September 2018: Organization of the Month

Community Action for Relief and Development Organization (CARDO)



CARDO is non-profit making, non-sectarian, humanitarian relief and development organization that was established and registered in 2005 as a local non-governmental organization (LNGO) in Somalia. CARDO operates in Gedo region particularly the districts of Belet-Hawo and Elwak. Its top priority is to create an environment that is conducive to sustainable development by helping rural communities to secure peace, sustainable development and attain self-reliance.

Our mission is to facilitate and advance the participation of poor people and rural communities in Gedo region of south central Somalia in the social, economical and political development process based on our strategic plans for achieving a sustainable generation. We envision a sustainable livelihood in Gedo region with food security, protection, nutrition, health and wellbeing for the poor and most vulnerable communities. Our main aim is to foster a sustainable and equitable development by assisting communities to properly identify their development needs and match those needs with available human, technical, financial, material and natural resources.

Primary objectives:

  1. To 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.
  2. To 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.
  3. To facilitate genuine peace, reconciliation, behavioral change and development issues by arranging effective and continuous communication within the community and between the community and other development stakeholders.
  4. To encourage the exchange of ideas on peace, reconciliation, governance, research, human rights, health and education, gender, behavioral change, environment and development by providing the community appropriate internal and external sources of information and knowledge.
  5. To promote, encourage and support the use of multi-sectoral approach, information sharing and knowledge in designing and implementing community development programs and projects.
  6. To promote self-reliance by building community and institutional capacity to tapping and orienting the community’s human, technical, financial, material and natural resources, while at the same time lobbying local, regional national and international groups to work with and invest in the community.

We pursue our objectives through a multidisciplinary and integrated approach that prioritizes awareness raising, information and knowledge sharing, capacity building and program and project delivery according to local needs and existing potentialities while enhancing synergistic approach among the various development works that may be taking place in a given area or community. CARDO adheres to internationally recognized principles and standards.


Based on the Somali National Development Plan and in line with the 17th Global Sustainable development Goal the following are some of the areas that we focus on:

  1. Livelihood Support

The objective of this area is to improve and assist the community to generate self- sustaining incomes through small enterprises. The Community Livelihood Improvement activities include planning and promoting income activities such as Agriculture production and agro processing activities, family farms, small-scale farming and introduction of new farming methods and techniques.

  1. Water and sanitation

The objective of this area of operation is to increase availability of clean water to the target communities through construction and rehabilitation of water sources, formation of water committees at district and village level, promote sanitation and hygiene through awareness workshops and training of trainers (TOTs) to educate communities on good proper hygiene sanitation practices.

  1. Peace building and conflict resolution

The organization, in a bid to bring peace and reconciliation in the region has mediated between two warring clans. The cause has been because of dispute over grazing land and settlements areas. To this end, the following are prioritized:

  • Instituting community–based conflict management and resolution mechanisms.
  • Initiating peace projects and working towards their implementation.
  • Facilitating the disarming, demobilization and re-integration of militia members.
  • Engaging youth in militias in alternative activities, such a vocational training, sports and entertainment.
  • Encouraging the full participation of women in peace building and promoting women empowerment activities and inclusions in decision makings at work, home/community and market place
  • Harnessing the capacities of all communities for peace.
  • Assisting communities in the creation and nurturing of a culture of peace through local media that would serve as genuine and neutral forum for dialogue.
  • Enhancing human security in its entire dimension through conflict prevention, management and resolution tools.
  • Addressing the root causes of conflict, such as the role of dwindling grazing areas caused by the indiscriminate cutting of trees.



  1. Health

Here we have these programs: water and sanitation/hygiene, safe motherhood, child health, and RCH & HIV/AIDS integration.

The main objectives of our safe motherhood program are to:

  1. Significantly increase individual, household and community action that directly and indirectly improves maternal and newborn health.
  2. Enhance systems and institutional capabilities for sustained improvement in maternal and newborn health care services and health status.

These are some of the activities focused on health:

  • Accelerate government health service delivery through community based advocacy
  • Capacity building of community-based health service providers
  • Develop access to health services to marginalized and most vulnerable groups mainly pregnant , lactating mothers and under 5 years of age  children  through micro insurance facilities focusing on RH issues
  • Integration of HIV/AIDS with regular RCH program

The following are some of the principles that guide our work:

  • Reaching the needy- benefit the vulnerable in the community and promote their wellbeing.
  • Involvement of women- empower women by ensuring gender inclusivity in projects.
  • Participation- ensure full community participation in all stages of project management from project design, implementation and evaluation of results and outputs.
  • Sustainability- ensure projects are self-sustaining and fostering self-reliance and sustainability to encourage community to take over and initiate further efforts.
  • Environmental Awareness- safeguard natural resources while making land more productive by adopting ecologically sound techniques for environmental protection and preservation.


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