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Objectives of Shelter Cluster Somalia

There are an estimated 2.9 million IDPs in over 1500 sites in Somalia. The needs of different categories of IDPs, i.e. people who have been IDPs for nearly two decades and those displaced more recently, vary. The cluster continues to provide emergency assistance to newly displaced people affected by natural and man-made disasters (flood, fire, drought, conflict and evictions). It distributes a minimum Non-Food Item (NFI) kit and an Emergency Shelter Kit (if necessary) for those in need. It also maintains the emergency response capacity to distribute NFI minimum packages for 30,000 households or 120,000 people. This ensures a timely response to sudden on-set disasters through prepositioned stocks held across Somalia. Programme design takes into account the specific needs of women and, where appropriate, women’s dignity kits are also distributed. As durable solutions are not able to be achieved for all protracted situations, there is also a need to start re-building the resilience of these communities.

The Shelter cluster strategy has three main pillars:  Shelter assistance, NFI assistance, and Provision of Community infrastructure. Accountability and Community participation and ownership are underlying themes which are embedded in all cluster activities.

Where feasible, the cluster looks for opportunities to scale up transaction-based modalities in activities where their introduction can increase the timeliness and appropriateness of the response (e.g. by enabling people to address their own specific needs and priorities), and where it can support the resilience and social cohesion of communities, for example by facilitating the purchase of supplies and services in local markets.

To improve accountability, Post-Distribution Monitoring (PDM) forms an integral part of implementation and where there is an unacceptably high risk of diversion of aid, activities may be suspended. Joint needs assessments are coordinated to ensure that each regional shelter cluster produces an annual analysis of their respective IDP situation regarding shelter, NFIs and land tenure. 


Link to the online 4W dashboard


Link to contingency stock dashboard


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September 2021
Photo by NRC Somalia, 2021


- Between 18 and 19 September 2021 the IDP families in six settlements were ordered to vacate the land of their settlements without prior notice. These IDPs lived there over the past 10 years .

- Somalia Shelter cluster partners have endorsed a new kit: The Emergency Shelter Toolkit. This tool kit will help displaced households to rapidly construct their own shelters. This will be help beneficiaries in times when funding available is not sufficiient to provide them with the complete emergency shelter kit

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