Enhancing resilience in Somalia

10.12.12

Category: Africa, Horn of Africa, Relief work

A long term and visionary strategy, sufficient funding and concerted efforts by Somali and international aid agencies – these are key ingredients in future support to help Somalia recover from decades of complex humanitarian crisis and to regain resilience.

The appeal for USD 1.3 billion for 2013 is first step of the three year strategy proposed to address immediate humanitarian needs in Somalia. This was presented at an event in Mogadishu when the Humanitarian Appeal for Somalia was launched this week.

Today, after more than 20 years of armed conflict, repeated droughts, famine, floods, and extreme poverty – the security situation is slowly improving in parts of the country while the population is struggling to get back on its feet.

Small signs of improvement for the affected people of Somalia are appearing but there is a long way ahead to recover and ensure that people in need gain resilience to cope with insecurity and natural hazards such as drought. Danish Refugee Council is among the humanitarian agencies counted on to deliver, not only by governments and international donors, but also by the Somali people throughout the region.

“The crisis is far from over – there is still a crucial need to save lives in Somalia where 3.8 million people are either in need of urgent humanitarian aid or require support to prevent them slipping back into emergency conditions. Danish Refugee Council is delivering crucial emergency aid, often with a short notice, to those in need in many areas of Somalia. At the same time, we also work to expand our longer-term engagements with Somali communities to strengthen their resilience and improve livelihoods,” says Heather Amstutz, director for the Danish Refugee Council’s activities in Somalia. Danish Refugee Council has been working in support of refugees in the region since 1995, and works in Somalia through 17 field bases located in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that out of the 3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance,  2.1 million are unable to meet their basic needs, and that among these most vulnerable 1.1 million people who remain internally displaced.

Read the OCHA press release:
Somalia Humanitarian Appeal launched for the first time in Mogadishu (PDF 86KB)

Download:
SOMALIA - Consolidated Appeal 2013-2015 (PDF 5MB)

See video:
Strengthening Resilience in Somalia (external link)

 
 
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The crisis is far from over – there is still a crucial need to save lives in Somalia where 3.8 million people are either in need of urgent humanitarian aid or require support to prevent them slipping back into emergency conditions. Danish Refugee Council is delivering crucial emergency aid, often with a short notice, to those in need in many areas of Somalia. At the same time, we also work to expand our longer-term engagements with Somali communities to strengthen their resilience and improve livelihoods.

Heather Amstutz,
director for the Danish Refugee Council’s activities in Somalia