/About HRDC
About HRDC 2020-07-29T11:09:36+00:00

Established in 2015, Humanitarian Relief and Development Council (HRDC) is a national NGO delivering high-quality programming to beneficiaries across Somalia in four core areas, outlined below.  HRDC programming is directed at refugees, returnees, vulnerable host communities, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia. The organization strives to facilitate people-centered development programs, supporting crisis-intervention as well as  livelihoods-focused initiatives that create opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged people.

Working in Federal state of Puntland, HRDC has focused on ensuring high-quality, beneficiary focused solutions on the front lines of conflict, displacement, famine and economic collapse.  With close to 14 staff working throughout the country, HRDC has subject matter expertise in vital areas including protection, SGBV, legal aid, food security, development, engineering, community mobilization, education and crisis-intervention.  A highly focused and engaged team, over 90% of the staff members of HRDC come from Somalia, providing the organization with a depth of understanding of communities and root causes of conflict that is beneficial in developing community-focused solutions.


As a national NGO, HRDC holds a unique position in the social fabric of Somalia.  A core value of the organization is impartiality, and as such, HRDC works throughout the country with a diverse group of valued partners, each of whom support, facilitate and enable the efforts of HRDC in its core areas.

In addition to local leaders and community groups, with whom HRDC works formally and informally, the organization partners on a larger scale with numerous organizations, including:

  • UNDP
  • Government of the Netherlands
  • Government of Somalia
  • Global Communities
  • DCA / actalliance
  • CARE Netherlands
  • RCK –  Refugee Consortium of Kenya

Core Program Areas

Coupled between two primary areas of humanitarian and development programming, HRDC has four core delivery themes, defined as:


Building community resilience through food security, sustainable livelihoods, and strategies designed to help internally displaced persons, vulnerable host communities, returnees, and refugees.


Promoting and advocating for basic human rights, and mainstreaming programs that promote equality to ensure gender development is considered at all the levels of decision-making.


Developing school facilities and infrastructure, making scholarship award recommendations, providing learning materials, and establishing institutions for teacher-training and school governance. HRDC’s Tomorrow Now program provides refugee girls from Somalia living across East Africa with access to education, improving their prospects for a brighter future.


Peace-building, community protection initiatives, good governance, and civic education are pillars of our work. HRDC practices and promotes conflict resolution, establishes traditional peace committees, and promotes good governance, citizenship and civic education.


To support vulnerable people affected by crises to attain dignified and prosperous lives through impactful community resilience and practical, innovative programs.


An empowered community, living a dignified and prosperous life and possessing the capacity to influence decisions that affect their lives.


The core values that drive HRDC are impartiality, accountability and integrity, coupled with professionalism and a commitment to learning and innovation.