After years of conflict, Somalis are rebuilding their country and their own livelihoods. Our work in Somalia focuses on health and economic empowerment for women and girls.
- Our office: Hargeisa
- Our areas of focus: Women’s economic empowerment, health
- Our partners: Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
About our work
In Somalia, BBC Media Action is committed to strengthening the media and promoting economic rights and opportunities for women across the country. We also have an active response on the COVID-19 pandemic, producing high quality media content highlighting the dangers of COVID-19 and providing people with strategies to keep themselves and their families safe.
And through our weekly radio magazine show, Making Waves, broadcast on the BBC Somali Service, and specialised business training delivered through partners, we’re also tackling the deeply rooted stigma that prevents women from thriving economically and helping female listeners develop their financial literacy, knowledge and confidence.
Our previous work in Somalia includes Lifeline media programming to support communities affected by drought, radio shows challenging negative attitudes towards polio vaccination, and drama to inspire the country’s youth to overcome obstacles to employment.
Our projects in Somalia
- Radio to encourage women's economic empowerment in SomaliaThrough engaging radio and training, BBC Media Action is supporting women across Somalia to understand their economic rights and thrive in both the formal and informal labour markets.
- 'Towards a desired goal’: building democracy in SomaliaAfter decades of civil war, Somalia has struggled to establish inclusive, peaceful and democratic political processes. Our national radio magazine programme, Gole Joog (‘Let’s Gather and Discuss’) is building bridges between communities and encouraging civic participation.
- Helping people in Somaliland hold their leaders to accountRadio and TV debate shows are helping people in Somaliland learn more about how to hold those in power to account
- A lifeline for people affected by drought in SomaliaCommunication is a vital form of humanitarian aid so we've teamed up with the BBC Somali Service and Radio Ergo to help people survive, cope and recover.
- Inspiring young people through radio dramaA weekly interactive radio drama, Maalmo Dhaama Manta, supports young Somalis to explore their opportunities and the obstacles they face.
Our insight and impactUse our research library
- How a BBC radio programme has driven child vaccination uptake in SomaliaResearch summary showing how a radio programme increased awareness of polio and improved uptake of polio vaccination in Somalia.
- ‘Hiigsiga Nolosha’: How has a youth radio show given young Somalis hope for their future?How an interactive radio show provides Somali youth hope and motivation for the future and helped them to believe they can positively contribute to their country.
- Story from our work: Hoda Hersi, SomaliaBBC Media Action's work using radio to help empower Somali youth.
- Story from our work: Amina Abdirashid, SomaliaHow BBC Media Action helps nomadic people in Somalia access livestock information on the radio.
- Story from our work: Diana Njeru, SomaliaBBC Media Action is helping train journalists in Somalia.
Past projects and resources
- Tackling polio in Somalia through radioFrom 2013-14 the radio show Dhibcaha Nolosha (Drops for Life) challenged negative attitudes towards polio vaccination.
- Improving family health in SomaliaThrough a drama and discussion radio show Tiraarka Qoyska (Pillars Of The Family) which was produced between 2011 and 2014.
- Learning to read via radio in SomaliaFrom 2008 to 2011, over 250,000 Somalis learned how to read, write and count thanks to an educational media project.
- Supporting the Somali media sectorFrom 2010 to 2012, a media development project aimed to increase the reach, levels of public participation and professional standards of the Somali media.