mission is to permanently transform the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

  • When an emergency strikes we are among the first on the ground.

  • We go to the ends of earth to deliver aid where it's needed most.

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