Building Self-Sufficiency Among Drought-Affected Communities
Global Communities began working in Ethiopia in 2004 to help mitigate the impact of extreme drought and flood on rural, agricultural communities and decrease their dependence on food aid. Activities have focused on improving food security by increasing household assets such as livestock, supporting livelihoods through access to economic opportunities and improving health and hygiene through access to clean water and sanitation.
Redirecting Ethiopian Communities to Overcome Vulnerability and Enhance Resilience (RECOVER)
Global Communities began implementing RECOVER in 2011 with funding from USAID to respond to the emergency needs in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, which suffers endemic and persistent shocks due to ongoing drought conditions and seasonal flooding. The program aims to strengthen and diversify livelihoods through targeted risk mitigation and capacity building for vulnerable communities. The program also increases the water supply through the rehabilitation and construction of water sources and improve hygiene and sanitation conditions through education and awareness. Using an integrated approach to strengthen livelihoods systems, RECOVER combines disaster risk reduction strategies with urgently needed economic recovery support. The program targets several specific beneficiary groups, including pastoralists and agropastoralists affected by river flooding and ongoing drought conditions.
Sustainable Humanitarian Assistance Program for Ethiopia (SHAPE)
Global Communities implemented SHAPE in the Gode zone of the Somali Regional State to help drought-affected communities meet their emergency needs for water, food and income while assisting them to build their resources and capacities to respond to future crisis. At the heart of SHAPE, was the development of Asset Building Groups (ABGs). Each group consists of up to 80 members of a community that engage in a business venture that benefits from increased collective productive capacity and bargaining power. Once formed, ABGs collectively received assets to support the selected business venture, and group members received intensive training to effectively manage the activities of the group. This training included business or vocational skills, savings and credit management, and technical assistance in linking to markets and independent vendors or buyers.
Warder Emergency Response Program
With funding from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Global Communities assisted drought-affected pastoral populations through the provision of clean water for humans and animals. Activities included emeregncy water distribution through the use of water tankers, the rehabilitation of wells, construction of water catchment systems, distribution of water treatment chemicals and health and sanitation training.