Two school girls holding tree seedlings in front of a white building

Photo: Tatu Hiltunen

Development cooperation in the Horn of Africa

Together with its member organizations, the Finnish Somalia Network implements development projects in different fields in South and Central Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland.

The Finnish Somalia Network aims to facilitate the work of the civil society for peace and development in the Horn of Africa. At the moment, the Finnish Somalia Network has four on-going joint projects.

The long-term objective of both Sahansaho and Ramaad is to stop desertification in the project areas, and Hiil Hooyo aims to improve maternity and infant health by educating local healthcare workers and raising awareness on maternity health. Our latest project Rajo aims to reduce youth unemployment. 

All of the projects have three local and three Finnish partner NGOs. Hiil Hooyo and Rajo both engage Finnish universities of applied sciences while Hiil Hooyo also cooperates with local universities.

The projects are funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, while the Network with its Finnish partners are responsible for the self-financing part. The Sahansaho project started in 2012, Ramaad in 2014 and Hiil Hooyo in 2017. All of these three projects continue till the end of 2022. Rajo started in 2021. 

The map shows all the locations the projects operate in. 

Map of FSN's project locations. Explained below in text format.

Contents of the map: Youth employment project Rajo operates in Hargeisa, Buhodle and Gardo. Maternity health project Hiil Hooyo operates in Borama, Hargeisa, Las Anod and Garowe. Sahansaho project for environmental conservation is implemented in Buhodle, Galkayo and Adado. Environmental conservation project Ramaad is implemented in Guriel, Dhusamareeb, El Adde and Afmadow. 


Three women and a baby at a health center

Group of men who are bent over dry, sandy ground Two women holding tree seedlings with green trees in the background