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The Somalia NGO Consortium promotes information sharing, cooperation and joint advocacy initiatives amongst local and international NGOs working in Somalia and Somaliland through the following activities:

Provides a forum for and actively supports members to promote dialogue, collaboration, learning experiences and information exchange

Regularly shares information collectively and advise NGOs bilaterally

Represents Consortium members to governments, UN agencies, donor groups, and multilateral organisations at local, national, and international level.

Facilitates and supports advocacy initiatives, including raising public awareness of programming in Somalia, on behalf of the membership

Ensures synergy of Consortium objectives and activities with the NGO Safety Programme (NSP), providing specialised, coordinated and focused security management support to reduce risks posed to personnel and assets

Recent News

YEMEN CRISIS CONTINUES TO HAMPER HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

Since the beginning of April 2015, Somali refugees have been arriving into Somalia in unprecedented numbers. As at April 22nd 2015, about 2,272 Djiboutian, Ethiopian, Somali, Syrian and Yemeni nationals had arrived in Berbera (Somaliland) and Bossaso (Puntland). Puntland and Somaliland have scaled up relief services at aforementioned reception points for the fleeing refugees who continue to stream into Somalia. Violence in Yemen escalated in recent months as several parallel conflicts have expanded and intensified. [For more information on the Yemen Crisis, click to view]

Somalia’s livestock and fisheries sectors feel the effects of the Yemen Crisis. Yemen is situated on the Bab al-Mandav Strait, a waterway linking the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden, through which much of the world’s oil consignments pass (Including Saudi Arabia’s). Every year, millions of animals are exported through the ports of Berbera in Somaliland and Bossaso in Puntland. Both have established relative stability compared to the two decades of civil war that has ravaged southern and central Somalia. But since the conflict erupted in March, exportation of livestock has been halted. Livestock is the mainstay of the Somali economy, contributing 40 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Approximately $250 million is generated from the export of goats, sheep and camels to the Gulf countries annually. In a report released weeks ago by the Food and Agricultural organization (FAO), Somalia recorded one of its highest exports of livestock in a single year since the collapse of the central government in 1991 by transporting 5 million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia. [For more information, click to view]

DADAAB TO REMAIN OPEN

On April 11th 2015, the Government of Kenya announced that Dadaab refugee camps should be closed within three (3) months and the Somali refugees living in the camps should return to their country. [For more information click to view] The government’s decision was announced following the horrific attack at Garissa University that left 148 people killed. On May 4th 2015, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry visited UNHCR Representation in Kenya, Nairobi, accompanied by a delegation of senior officials from the US Government. During this visit, he expressed his utmost appreciation and respect for the work done by UNHCR in Kenya. He later announced an additional Sh4 billion ($45 million) for refugees programmes in Kenya, but requested the government to help stabilise Somalia first before refugees can return. It was also during this time that John Kerry visited Somalia, two decades after black hawk down debacle, [click to view for more information] making him the first secretary of state to visit the country particularly after the incident. This is viewed as a symbolic gesture in support of the African nation’s government and the United States’ readiness to move past a dark chapter in its history. Following the announcement of an additional Sh 4 billion, request to facilitate stabilisation of Somalia and international pressure, the Kenyan government has backtracked on plans to close down Dadaab [For more information click to view].

 


Who, What, Where

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Get up to date information about programmes running in Somalia by viewing our Who, What, Where map.

The interactive WWW map tracks operational presence in Somalia, and is meant to increase cooperation and coordination between the Consortium members and other organisations.

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