Economic Security

A young Somaliland farmer

Promoting women’s economic security and in particular their livelihood is a key target for Nagaad. A number of programs designed to assist women’s economic status and increase livelihoods.

In rural Somaliland, the household-based pastoral and agro-pastoral activity remains the foundation of rural livelihoods.

These include advocacy at the policy making level to develop policies and legislation that can accommodate women’s access to economic opportunities. Furthermore, Nagaad has been at the frontline in providing capacity building to improve their knowledge and skills in business development and improving capacity to efficiently manage their businesses and to provide revolving and micro-credit schemes to energize small enterprises.

The important economic role that women have always played in the family remains an accepted fact. In rural life, the household-based pastoral and agro-pastoral activity remains the foundation of rural livelihoods - and women do the majority of the work. Women play important economic roles in both herding and farming families. Women’s labor is valued for productive tasks, as well as, for household chores. Women in the nomadic families perform the bulk of household subsistence work and carry major household responsibilities for herding livestock, farming, and food provision, caring for children and the sick, cooking, fetching water and moving the family home. In the urban areas, and specifically after the civil wars and the widespread adoption of the Khat stimulant amongst men, women’s role in the family shifted from domestic support role to being the principle breadwinner.