HIRDA Implements Cross-border Projects
For the past two years, HIRDA, in partnership with Oxfam and other local partners, has been implementing a range of cross-border projects in Eastern Africa.
The projects comprising of school hygiene and sanitation, agricultural seed processing, and relief projects have, particularly, been aimed at the cross-border communities in Somaliland and Ethiopia. Presently, HIRDA team in Hargeisa, Somaliland, is working on a project entitled Cross-border Project for Resilience and Food Security targeted at the pastoral communities residing in areas marginal to the two countries.
Empowering women and youth in its areas of operation form the core of HIRDA’s objectives. And, it’s on this very objective that the Institutional Capacity Building project for the women and the youth in the aforementioned areas is predicated.
The main objective of this project is, to improve the livelihood of the vulnerable pastoral and agropastoral communities in Somaliland and Ethiopian border. Of particular concern here was seeking to improve food security in 10 rural villages at the border through sustainable resource management and strengthening of institutional and human capacities in rural livestock and agriculture-based livelihoods. The realization of this objectives hinge on the institution and implementation of two key areas: policy issues for pastoral communities and institutional capacity building for pastoralist youth and women.
In order to achieve progress in this area, the project team conducted preliminary research to review existing policies. This has been done through discussions, visits and facilitating meetings with local community, district and regional authorities. The project team succeeded to petition the relevant ministries and policy makers in Somaliland in its bid to formulate new regulations in a pastoral sector through sharing of reports with stakeholders and partners.
Institutional Capacity Building for Pastoral Women and Youth
In close collaboration with the local community, the project team works to empower women and youth to participate in the decision-making process at the community level. This is done through offering leadership and management training to women and youth from 10 rural villages at the cross-border of Somaliland and Ethiopia. The project formed one umbrella for pastoral rural development and 4 youth organizations from different villages that re-activated by the project. Additionally, the project enhanced Community-based and rural development capacity building and lobbying/advocacy of pastoral civil society bodies.
This project is ongoing and implemented by four other partner organizations alongside HIRDA and is set to complete in 2016.
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