1. The livelihood, returns and re-integration project

The Livelihoods, Returns and Re-integration Project (LRRP) is a project funded by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and IOM and implemented by SOYDAVO. The project addresses to undertake to the provision of services for the improved access to persons of concern for protection and assistance upon arrival for Somali Returnees and migrants fleeing the Yemen crisis. This is regardless of their migratory status and to ensure that they can enjoy a dignified stay in the country with access to basic services and freedom of movement. The project’s aim is to support returnees to access effective services, socio-economic and livelihood opportunities that foster sustainable re-integration, peaceful co-existence and local economic development. The project started on September 2016 and will end March 2016.


Though arrivals from Yemen in Somalia, including Yemeni refugees and Somali returnees, received assistance at the ports of entry, such as medical assistance, they are still lacking reliable livelihoods such as shelter, food and water, core relief items, and basic services including health care, water and sanitation facilities, hygiene promotion, nutrition screening and treatment, and psychosocial support.

Therefore, SOYDAVO with IOM assistance will serve by providing livelihood and resilience building activities such as cash grants provision, business entrepreneurship trainings and community committee development to create referral mechanisms in place.


The target groups are predominantly the most vulnerable groups (with a focus on women, widows, children, poor families, elder people and people with special needs/disability) from Somali returnees, migrants from Yemen crises and host communities for the project geographical area, in Hargeisa, Burao and Berbera towns. SOYDAVO’s Livelihoods Returnees and Re-integration Project (LRRP) in Togdheer, Maroodijeeh and Sahil regions is designed to enhance and improve the livelihood status of 130 direct Household beneficiaries (40 for Hargeisa, 20 for Berbera and 70 for Buroa)

2. The Self Help Group Project

The Self Help Group (SHG) Project is an innovative project launched by SOYDAVO in Burao, Togdheer region in November 2013 and funded by Kinder Not Helf –KNH organization through the Nafis Network. The SHG’s approach seeks to empower women groups’ from low income and vulnerable families in Somali’s community toward mutual economic social and political development. This bottom-up model is builds on peoples’ existing capabilities and designed to spearhead the empowerment of vulnerable households.


The SHG’s approach focuses on three key elements of the daily life of those vulnerable families: economic, social and political empowerment.


  • In term of economic development, the approach seeks to create among the SHG’s members: mutual trust, active participation in group activities and mutual responsibility among group members.
  • In term of social development, the approach seeks to initiate affinity, trust among group members and active participation in social issues.
  • In term of political empowerment, the approach seeks to unite the voice of vulnerable families, create independency, involvement and accountability with community leaders and service providers.