Social and Economic Development

About Us Bani'Adam

Bani’Adam’s livelihoods programming is based broadly on sustainable livelihoods approach that rests on strengthening the resourcefulness and resilience of households and communities, not simply addressing basic or immediate needs of beneficiaries.

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The approach relies on analysis and participation by local communities and facilitates individual change. This is a productive approach to secure livelihoods focusing on the assets that people and households have and the ways in which they use them to support themselves.

With two decades of conflict, the livelihoods of Somali people have not been spared either. Total depletion of the communities’ livelihoods is a norm everywhere in South Central Somalia, poverty is widespread. Declining livelihood options as a result of insecurity, environmental degradation caused by year after year of droughts, lack of essential services and successive natural disasters has continued to impact the livelihood and food security of households over the last two decades. Investment in and diversification away from subsistence agriculture, on which the majority of the population in South Central Somalia now depends, is difficult due to frequent internal displacements insecurity, lack of social, financial and physical assets.

Bani’Adam livelihood programs in rural and urban set up especially among the IDPs always aim to alleviate these problems through encouraging integrated livelihoods approach and diversification of the economy. Bani’Adam invests in activities surrounding cash distributions in urban areas, whereas in rural areas Bani’Adam does targeted interventions and diversification of livelihood options to diminish over-dependence on subsistence agriculture and improve the food security and livelihoods of poor households. Although Bani’Adam relies on the support of partners in carrying out interventions, Bani’Adam is always confronted with a number of challenges like economic and environmental problems that limit the implementation and impact of project activities.

Persistent rainfall delay, insecurity, limited employment opportunities; lack of skills and inadequate funding always prevents interventions that in the long run are meant to create sustainable benefits to the target communities. Bani’Adam and partners often implement activities that focus on asset creation at the household level so that the beneficiaries can address their immediate needs.

Snapshot of Bani’Adam Livelihood program