Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa region faces challenges that go beyond country borders: climate change, forced displacement, demographic pressures, environmental stresses, various forms of conflict, trafficking of human beings and smuggling of migrants, as well as organised crime and violent extremism.  Our approach to address these challenges is geographically comprehensive and holistic, putting the region at the centre of our response.  On some projects, we are working with the regional organisation IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development), building on areas of work in which IGAD is active, such as durable solutions for refugees, peace and security and resilience building, and harmonisation of national policies and strategies.

Selected targets*

69 723
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development

114 238
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities

1 835 680
Number of people receiving food-security related assistance

476 176
Number of people receiving basic social services

News & Stories

NEWS | 17 September 2018

Uganda: Lenia breaks stereotypes in bricklaying training, inspiring both women and men

“When I graduate, the first thing I am going to do is build a house for my parents” says 22 year old Lenia. Working among a group of boys, all dressed in overalls and helmets, she does, at first, not stand out. She is fitting mortar, a mixture of sand...

NEWS | 17 September 2018

IOM training for trainers in the Horn of Africa: teaching health professionals to better identify and aid victims of human trafficking

A young woman enters a local health clinic; her hands filled with blisters. She is accompanied by what, at first sight, seems to be a caring family member who will not leave her out of sight. While this could be an everyday situation, there is more to it than meets...

Members of the Kenyan delegation observe handmade products made by victims of trafficking as part of vocational training at the shelter
NEWS | 10 September 2018

On the way to opening its first state-run shelter for victims of human trafficking, Kenyan officials visit Jordan in search of best practices

When victims of human trafficking are rescued there is an immediate need to place them in a safe location, where they have a chance to heal and reintegrate into society. In Kenya, most temporary shelters are run by non-governmental organizations, with limited financial and human resources, unable to take in...

NEWS | 05 September 2018

Tukuley was a victim of physical abuse who found support and now raises awareness on gender-based violence in her settlement in Somalia

“I Thank God my injuries were not severe and I was able to recover. I am a confident woman now and I know how to survive what I lived through” Tukuley Ahmed Xussein, a 40 year old mother of ten, living at the Hiiran 2 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) settlement...