Resources for Somali organisations
Diaspora Focal Point for humanitarian coordination in Somalia
The Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia has designated a dedicated Diaspora Focal Point to build partnerships and connect with diaspora organisations to enhance humanitarian coordination among all relevant stakeholders, including government and cluster/sector coordination structures, and across regions in Somalia.
The Focal Point plays a critical role in functioning as an entry point and building relations between the humanitarian system and diaspora organisations/communities, so humanitarian coordination leads to effective humanitarian response. DEMAC is working closely with the Diaspora Focal Point and provides support when needed.
Mustafa M. Omer
Humanitarian Liaison Officer
Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General,
Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, UNDP Resident Representative
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has mobilized and coordinated humanitarian efforts in Somalia since 1999 and aims to ensure a well-coordinated, effective and principled inter-agency humanitarian response. By providing a coherent approach to humanitarian action in Somalia, OCHA helps to avoid duplication of aid response and maximize resources.
OCHA has an office in Nairobi and Mogadishu and sub-offices in Baidoa, Bossaso, Dhobley, Doolow, Gaalkacyo, Garowe and Hargeysa. It is also present in Belet Weyne and Kismayo. The annual budget for OCHA Somalia for 2016 is US$10.1 million.
OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat and is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA's mission is to:
- Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies.
- Advocate for the rights of people in need.
- Promote preparedness and prevention.
- Facilitate sustainable solutions.
Somalia NGO Consortium
The Somalia NGO Consortium is a voluntary coordination mechanism of NGOs for NGOs: given the highly insecure environment, the complexity of the operating environment and the large numbers of agencies working in Somalia, a coordinated voice is critical to successfully conduct development and humanitarian aid in Somalia.
The NGO Consortium maintains its presence through its offices in Hargeisa, Garowe, Mogadishu and Nairobi.
The reach of our services greatly extends beyond the immediate membership. We also work closely with INSO Somalia (formerly NSP and SPAS) in providing support to International and National NGOs so as to facilitate their safe and secure operations in Somalia / Somaliland.
Mapping platform to assist the relief responders connect with Somalia's drought victims
Crisis mapping system for Somalia Abaaraha was launched by a group of volunteers, in order to assist the relief responders connect with drought victims.
The platform collects data from wide range of sources including social media, and has established tools and approaches to assess the accuracy and relevance of incoming crowd-sourced reports via text, e-mail, photo, video and social media reports.
Abaaraha platform provides vital information at no cost to any relief responder so they can render aid faster and more effectively. All the information published in the mapping system are verified by different sources.