Somalia: Quarterly Report, July - September 2013

Operating in Somalia since 1981, CARE works in all three regions of Somalia in education, livelihoods development, WASH, NRM, governance and social change programming. CARE’s overall aim is to make a sustainable change in the lives of Somali women, girls and youth, supporting them to access education, play a stronger role in decision making, and become more resilient to the cycle of droughts and conflict in the Somali setting. We place an emphasis on governance and institutional development in our programming, working with nascent government bodies at all levels across the regions of Somalia to re-establish functioning institutions that can meet the needs of especially vulnerable parts of the community. CARE’s programming approach is designed to have a long term impact on communities; fewer but more strategic partnerships; and, synergy across projects and programs. CARE has its main offices in Hargeisa, Garowe, Nairobi, and smaller offices in Erigavo, Burao, Las Anod, Mogadishu and Bosaaso, with 153 staff across all locations. Most of our staff are Somali nationals including our country director. We have emphasized building localcapacity over the last 10 years in Somalia, and this gives us an advantage in government and community relationships, and a deep understanding of social and institutional dynamics in the Somali context.