Integrated intervention to save lives and restore livelihood in Somali region, Ethiopia

Contract partner: SOS-KDI - SOS Children's Villages International Country: Äthiopien Funding amount: € 300.000,00 Project start: 15.12.2018 End: 15.01.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

Improved protection, life-saving water supply, sanitation, hygiene use and food security for climate induced 29,635 IDPs and host communities in Somali Region.

Expected results

Result 1: 29,310 people use safe drinking water and sanitation facilities

Result 2: Improved protection and reduced gender based violence for 16,707 girls and women

Result 3: 29,310 people have restored critical productive household assets


Target group / Beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries are 29,635 vulnerable people from Internally Displaced People (IDP) or from their host communities in Adadle woreda, Somali region.

Indirect beneficiaries are the population of Adadle woreda counting 114,598 people.

The Project is implemented with SOS Children's Villages Austria (SOS Austria) and SOS Children's Villages Ethiopia (SOS Ethiopia), in Somali region, Shabelle zone, Adadle district (woreda).



Activities include:

- Water trucking for IDPs affected by AWD, 4 schools, 2 health clinics

- Construction of 2 Birkads (water harvesting structure)

- Rehabilitation of 2 shallow wells

- Provision of water treatment chemicals and hand water filter

- Construct 2 communal latrines in IDP sites

- Install handwashing facilities in 4 primary schools, 2 health clinics.

- Traning of trainers on protection principles to key government partners, humanitarian actors and staff

- Gender Based Violence (GBV) training for service providers and front line workers

- Awareness raising session on protection and GBV .

- Provide 2,000 goats to 200 women headed households

- Provide veterinary supplies & vaccination for 200,000 livestock

- Provide small scale business training and seed money for 50 youth and 50 women groups

- Provide food crop seeds to 50 riverine community members.



Since November 2016 Shabelle zone of Somali region has experienced the worst drought in more than 50 years. As a result of the failure of the weak gu (‘spring’) and dyer (‘fall’) rains, attributable to and exacerbated by the El Nino event, 1,016,166 internally displaced individuals are in need of emergency support in the Somali region. In the Shabelle zone the livelihoods of 85% of the population are linked to livestock production, which are under threat due to the extreme weather situation.

Since the drought emergency started, SOS Ethiopia has been implementing emergency initiatives in two regions (Oromia and Somali regions) where the emergency situation has taken its toll on the already poor and food insecure population. This project plans to build upon the results and achievements of the ongoing initiatives to ensure that no lives are lost and that the affected IDP and host communities are provided for critical survival needs and re-build their resilience. Adadle woreda is a district forgotten by NGOs and the government authorities have been requesting SOS Ethiopia to support with an urgent emergency response.

The project will address the following key problems: 1) a very low access to water for humans and animals as well as sanitation and hygiene practices in Adadle woreda, resulting in widespread waterborne diseases and loss of livestock, 2) increase of Gender based violence (GBV) and protection issues because of displacement and dependency for subsistence earning and 3) dwindling livelihood base, resulting from the high livestock mortality and distressed sale of livestock.


project number 2679-02/2018
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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