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Name of the Organization:
The full registered name of the organization is “Kaalmo Relief and Development”. The abbreviation of the name of the organization is “KRD”.
Type and Nature of Organization:
KRD is a local non-governmental, not-for-profit, non-sectarian, non-partisan, humanitarian, advocacy and development organization working to alleviate the suffering of poor and marginalized communities in Somalia and support them to become self-reliant in addressing their problems.
KRD’s Mission is to “alleviate the suffering of poor and vulnerable marginalized communities and empower them to become socially and economically independent”.
KRD envisions a "poverty-free, empowered and democratic society which is guided by the values of equity, transparency, accountability, inclusion and respect”.
KRD believes that strict adherence to a moral code, reflected in truth, honesty and complete harmony.
The Founders and the Year of Establishment:
KRD was established in June 2011 by a group of young and professional elites who are highly motivated and committed for contributing their time, skills and energies for alleviating the plight of affected people and the development and empowerment of socially disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in Gedo region, Somalia by addressing poverty issues and gender-based discriminations. Initially, KRD was established to help provide short-term humanitarian assistance to the drought affected populations in Somalia, However, the organization reshaped its strategic focus on application for development program intended to strengthen local capacity to bring about durable solution for the marginalized pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities in Somalia. KRD is an active local humanitarian organization dedicated to bring sustainable human development in the jubaland state of Somalia. Through its cooperation with key actors, KRD feeds, equips and guides the attitude of the community with awareness creation campaigns. KRD places special emphasis on investing and building the resilience of vulnerable pastoral and agro pastoral communities to help them cope with natural and man-made disasters. The organizational age, geographical reach and local knowledge made it possible to gain outstanding experience to deliver effective, appropriate and timely responses to target communities. Over its life span, the organization has grown substantially in the number of projects implemented, areas covered, staff numbers and budgets managed. Since its establishment, the organization through its work in emergency and development interventions has supported thousands of people, saved lives and provided opportunities for improved livelihoods. Also, it has achieved great development in its organizational capacity and management of programs.
KRD is a registered body. It is registered with the jubaland state Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, under “Article No: 54 of Somalia Civil Society Law No: 37 of 02/06/173. The registration number is 001087. It is also registered with the offices of the Governor, Gedo region and the District Commissioner of Belet-Hawa district. Kaalmo is also registered under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Federalism and reconciliation of the federal government of Somalia through under Article 22, Para 1, 2, 3; Article 26 and Article 67 Para3 of the federal charter of Somalia in 2004, as well as the Article 7, Article 26 and Article 32 of the first constitution of Somalia in 1960KRD has extensive understanding of the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of the population in it is areas of operation. KRD has geographical reach, experience in project implementation, and managements of funds. Moreover, KRD has good acceptance from the community, government and donors. It has been working for both pastoral, agro-pastoral, IDPs and host communities in Somalia since its establishment in June 2011. with more than 11 – years of experience in delivering development, relief and rehabilitation assistance to the most under-privileged parts of Somalia and having gained a deep understanding of the population’s livelihoods and needs, KRD is very confident to successfully implement programs related to WASH, Livelihood, food security, Education, Protection, Health and nutrition as well as social and environmental programs. Currently, KRD is implementing 6 projects and has more than 18 staff. KRD has the ability to provide expanded coverage, given the fact that it is community-focused and has a wide population reach, particularly the hard-to-reach rural communities.
What Makes Kaalmo Distinct:
Kaalmo works on the basis of people centered approach supported by the following key elements.
- Collaborating with the poor and the disadvantaged members among the communities -We believe that the injustices can be eliminated by empowering the poor and the disadvantaged to help them claim their rights. Kaalmo will work with the grass roots to achieve its ambitions and learn the reality on the ground. Poverty, injustices and marginalization can be eliminated with the poor and disadvantaged taking charge of their lives to realize change.
