Hargeisa, May 10- EU has launched its Somaliland Durable Solutions Consortium (SDSC) programme in Somaliland. The project, funded through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa aims to increase access to basic health and protection services and create livelihood opportunities in the main accessible areas of return and departure in Somaliland. The programme will directly benefit 30,0000 vulnerable persons.
The project to be implemented by 5 consortium partners led by World Vision will directly help vulnerable groups in Somaliland. Alternative livelihood opportunities will be offered to returnees, host communities, internally displaced persons (IDPS), refugees as well as people with special needs. Somaliland hosts a large number of IDPS, many of whom live a squalor life in makeshift camps dotted across all major cities.
"The project we are launching today comes at a time when we see increasing numbers of destitute people reaching areas such as Hargeisa and Burao. The €4 million investment for reintegration in these areas will be vital to respond to the needs of the displaced persons and their host communities, "said Susanne Martin, Head of Resilience, Infrastructure and Productive Sector Development for the EU Delegation.
The five agencies - World Vision, Norwegian Refugee Council, Concern Worldwide, Danish Refugee Council and Taakulo Somaliland Community in partnership with Ministry of Planning, Education, Health and Ministry of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction have formed the Somaliland Durable Solutions Consortium (SDSC) that seeks to address the root causes of mixed migration in Somaliland specifically those who live in IDPs under Hargeisa and Burao districts.