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Fighting against famine in Somalia

UNDP provides long-term development solutions on an on-going basis, which address the root causes of vulnerability to climate shocks, build resilience, and break the cycle of recurrent humanitarian need and emergency response. UNDP is supporting the Somali Government’s work to bolster the resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems to climate change, through support for national and state disaster response mechanisms, Government and civil society-led drought response initiatives and longer-term solutions to protracted and recurrent crises.

Fast facts

UNDP tirelessly works in Somalia to strengthen national and regional institutions' ability to respond to vulnerable communities' needs, and to urgently avert the risk of famine. In particular, UNDP supported the new Federal Government of Somalia in preparing a National Development Plan—the first in more than 30 years—in which climate change and disaster resilience are key priorities.

STRENGTHENING DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTIONS

  • UNDP strengthens the coordination and information management capacity of two regional state disaster management bodies by deploying nationally recruited specialists and covering operational costs.
  • UNDP is helping set up disaster management institutions in four states—Galamduug, South West, HirShabelle, and Jubbaland—to facilitate long-term disaster risk management and resilience to climate shocks. 

LIFE-SAVING WATER FACILITIES

  • UNDP supported the Somali Government to immediately deliver water to 6,500 vulnerable households in drought-affected communities. 
  • UNDP helped the regional Ministry of Environment in Puntland build a main water reservoir, which provides to 15,000 pastoralists and their livestock water storage for four months.
  • In partnership with local NGOs, UNDP rehabilitated water catchment facilities in Puntland, benefitting 650 households. 

IMPROVED ENVIRONMENT IN IDP CAMPS

  • In partnership with a local humanitarian actor, UNDP provided primary environmental and clean-up care in camps for internally displaced people living in camps in Baidoa, South West state, benefitting 984 households.

SOLAR PANELS IN CHOLERA TREATMENT CENTRE

  • Solar panels previously supplied by UNDP have met 75% of energy needs in the main treatment centre for more than 2,000 cholera patients in Baidoa.