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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. 

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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.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.

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Somaliland drought threatens pastoral communities
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Somaliland drought threatens pastoral communities

55-year old Amina comes from a long line of herders. Years of insufficient rainfall and climate change have put her work and family at risk, forcing them out of their home and way of life.

Somaliland elections: enforcing the right to vote for people with disabilities
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Somaliland elections: enforcing the right to vote for people with disabilities

On 13 November, voters in Somaliland elected their new president. Over a period of more than two years, Handicap International (HI) encouraged people with disabilities to participate in the electoral system. This inclusive elections initiative was implemented in six of the country’s regions and benefited some 300,000 people with disabilities.  

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Explosive weapons

African States against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

From 27th to 28th November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians. The Conference will take place in Maputo, Mozambique and aims to bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.


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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