Providing emergency assistance to vulnerable communities across Somalia

In response to the protracted humanitarian crisis, the Somalia Joint Response (SOMJR) supports women, men, girls and boys affected by natural disasters and/or conflict. Four DRA members - Dorcas, Oxfam Novib, SOS Children Villages and World Vision - provide life-saving and protection assistance, and support rebuilding of livelihoods.

Contact - Oxfam Novib

Joint response lead

Nienke Hiemstra

T: +31 (0)70 3421 845



Somalia faces some of the most severe humanitarian and development challenges in the world. At the moment, 2.6 million people are displaced and a total of 5.4 million people are food insecure. The main drivers of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia are conflict, drought and floods. Recurrent climatic shocks and conflict continue to diminish the resilience of communities, consequently depleting livelihood and coping mechanisms. Due to increased frequency of shocks, communities do not have sufficient time to recover.


The Somalia JR contributes to addressing gaps and needs in Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Protection and Multi-purpose Cash. The members provide an integrated response in 10 districts across 5 regions, addressing both emergency needs as well as providing medium-term livelihoods support. Considering Somalia’s complex protection crisis, protection is well-integrated in the design of the programme. Protection mainstreaming is done by all members, as well as stand-alone protection activities as part of the integrated approach. The SOMJR targets both vulnerable IDPs and host community members, and special attention is given to the inclusion of vulnerable groups, including elderly, pregnant and lactating women, children especially under five and people with disabilities.

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