The 2011 famine in Somalia brought into sharp focus the need to support and improve vulnerable communities’ ability to withstand shocks. Despite nearly 20 years of humanitarian assistance in Somalia, 2011 event showed people no better equipped to deal with droughts and other regular shocks. A concerted effort to build household and community resilience was considered the best approach to reduce the impact of future crises both in Somalia and throughout the Horn of Africa.
The Joint Resilience Strategy seeks to build Somali communities’ resilience through three complementary pillars:
These three pillars are integrated and complementary. Implemented together, and with community participation, their interventions can significantly increase the resilience of vulnerable communities in the targeted areas of Somalia.