This project aims to improve human security and living standards and provide durable solutions for the reintegration and resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees in the cities of Jowhar and Baidoa in southern Somalia. Armed conflict and insecurity in Mogadishu have resulted in tens of thousands of people fleeing the capital to neighbouring regions. The displacement complicates an already serious humanitarian emergency, which has affected over 800,000 people.
There is a need for immediate interventions for newly arrived IDPs, including the provision of clean water, shelter, food, health services, sanitation, and protection. The crisis places an additional burden on host communities, who are already facing difficult circumstances. Humanitarian assistance is thus urgently required for the displaced populations, host communities, and rural populations in crisis in the Shabelle and Bay regions.
The project assists the integration of IDPs in the towns of Jowhar and Baidoa through:
- Integrated and coordinated planning of the IDP response
- Improved security of tenure and access to land
- Appropriate settlement and shelter solutions on a self-help basis
Among others, activities implemented by UN-HABITAT include:
- Security of tenure on land for resettlement
- Planning of the resettlement sites and livelihood options
- Labour-intensive production by IDPs of local construction materials
- Support for the construction of up to 250 shelter units with a self-help component in Jowhar
- Provision of basic services and infrastructure