AAH Somalia projects target a variety of populations and cover the following areas:
Livelihoods/Self-Reliance: Project with refugees in Hargeisa, Somaliland (Daami, Huisbigar, Statehouse and Hera-Awar Districts). Activities include: support to development and strengthening of community structures and groups; training to promote groups savings and loans; business and entrepreneurship training and support to development of business plans; micro-enterprise grants and monitoring and support to businesses. Initially primarily focused on Ethiopian refugees many of whom had stayed in Somaliland for 10 years or more, the project has expanded activities to reach Yemeni refugees escaping the conflict there.
Logistics Support to UNHCR Somalia: AAH Somalia manages two warehouses in Mogadishu for UNHCR ensuring effective management of UNHCR supplies such as sleeping mats, cooking utensils, and even generators. These are picked up from the warehouse by other UNHCR implementing partners. The warehouse is managed according to UNHCR warehouse management standard operating procedures.
AAH-I Governance: AAH Somalia is governed by the AAH-I International Board and registered with the Federal Government of Somalia and with the Somaliland government. AAH Somalia is managed from the country office in Mogadishu, and has an office in Hargeisa, Somaliland. AAH Somalia is committed to supporting the people of Somalia to develop their communities and regions and especially to assisting the reintegration and sustainable return of Somalia returnees from Kenya and other neighboring countries. Our current focus areas include Food Security and Livelihoods, Health including WASH, and Civil Society Strengthening and Peace Building.
The project enhanced community self-management of beneficiaries by re-establishing functional legitimate leadership/management structures for 1,996 refugees and 6,821 asylum seekers. 50% of active female participants in leadership/management structures were trained and equipped with basic leadership, community mobilization and conflict resolution skills. A Market survey was conducted that informed programming for 2015 according to UNHCR Livelihoods framework 2014 – 2018. In 2015, the project will aim at expanding self-reliance among refugees including Yemenis, asylum seekers and urban poor through supporting capacity building in group formation, business and entrepreneurship skills training, promotion of internal saving and loaning and provision of business seed grants.
Achievements as of September 2015
AAH-I’s Livelihood and Self-Reliance Project has reached 4,163 persons through community awareness and sensitisation campaigns. We have supported 16 PoC (Persons of Concern) with numeracy and literacy skills and the formation of eight cooperative and other groups. Ahmed, one of the Yemeni refugees supported by AAH-I will be able to expand his agri-business thanks to the use of piping to expand the area that can be irrigated. Most vegetables in Somaliland are exported, and Ahmed is finding a ready market for his fresh local produce. Salim, another Yemeni refugee has used his business grant provided through AAH-I in partnership with UNHCR to set up a small business producing Yemeni incense and perfumed lotion – demand has already exceeded supply and he is confident he will be able to expand sales to other parts of Somalia.
In 2014, a total of 298,034 non-food items were dispatched to NGO partners. In 2015, warehouse management activities have been focusing on Mogadishu warehouses only. Critical actions in warehouse management include storage (ensuring goods do not deteriorate in the warehouse), safety management, repackaging, and dispatching and accountability measures.
Achievements as of September 2015
AAH-I is managing warehouses in Mogadishu, which are used to store basic items for refugees and returnees, including sleeping mats, cooking utensils and dignity kits for females. These items are ordered from the stores by other implementing partners. To date, AAH-I in Mogadishu has dispatched NFIs (Non Food Items) to UNHCR partners for use by 5,543 people in need. The team is now undertaking the end of year stock take.
The Somalia County Programme recently launched a community rehabilitation project in Elwak District, a three year project focusing on integrating WASH, food security and livelihoods interventions in El Wak District, Gedo region, South Central Somalia designed to improve food security and reduce hunger. The project has received initial funding from Bread for the World and is awaiting confirmation of longer-term funding through one of the initiatives of the German Government.
Achievements as of September 2015
AAH-I is completing the inception phase of its food security and livelihood project in El Wak District of Gedo Somalia. The project is funded by Bread for the World with support from the German Government’s One World, No Hunger Initiative and is implemented in partnership with NAPAD (Nomadic Assistance for Peace and Development). A security assessment and initial meetings with key stakeholders have taken place and community conversations have started. Southern Gedo is one of the most fragile parts of Somalia with continued presence of pockets of Islamic insurgents and a heavy reliance on livestock, which are affected by periodic drought. El Wak also sits on the border with Kenya and the populations are highly mobile with markets serving populations on both sides of the border. The project will focus on supporting households to develop coping strategies and to identify initiatives to promote livelihoods and self-reliance. The baseline assessment is underway despite the heavy rains in parts of the project area and this will set a firm basis for the project which runs up to June 2018
The project seeks to strengthen access to education and promote self-reliance among Yemeni refugees in Mogadishu, Somalia. It will aim at facilitating self-reliance and/or durable solutions for refugees and integration through Conditional Cash-based interventions (CBIs) provided by vetted Money Transfer Services (MTS). The CBI will be intended to support access to education and promote start-up of micro enterprises that promote self-reliance and amongst People of Concern (PoC).
Project seeks to strengthen access to education and promote self-reliance among Somali returnees in Mogadishu, Somalia. It will aim at facilitating self-reliance and/or durable solutions for returnees and re-integration through Conditional Cash-based interventions (CBIs) provided by vetted Money Transfer Services (MTS). CBIs will be intended to support access to education and promote start-up of micro enterprises that promote self-reliance and amongst the People of Concern (PoC).