Somalia - Socio-Economic Reintegration of Ex-Combatants and Youth at Risk Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 22 Jan 2016
Signature Date 04 May 2016
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Oct 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 3,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants and youth at risk project directly contributes to Somalia’s on-going recovery efforts and the measures to promote stability and inclusion. The project is tackling one of the drivers of fragility and illegal migration in Somalia (youth unemployment). It will also contribute to improved technical capacity and governance at the sector level. It adopts a two-pronged approach by directly equipping vulnerable youth with technical and vocational skills relevant for the labour market while supporting capacity building of relevant state institutions to enable them address youth unemployment and vulnerability issues on a more sustainable basis in the near future. The main project interventions are: provision of psycho-social counselling, technical and vocational skills training, financial literacy training, apprenticeship and mentorship, job placement through apprenticeships and provision of basic tools as start-up kits to trained youth. The total cost is estimated at UA 3.30 million excluding taxes and duties.

Project Objectives

The overall development objective of the project is to promote sustainable reintegration of youth at risk including ex-combatants. The specific objective is to equip these youth with the needed social and livelihoods skills for sustainable reintegration into society and help enhance government’s capacity for tackling youth unemployment. The expected outcomes are sustainable reintegration of youth at risk including ex-combatants and enhanced government capacity for youth empowerment and reintegration programming.


The project directly targets two categories of youth i.e highly vulnerable youth and youth disengaging from Al Shabaab (ex-combatants). A total of 1,500 youth at risk of becoming disillusioned or joining criminal gangs and militias including 500 youth ex-combatants will benefit from vocational and entrepreneurship training and assistance to integrate into the local economy. Overall, 525 out of the 1,500 target youth beneficiaries will be female. Under the project, communities will be supported to develop action plans to combat Gender-Based Violence and this will significantly improve the lives and wellbeing of Somali women. Skills shortages is one of the major challenges affecting the private sector in Somalia. Industry players will benefit from the existence of a pool of skilled youth. The various institutions of the Federal Government of Somalia targeted for capacity building under the project will benefit from enhanced capacity which would in the long run translate into better service delivery for all citizens.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility
Ministère du Travail et des Affaires Sociales


IATI identifier 46002-P-SO-IE0-003
Last Update 04 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name SHARAN Mona

Geographic Location

Country Somalia
Coordinates Location Name
0.0 42.0 Lower Juba