- Rights based approach-The basic of our work is to realize the voices of the poor and the disadvantaged are heard and respected, shielded and fulfilled. Kaalmo will also bring to the attention of other humanitarian actors in regards to the fulfilment of the poor and the disadvantaged.
- Partnering and Networking- Kaalmo will forge relationship and partnership with international actors and donors to support its target groups. We will also work in close relationship with the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged members of the communities. Partnership and Networking will support us access resources and reduce risks to our target communities.
- Integrity: KRD believes that strict adherence to a moral code, reflected in truth, honesty and complete harmony in what one thinks, says, and does is of paramount importance in all internal and external dealings of KRD with staff, beneficiaries, partners and donors.
A mix of relationship and task-oriented Leadership:
- KRD believes that leadership is a pivotal issue that affects the success and failure of every organization; therefore, leadership must be people centered and attuned to the expectations and interactions of subordinates while focused on getting work done according to plan, schedules and milestones.
- Teamwork: KRD believes that teamwork is crucial for developing the growth of organizations by incorporating the habit of working as a team and distributing the work load. Therefore, it is important for each and every staff-member of KRD to work as part of a team and achieve success at every stage.
- Tolerance: KRD believes freedom from bigotry; and therefore, promotes the exercise of fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions,beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, differ from one’s own.
- Transparency and accountability: KRD believes that charities have to be accountable, transparent to beneficiaries and donors. It’s important that stakeholders understand how we work and how the money we receive is spent; therefore, as a principle, KRD staff-members have a duty to act visibly, predictably and understandably to promote participation and accountability.
KRD has been successfully delivering high quality service with well-earned reputation since 2011. It enjoys strong and cordial relationships with the different stakeholders, with particular emphasis on communities that it serves as well as the government and donor community. These relationships are based on mutual interest and shared commitments to poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable development. KRD developed and maintained these relationships through a range of networking and partnership opportunities, and through a thorough understanding of socio-economic, cultural, and other sensitivities in the region. Service delivery is usually done by the involvement of local communities, district administrations and community leaders. Appropriate Identification of community needs and prioritizing areas of interventions helped KRD to gain the confidence and the goodwill of both government and local communities. KRD has following added values:
Sustainability, coordination and Networking:
KRD defines sustainability as delivery of program service consistently support target communities both during and after program phase out, by strengthening the capacity of government institutions, facilities and community-based committees through community engagement and create sense of ownership. KRD understands the local constraints, a fact that helped its programs to effectively prioritize needs within the context. KRD is understood and viewed by its target community as part of them and initiate actions in ways that are socially accepted, economically sound, environmentally friendly and culturally deemed appropriate and suitable. KRD is uniquely positioned to initiate and establish close-working relationships with other locally based groups in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. Partnerships and collaborations among different institutions allow KRD encourage networking, sharing best practices, and thus inspire more local ownership. KRD does closely coordinate its operation with concerned government line ministries which facilitates for it to handover its accomplishments to both communities and government bodies.
Following are key principles and strategies are used to effectively sustain programs:
Working closely with the government mandated structure at various levels to strengthen the existing structures to engage and own the programme.
- Integration of sectors for enhanced efficiency and addressing beneficiaries’ needs for sustainable development.
- Strengthening community structures for health, education and WASH through capacity development support on leadership, management, planning, reporting, documentation, financial management and community mobilization.
- Establishment of complaint response mechanism to encourage community’s participation and get timely community feedback.
- Joint supervision with government sector office and key stakeholders.
- Updating targeted community on program progress and challenges to build trust among target communities.
- Technical and Financial sustainability– target pastoral women are given opportunity to develop their own action or business plan through capacitating, training and giving them start-up fund. Establishment of groups and committees among the target people to help manage and control results. The capacity of the community is strengthened by giving them training, workshops and conferences.
- Social and institutional sustainability– KRD intends to use techniques that are culturally acceptable, economically sound, socially sustainable and environmentally friendly. The existing community structures are importantly used and strengthened. Program management committee are set up to actively participate starting from the planning, implementation as well as monitoring and finally take over task from the implementing staffs.
