Since 1991, Somalia has experienced chronic food insecurity, widespread violence, and recurring droughts and floods. The social costs have been enormous, leaving Somalia with some of the lowest human development indicators in the world. Sustained life-saving assistance, coupled with interventions aimed at strengthening local governance, creating lasting peace, and building resilience, are critical to help Somali communities and reach the most vulnerable.
Despite the many challenges, Somalis are forging a promising path forward. USAID supports Somalia's aspirations for durable stability, democracy, and prosperity. USAID works to prevent and counter violent extremism and to build resilience to mitigate chronic humanitarian needs.
Furthermore, USAID commits to target socially marginalized Somalis in a defined geographic focal zone and work toward shared humanitarian and development objectives in key sectors including governance, stabilization, education, economic growth, and resilience.