Concern Worldwide’s Building Resilient Communities in Somalia programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), has been working to help communities withstand disasters since 2013. Drought in 2016, which has since escalated into a catastrophic nationwide food crisis, has posed a severe challenge to communities in our programme areas.
However, early indications are that our resilience work has been successful in reducing the impact of the drought and supported people to better adapt to extreme conditions. Moreover, our resilience programming has helped enable a faster and more effective humanitarian response. A ‘no regrets’ approach to early warning – based on probabilities of the scale of the disaster rather than certainties – has enabled us to provide support to communities months before conventional humanitarian actors.