BORESHA and DSP Team Leader
WYG is helping to build resilience in the Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia border by promoting economic development and resilience.
Funded by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa, the Building Opportunities for Resilience in the Horn of Africa (BORESHA) project takes a community-driven approach to addressing vulnerabilities in the tri-border region.
The area faces complex challenges within its political, social, economic, and security landscape; yet, all can be overcome by helping the region capitalise on its rich and abundant agricultural and livestock resources and cross-border trade, while also leaning on common heritage and cultural ties among local communities.
To fully realise this initiative, WYG is working in consortium with the Danish Refugee Council, Care International, and World Vision to provide targeted support for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in the area.
This support will be based on a labour market assessment that WYG conducted to identify the sectors with the highest potential for employment, including trade, small-scale manufacturing, construction, and utilities.
In addition, a value chain assessment will also identify the most viable value chains that will be targeted and developed under the programme.
The WYG project team is in the process of setting up Business Development Support Centres (BDSCs) to address low labour force utilisation rates and unemployment.
The intervention will aim to create jobs and diversify livelihoods for cross-border communities, including for vulnerable people at risk of migration or displacement. The BDSCs will provide further support through apprenticeships, business and technical skills training, in addition to providing business start-up and growth grants.
As part of its aims, the programme is also working with local, state and national government authorities, community leaders, youth groups, women’s associations, among other stakeholders.
The project also includes the set-up of a Tri-Border Committee that will set out the strategic framework to support cross-border markets, connectivity and trade.
The target areas of intervention are the border regions of Mandera (Kenya), Dolo Odo (Ethiopia), and Gedo (Somalia)
WYG is also a partner in the Durable Solutions Project (DSP), which is a three-year integrated solutions programme funded by Danida.
WYG is leading the private sector development and economic opportunities component of the overall programme.
This component, for the most part, mirrors BORESHA activities and involves the establishment and operationalization of BDSCs, engagement of MSMEs for market driven business skills development and training coupled with upstream private sector engagement and value chain and labour market analyses.
In addition, the programme includes the development of a well-defined spatial plan in conjunction with the authorities in Kismayo to enable them to make informed decisions (i.e., investment in infrastructure) that will unlock economic growth and foster social cohesion.
The intervention locations of the project are in the urban centres of Mogadishu and Kismayo and other parts of south-central Somalia.
Overall, WYG is providing targeted business development support to MSMEs so as to create and diversify income opportunities under the lens of economically empowering displacement-affected and host communities in Mogadishu and Kismayo.