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Peace Pillar: Infrastructures for peace and environmental peacebuilding in Hirshabelle and Galmudug States, Somalia

Somalia is an archetype of compound climate security threats, with disaster risk, protracted conflict, and severe climate change vulnerability combining to destabilise the region.

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Somalia‚Äôs rainy season in 2022 was the driest in seven decades, and conflict has been exacerbated as vital resources have grown scarcer. Currently, there are just under three million Internally Displaced Persons in Somalia, many of whom are facing acute food and other insecurities in growing camps, particularly in Mogadishu. Meanwhile, tens of thousands fled to neighbouring Kenya in 2022, adding pressure to already strained resources. 

Building on previous projects in the region, Infrastructures for Peace and Environmental Peacebuilding will contribute to the constructive transformation ofcycles of conflict, climate change, and environmental degradation. The project is being carried out in the states of Hirshabelle and Galmudug, developing inclusive and climate conscious strategies to address these challenges. The project aims to strengthen community resilience, support conflict transformation in areas most affected by protracted violence, and strengthen the capacity of both formal and informal institutions to perform environmentally-informed peacebuilding roles.

This project is part of the Weathering Risk Peace Pillar, which translates climate-security foresight and analysis into peacebuilding action where it is needed most. Currently in its first phase, the Peace Pillar implements a number of pilot projects conducted by experienced peacebuilding organisations in regions severely affected by conflict and climate risks. Through and from implementation the Peace Pillar aims to share and elevate evidence-based recommendations in mainstreaming climate-security to support sustainable peace processes on the ground.

The Peace Pillar is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by adelphi in partnership with the Berghof Foundation, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the European Institute of Peace (EIP). The Peace Pillar works with evaluation experts, including Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) to assess the impact of the pilot projects.

Contact person and email:

Katarina Schulz: schulz@adelphi.de

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Supported by Germany

Type: Practice, Dialogue/advocacy, Process

Relevant action areas: 3. Climate security risk-informed resilience and adaptation; 4. Climate security risk-informed peace; 5. Knowledge and experience sharing; 6. Cooperation through dialogue

Location of project: Somalia

Duration: 2022-present

Partners: Berghof Foundation, adelphi

Key activities: Strengthen community resilience, formal and informal institutional capacity building, peace-building