Improving living conditions in the new settlements of Kismayo
Title: Food security by strengthening resilience in the new settlements of Kismayo
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation
Overall term: 2017 to 2022
A long period of drought and civil-war like confrontations in Somalia are threatening the livelihoods of some 2.7 million people. Since its liberation from the Islamist Al-Shabab movement, the coastal town of Kismayo has become a place of refuge for people from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. As a result, in the past few years the town’s population has doubled from 150,000 to 300,000.
In response to this, the international community built two new settlements on the outskirts of Kismayo. In late 2017, the first returnees, internally displaced people and other needy locals moved into the settlements. However, the houses have no water supply. Furthermore, the people need jobs, education and health care. Currently, more than 12,000 people are living in the new settlements.
The livelihoods of the people in the new settlements in Kismayo are improved.
Together with representatives of the new settlements, the project is prioritising the necessary measures to improve people’s livelihoods, and first and foremost supporting the elders (village chiefs) in their function as coordinators. In addition, the project is working closely with the regional water ministry to reinforce its coordinating and regulating role. The focus here is on creating a water agency for the new settlements which makes water available at central water kiosks at regulated prices. These transparently generated revenues enable the water agency to finance itself.
The project is furthermore supporting the population with training measures geared to labour-market needs, as well as supporting business start-ups and helping existing micro and small enterprises to expand. In addition, it is assisting the (re)construction of social infrastructure, such as a health centre and access roads. This creates temporary income opportunities and will help reduce household expenditure in the long term. The project is also helping to increase the population’s knowledge about more nutritious foods and supporting efforts to grow suitable food.
Last update: July 2021