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East Africa & Great Lakes


DRC has been operational in Somalia since 1998 and is currently among the largest international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in the country, with country-wide programmes implemented through six main offices and nine sub-offices in South Central Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug regions. Somalia is vulnerable to extreme weather patterns and remains in a protection crisis where armed conflict, insecurity and natural disasters trigger the displacement of thousands of people.

07 Nov 2023

Partnership: Danish Refugee Council (DRC) enters partnership with Response Innovation Lab (RIL)

21 Jun 2023

Press Release: In 2022 DRC reached more than 19 million people with crucial assistance

24 Apr 2023

Somalia: DRC provides integrated emergency support to families displaced by conflict in Laascaanood

24 Apr 2023

‘‘My eye vision is no longer blurry,’’- the story of Batula, an IDP in Mogadishu

05 Apr 2023

Stories from the field: Interview with Gender Based Violence Sub-Sector Coordinator deployed to Mogadishu

06 Mar 2023

Women at the forefront to protect their livelihoods in Somalia

Displacement trends

Source: | DRC Foresight

Core sectors Somalia

Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management
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Understanding sectors for growth in Somaliland and economic opportunities for migrants

29 Feb 2024

Data initiative on sustainable energy solutions for displaced populations in Somalia

01 Dec 2023

Resilient Markets in Beledweyne At the Frontlines of Conflict and Climate Change

01 Nov 2023

Somalia: Integrated First Line Response (IFLR) – Operationalization Status Report #3, June & July 2023

31 Jul 2023

Somalia Flash Report #3 / Beletweyne flooding: one month later, needs remain high

30 Jun 2023

Flash Report: Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) outbreak in Belet Hawa

19 Jun 2023

Why we are there

DRC is present in Somalia to provide lifesaving emergency services during what is likely to be the most dramatic food insecurity situation of the 21st century.

DRC’s ability to access hard-to-reach areas and marginalised communities that have been excluded from humanitarian assistance is critical to ensure that the humanitarian response does not repeat the mistakes of the 2011/12 famine, which led to the death of over 260,000 people.

What we do

DRC has established a strong presence as an emergency drought response actor in Somalia, piloting a Rapid Response Mechanism in February 2022.

DRC has declared a Priority Emergency in the country to facilitate the scale-up of the emergency response and will focus on providing emergency, life-saving assistance in Mogadishu, Galkacyo, Dolow, Baidoa and Beletweyne.

DRC is implementing a phased, integrated approach, including multi-purpose cash assistance, water, sanitation and hygiene support, emergency shelter and non-food items and site management coordination.

The response is sequenced, with linkages to existing resilience programming whenever possible, and reaching those in remote/insecure locations in order to mitigate the risk of displacement.

Working in collaboration with

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development
World Food Programme
World Food Programme
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
UN Habitat
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Somalia Humanitarian Fund
The World Bank


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