Since 1991, Somalia has essentially been a collapsed state and has experienced chronic food insecurity, widespread violence, and recurring droughts and floods. The social costs of war 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 building resilience, are critical to helping vulnerable households meet basic needs, reduce malnutrition, and protect livelihoods.
Somalis are forging a promising path forward, after years of state failure and conflict. The creation of regional states, rebuilding of institutions, and positive re-engagement with the international community point to a brighter future for the country and the region. USAID supports Somalia's aspirations for durable stability, democracy and prosperity. We help save lives, alleviate human suffering, and build resilience to disasters.
USAID is also working to reduce the appeal of extremism in Somalia through programming that fosters good governance, promotes economic recovery and growth, offers youth skills training, and works to increase social cohesion through improved community with government relationships. Our programs are planned and carried out with local partners in the context of Somali culture and values.