The DRC/DDG Somalia Programme is the largest programmes in East Africa region. 

DRC/DDG is among the INGOs with the largest presence in Somalia, with country-wide programmes implemented through six main sub offices in Somaliland, Puntland, Hirran Region, Gedo Region, Bay Region and Banadir Region.  Because we are there, DRC/DDG is able to respond rapidly and flexibly to recurrent crises and the needs of Somalis who are affected by humanitarian crises.

DRC/DDG supports refugees, migrants, internally displaced populations and other persons affected by crises in both urban and rural settings.  DRC/DDG implements activities in Somalia in the following sectors: WASH, Shelter and Non Food Items (NFIs), Protection, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR).

In Protection, the key programme components include Gender Based Violence (GBV) protection and response, child protection, mixed migration, programming and provision of assistance to IDP and refugee voluntary returns. 

In WASH, the key areas include provision of water, sanitation facilities and hygiene awareness and promotion.  Shelter programme focus on construction of emergency, semi-permanent and permanent shelters and sanitation facilities.

Food Security & Livelihoods focuses on the building and rehabilitation of communal assets through cash for assets, vocational skills training and small micro business targeting women headed households.  In addition, DRC supports farmers with agricultural inputs and training in the use of drought tolerance crops.

Mine Action operations are based on the Ottawa Convention’s Five Pillars of Mine Action, namely; Clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance, Mine Risk Education, Victim Assistance, Advocacy and Stockpile destruction.  All work is executed according to the highest technical standards, security considerations and with respect for community priorities.

Armed Violence Reduction operations are based on the Geneva Declaration of Armed Violence and Development and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Armed Violence Lens, which depicts the essence of the elements and levels that shape patterns of armed violence.  

Since, 2013, DRC/DDG Somalia has been implementing a resilience programme through the Somalia Resilience Program (SomRep) comprised of seven international organizations in different regions in the country with the objective of improving household resilience to drought and other related risks.  This is done through training, building of community infrastructure and government institutional structures and provision of start-up capital to women’s groups to enable them to build marketable businesses, and also through training and equipping animal health workers.  See more on

From 2018 to 2020, DRC/DDG Somalia will be implementing a DANIDA funded project focusing on Durable Solutions.  The Project “Promoting Durable Solutions through Integrated Return, Reintegration and Resilience Support to Somali Displacement-Affected Populations”, will facilitate successful (re)integration/retrun of IDP communities in Somalia by ensuring physical, material and legal safety is achieved through a combination of protection, livelihoods and basic needs programming coupled with an emphasis on governance and a strong knowledge management and research component.

DRC/DDG is also a member of the Somalia Return Consortium (SRC) whose aim is to facilitate voluntary and return of IDPs and refugees to their areas of origin in Somalia.

To improve accountability and dialogue with beneficiaries, DRC/DDG has been managing an innovative SMS project in Somalia since 2011.  The SMS feedback system allows for communication with recipients of aid in difficult accessible areas.  DRC/DDG is exploring ways of further expanding use of this tool to enhance accountability, transparency and dialogue in Somalia.