Goal: Providing emergency assistance to vulnerable communities across Somalia
Lead Organisation: Oxfam Novib
Organisations: Help a Child, SOS Children’s Villages, World Vision, Dawa, KAALO Aid and Development, SAACID, Social Life and Agricultural Development Organization, Save Somali Women and Children, Taakulo Somali Community, Vision Corps Initiative, Zamzam Foundation
Duration: January 1, 2022 –
December 31, 2023
In response to the protracted humanitarian crisis, the Somalia Joint Response (SOMJR) supports women, men, girls and boys affected by climate-related disasters and/or armed conflict. Four DRA members – Oxfam Novib, Red een Kind, SOS Children Villages and World Vision – provide life-saving and protection assistance, and support rebuilding of livelihoods.

Type of response:

Somalia faces some of the most severe humanitarian and development challenges in the world. Overall, an estimated 2.9 million people have been displaced internally, and a total of 7.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The main drivers of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia are conflict, drought and floods. Recurrent climatic shocks and conflict continue to diminish the resilience of communities, consequently depleting livelihood and coping mechanisms. Due to increased frequency of shocks, communities do not have sufficient time to recover.


The Dutch Relief Alliance response

The Somalia JR contributes to addressing gaps and needs in Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Protection and Multi-purpose Cash. The members together with their local partners provide an integrated response in 10 regions, addressing both emergency needs as well as providing medium-term livelihoods support. Considering Somalia’s complex protection crisis, protection is well-integrated in the design of the programme. Protection mainstreaming is done by all members, as well as stand-alone protection activities as part of the integrated approach. The Somalia JR targets both vulnerable IDPs and host community members, and special attention is given to the inclusion of vulnerable groups, including elderly, pregnant and lactating women, children under the age of five, and people with disabilities. The target communities include urban, agro-pastoral as well as pastoral communities in areas where IPC3+ conditions are confirmed. The following intervention are planned under the project:

  • Food Security and Livelihoods: 13,640 target beneficiaries. Interventions include agricultural support through providing seeds and farming tools, direct food assistance, establishment of small businesses for women, and fodder production
  • WASH: 172,074 target beneficiaries. Interventions include the distribution of hygiene kits and hygiene promotion, construction of latrines, construction and rehabilitation of water sources.
  • Health: 222,194 target beneficiaries. Interventions include the rehabilitation and maintenance of health facilities, provision of incentives for midwifes and 24/7 maternity services, provision of incentives for nurses, and procurement of essential medicines for mobile outreach teams.
  • Nutrition: 70,034 target beneficiaries. Interventions include the provision of nutrition supplies, treatment of children and screening for malnutrition in health centers, by outreach teams and community networks.
  • Protection: 42,172 target beneficiaries. Interventions include the distribution of dignity kits, training of protection volunteers and community awareness campaigns on for example the prevention of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, child rights and available services.
  • Multi-purpose Cash: 13,380 target beneficiaries. Interventions include Unconditional Cash Transfers and Conditional Cash Transfers (in the form of Cash-for-Work), provided through mobile money transfer.


Contact lead organisation Oxfam Novib
Nienke Hiemstra