KRD is often embedded within local communities and economies in such a way that it can provide services and assistance at a fraction of the cost that would be needed. All KRD Staffs are locally based staffs with no expatriate thus, has less administration cost. Activities targeted at individuals and families are often efficiently implemented by linking complementary services at different levels.
KRD always consults with its targeted communities to ensure that their involvement is continuous throughout the life of the project in action. In connection to this, KRD makes use of the existing community structures to ensure regular feedback, consultation and open lines of communication. KRD uses a technique known as Community Conversations to ensure that KRD does continually engage with the communities and hear what their priorities and proposed solutions are, resulting in strong interactive participation throughout its projects. Community Conversations is best described as a series of community wide meetings. Community does actively participate in almost every activity implemented by KRD such as livelihood, water point construction, education and health. KRD establish committee representing the entire target community to mitigate conflicts and sustain achievements.
Neutrality, transparency and the pursuit of human good
KRD operates in Somalia where droughts and civil insecurity combined, denied people to have access to food and livelihoods. KRD has an extensive understanding of the socio-economic development of its area of operation and execute its programs effectively and with minimal interruptions. Neutrality and the pursuit of only human good and transparency in its program implementation as well as the involvement of government institutions and communities have been the cornerstones of KRD’s operating principles which have assured its success in working some of the remotest and difficult to reach parts of Somalia.
Codes and Policies:
KRD draws on a number of charity codes and practices that dictate how we work. KRD’s work is guided by a series of policy documents which have, been approved by our Board of Directors. In all interventions, KRD is guided by the following codes of conduct and practices:
- The Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Disaster Relief;
- The Humanitarian Charter;
- The People in Aid Code of Practice in the Management and Support of Aid Personnel;
- The Sphere Projects Minimum Standards in Disaster Response;
- Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International;
- Accountability Framework; and
- The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
KRD aims to foster a sustainable and equitable development by assisting communities to properly identify their development needs and match those needs with available resources (human, technical, financial, material and natural)
- Participate in the community development and meet post-conflict reconstruction needs by fulfilling the major needs of the communities that have suffered and continue to suffer diverse and numerous Vulnerabilities and inadequacies in the fulfillment of their basic needs and rights.
- Serve as a focal point for community development and transformation by partnering with local and international agencies to plan and coordinate the development efforts intended to improve the living conditions of the people.
- Facilitate genuine peace, reconciliation, behavioral change and development issue by arranging effective and continuous communication within the community and between the community and other development stakeholders.
- Improve protection of vulnerable groups from marginalization, abuse and human rights violations through the advancement of human rights and democracy.
- Promote education with special focus on girls and children with special needs.
- Promote environmental protection and address climate change issues;
- Provide appropriate and timely relief assistance to disaster affected communities and assist them to recover early and improve the productive capacity of pastoralists, agro-pastoralist, farmers and fishing communities;
- Explore and introduce to disaster affected communities sustainable and disaster resilient livelihood options through building the capacity of disaster affected communities on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR);
- Promote education with special focus on girls and children with special needs; gender equality and address gender-based Violence;
- Improve accessibility of clean drinking water and quality sanitation facilities and durable community physical infrastructures;
- Promote child protection, rights of children and youth development and address issues related to abuse and marginalization of children, adolescents and youth; Empower women and girls socially, economically and politically;
- Advocate for the rights of marginalized individuals and communities; Combat harmful traditional practices;
- Promote environment protection and address climate change issues;
- Promote good governance and participatory democratic institutions;
- Enhance citizen participation and accountability in the supply and demand sides; and Promote peace, dialogue and co-existence between warring communities in Gedo region.
Our core competences include the following:
- Deep knowledge of our geographic coverage area;
- mutual understanding and effective working relationship with locals;
- Achieving results effectively, considering the need for speed, scale and quality;
- Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships;
- Operating safely and securely in high-risk environments; and
- Managing ourselves in a pressured and changing environment.