Somalia has faced recurring climatic and weather shocks in recent decades that are expected to worsen with climate change, which, combined with long standing political, social, and economic marginalization have led to violent conflict and contributed to the displacement of millions of people across the country. As a result, marginalized groups often require additional layers of support to increase their economic agency and to be able to fully participate in economic opportunities.
The Inclusive Resilience in Somalia (IRiS) Activity aims to accelerate economic development for marginalized groups in the targeted areas of Somalia. This will be done by increasing individual, household, business, community, and system-wide resilience through rural and urban livelihood diversification and promoting inclusive economic market systems.
Implemented across targeted USAID’s Focal Zones, IRiS works with a range of institutions and partners to deliver a suite of flexible and context-relevant interventions at the Community, State, and Federal levels. This Activity also aligns with Somalia’s development priorities, which are captured in its National Development Plan 9 (NDP 9) covering 2020-2024.
Activity expected results include:
Strengthen and diversify rural and urban livelihoods for marginalized groups:
Promote economic agency of marginalized groups: