Promoting Resilient Livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction, Food Security & Climate Adaptation Programmes

Ximan village Dam, Sheikh District

Livelihoods in many areas of Somaliland (Urban and Rural) are complex and dynamic; perhaps the one constant is the day-to-day uncertainty of survival.

The concept of livelihood is about individuals, households, or groups making a living, attempting to meet their various consumption and economic necessities, coping with uncertainties, and responding to new opportunities.

Resilience has been described as ‘the capacity of people or “systems” to cope with stresses and shocks by anticipating them, preparing for them, responding to them, and recovering from them’.

YOVENCO works to develop vocational skills for poor and vulnerable communities in various sectors to provide them with sustainable employment and income opportunities. 

Through this component, we work with Pastoralists, fisheries, and agropastoralist communities with direct economic support and skills development.


Water is essential in terms of its quantity and quality to sustain life and promote health.

Basic sanitation and adequate hygiene behavior and management are essential conditions to create a safe environment that reduces the risk of people’s immune systems being undermined as a result of chronic exposure to WASH-related diseases.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) is globally recognized as a key intervention to promote a healthy and clean environment and to influence a change in health promotion behavior and attitudes.

YOVENCO’s water and sanitation work help vulnerable communities obtain adequate supplies of safe water and sanitation facilities by drilling new borehole wells, repairing existing wells, developing rainwater catchments, providing water storage, building community filtration systems, and constructing household latrines, refuse dumps, and surface water drainage systems.

YOVENCO in Action

Since 2016, YOVENCO has partnered with the FAO and GIZ to deliver livelihood
interventions in the Sahel region.

Over 20,000 people have benefitted from various cash-for-work schemes between 2015 and 2018.

Our work has contributed to:

  • Improved community ownership and inclusive participation sustaining environmental water irrigation infrastructure;
  • Improved communal water infrastructure in more than 20 villages in Sahel region
  • Improved levels of food security in target villages;
  • Improved local economic activity arising f rom temporary employment opportunities and unconditional cash transfers to vulnerable groups.
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