SomReP’s strategy over the past 5 years has focused on developing a comprehensive livelihood program with activities designed firstly, to assist households and communities to recover from the initial effects of drought, secondly, to work with the beneficiary population in planning to mitigate the effects of future droughts and infrastructural rehabilitation of productive assets to provide a foundation for future economic growth, and, thirdly, to equip the beneficiary population with skills, training, livelihood inputs and income generating opportunities to better position them as successful actors in more developed economic growth activities. Concurrent to these activities, SomReP has been working with institutions responsible for enabling governance mechanisms to ensure contingency and development plans are aligned with planning instruments at all levels of government. In addition, SomReP has started the process of reviewing the policies that enable or impede growth and development with a view to ensuring that policy and regulatory frameworks are in place to create an enabling environment for drought mitigation strategies and
eventual economic growth.
The intended outcomes from the program activities from this first phase are aligned to creating the capacities within the beneficiary population to enhance the resilience of these same communities and households. These activities are aligned with government priorities outlined in the National Development Plan and Recovery & Resilience Framework.
In the second phase, SomReP’s strategy will focus largely on ensuring that the systems that promote food security and fuel economic growth are robust and resilient; the water ecosystem, the inclusive market systems in which crop and livestock agricultural production systems can flourish and the ecosystems in which intensive and extensive production takes place, such as the rangelands of Somaliland and Puntland. The performance of these systems is integral to the resilience of the population, and as the primary economic activity in Somalia, must be
supported to ensure both food security and the provision of related income-generating opportunities. SomReP’s economic growth strategy will employ a PUSH PULL approach to developing inclusive market systems which can support trade in raw agricultural products while simultaneously promoting the development of enterprises linked to income generated from processes beyond production.