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Sustainable Employment Creation and Improved Livelihoods (SECIL) for Vulnerable Urban Communities in Mogadishu

The project created employment opportunities and improved livelihoods for vulnerable urban communities with a focus on five key areas: economic infrastructure rehabilitation; solid waste management; construction; WASH and energy and environmental protection.

2011-2015
Project Summary

Human Relief Foundation worked in partnership with UN-Habitat, Benadir Regional Administration and CESVI to implement the SECIL project, funded by the European Union (EU). The project created employment opportunities and improved livelihoods for vulnerable urban communities with a focus on five key areas: economic infrastructure rehabilitation; solid waste management; construction; WASH and energy and environmental protection.

Project Context

Somalia’s long-standing instability has had widespread adverse social and economic effects within the country. As a result of the conflict and recurring environmental shocks, large sections of the population have experienced long term displacement. There are huge deficits in basic infrastructure and the provision of essential services across Somalia. Since the collapse of the state in 1991, the civil society and private sector have been attempting to fill the void in social service provision.

Project outline

This project was funded by the EU and implemented by UN-Habitat, Benadir Regional Administration, CESVI, and Human Relief Foundation. The overall objective of the SECIL project was to create and improve livelihoods and employment opportunities in five key areas of the urban economy:

  1. Economic infrastructure rehabilitation
  2. Solid waste management
  3. Construction
  4. WASH
  5. Energy and environmental protection

Using a model of service delivery which enhances the capacities of the local government has led to close relations and consultations with the authorities in Mogadishu throughout and beyond the programme’s lifetime, increasing its sustainability.

Project achievements
  1. Economic infrastructure rehabilitation: key markets were rehabilitated
  2. Solid waste management: a sustainable solid waste collection system was established
  3. Construction: regulations and skills in the construction sector were strengthened and laboratories for the testing of construction material quality were established
  4. WASH: laboratories for the testing of water quality were established and access to safe drinking water was improved
  5. Energy and environmental protection: a Technical Training Centre was established and valuable employment and livelihood opportunities  were provided to community groups engaged in low-cost fuel production.

This project resulted in the equivalent of 4,983 working months through short-term job creation and 1,142 long term jobs.

"The SECIL is a great achievement for Somalia's capital. It will bring a visible change in the Mogadishu residents’ everyday lives by providing cleaner water, a cleaner environment and more jobs. And this is what the Somalis want.” EU Ambassador to Somalia, Michele Cervone d'Urso.

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