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HI started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation centre in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland is to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of people with disabilities at local and national level. 

HI Somaliland

Humanity & Inclusion Somaliland | © C. Smets-Luna / HI

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In 2017 when severe droughts occurred, HI was present with reduced activities in Hargeisa for an inclusive elections project. The worsening situation due to drought called for an adapted response. The organization decided to respond to the crisis along two axes: inclusion mainstreaming for NGOs working on the humanitarian response, and stimulative therapy for malnourished children.

HI Mogadishu is also implementing two projects, all focusing on promoting inclusive humanitarian action. One of the project titled “Protection, psychosocial emergency aid and referrals to others lifesaving services for most at risk displaced and host population” has invested in sensitizing and raising awareness on inclusive humanitarian action through the clusters, such as WASH and protection. The other project is a partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC), and it is titled “Reducing risks and saving lives of crisis affected households through inclusive and integrated community-based emergency response in Somalia”. The role of HI is to support DRC to be more inclusive, specifically working in three streams: MEAL processes, WASH and Protection sectors.

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Situation of the country

Endemic inter-clan fighting for control of land, pasture or water sources, a phenomenon intensified during drought conditions, also continues to lead to the displacement of civilians. Insecurity also drives displacement and heightens humanitarian needs. Protracted internal displacement situation in Somalia has also led to loss of social protection network. Many have been displaced from their homes for decades, are marginalized and at risk of forced evictions, discrimination and pervasive exploitation and abuse. Female headed households within internally displaced communities are particularly vulnerable and often have limited access to justice, services and assistance, including medical care and psycho-social support. Children are especially vulnerable to various forms of abuse, including Harmful Traditional Practices like female genital mutilation (and forced and early marriage but also family separation, child labor and forced recruitment into armed groups.

It should be noted that Somaliland is more socially homogeneous than Somalia or indeed most other African states (and greater homogeneity tends to mean higher levels of trust between citizens).

Number of HI staff members: 73

Date the programme opened: 1992

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