Why are we in Somalia? Our programmes respond to the effects of natural disasters, such as drought and floods, as well as population displacements caused by conflict and ongoing insecurity. We work on emergency responses and also longer-term programmes that seek to build the resilience of affected communities.

*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Somalia. Find out more about our response here.

A humanitarian crisis driven by climate change and conflict

The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought since 1981. The drought has caused major water shortages and food insecurity fuelling high levels of displacement in Somalia.

UNICEF has estimated that 1.4 million Somali children are suffering from acute malnutrition as a result of the drought, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that by this summer 350,000 of the 1.4 million severely malnourished children in the country may perish if nothing is done to help them now. Over 3,500 cases of suspected measles have been reported in the first quarter of 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed elections in Somalia causing political instability and outbreaks of violence distracting from the major humanitarian crisis at hand. 

Latest achievements


Health and nutrition

Concern supports 22 fixed and mobile health centres in Somalia, providing out-patient consultations, treatment for malnutrition, antenatal and post-natal supports and childhood immunisations to over 378,000 patients in 2021. 


Cash transfers


Livelihood support

Children sitting on floor in circle
Grade 3 and 4 male students at Wilwal School participating celebration of WWD. Photo: Abdiwali Ali/Concern Worldwide
Man smiling at woman and holding International Women's Day poster
International Women's Day celebrations in Concern offices, Hargeisa, Somaliland. At the office the team gathered to discuss how they could #BreaktheBias at an individual level by challenging harmful traditional norms and calling out bias where they see it. Photo: by Abdiqani Moalim/Concern Worldwide
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A Somali woman walks to Concern's water truck to fill up her containers for her family in Odweyne in the Toghdeer district where water sources have dried up due to drought. Photo: Concern Worldwide
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Dead livestock in Qaranri. Photo: Yusuf Ibrahim Ali/Lifeline Gedo International/Concern Worldwide
Woman in yellow headscarf sitting behind bowl of food
Faadumo Maxamuud Caamir is a 70 years old woman who lives in Nafaqo village in Borama District. She has been living alone for almost 10 years where she cooks for herself, cleans and does everything she needs to survive. She built her ‘Aqal’ (a traditional Somali hut) herself, but Faadumo does not own the land and could be forced to move out at any time. “My life was difficult and I only waited for someone to bring me food to cook. I’ve two daughters and both are living in poor living conditions with large number of their own children” said by Faadumo. Faadumo was registered for the programme and receives cash instalments of $US 20 for duration of 12 months. This is help elderly persons to ease the economic strains resulting from COVID-19. Photo: Abdiaziz Ibrahim/Concern Worldwide

How we're helping Somalia

We respond to emergencies such as drought, floods and population displacements caused by conflict, climate change and ongoing insecurity, and we build resilience within communities to these shocks.

Responding to emergencies
Creating durable solutions
Strengthening resilience
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