When looking at Somalia, there are often glaring gaps in data that obscure understanding of the country, its people, and its needs and also pose challenges in gauging development progress and impact. However, as the country embarks on a critical shift from humanitarian relief to sustainable development, a groundbreaking initiative is illuminating the path forward – the Somali Integrated Household Budget Survey.
Groundbreaking initiative illuminating the path forward
Supported by the World Bank and driven by collaboration between the Somali government and planning ministries in Federal Member States, the survey transcends conventional metrics, exploring crucial aspects of livelihood. Between May and July 2022, the survey reached out to more than 7,200 households across urban, rural, and pastoral nomadic regions. Its scope extended beyond the usual metrics, delving into critical aspects of livelihood, including employment, land ownership, and the usage of information and communication technology.
Community engagement overcomes challenges:
As with any ambitious undertaking, there were challenges. Despite security concerns and encounters with wary households, the survey had an impressive 96% response rate, achieved through using innovative strategies, such as videos explaining the purpose of it, which were aired on local TV stations.
"Security was a constant concern. We had to craft a meticulous security plan, district by district, and engage local elders to ensure safe passage, particularly in rural and nomadic areas."
Shire Mohamed, Team Supervisor, Banadir