Corno d’Africa: due collaboratori della DSC raccontano il loro lavoro

Articolo, 19.08.2016

Il 19 agosto la comunità internazionale celebra la Giornata mondiale dell’aiuto umanitario. La DSC coglie questa occasione per rendere omaggio ai propri collaboratori in ambito umanitario. Natacha Pugin e Abdi Kunow lavorano quotidianamente al servizio dell’assistenza alimentare nel Corno d’Africa.

-Una donna, seduta sul proprio letto di ospedale, tiene il figlio sulle ginocchia. Entrambi soffrono di malnutrizione grave. Si trovano in cura in un ospedale di Mogadiscio, in Somalia.
Nel 2016 il programma alimentare mondiale si occupa di 1,4 milioni di persone che stanno vivendo una situazione di crisi alimentare in Somalia. © WFP/Barry Came

L’Aiuto umanitario svizzero è costituito da diverse centinaia di esperti. A Berna o all’estero, in quanto membri del Corpo svizzero di aiuto umanitario in missione sul campo o come riserve, queste donne e questi uomini operano in una molteplicità di ambiti, in tutti i Paesi del mondo che necessitano di sostegno.

Il Corno d’Africa, ad esempio, deve affrontare numerosi conflitti, crisi e catastrofi naturali nonché condizioni di povertà estrema. La Somalia è l’epicentro della crisi umanitaria di questa regione, con uno dei tassi di malnutrizione tra i più elevati al mondo. L’ONU stima in 4,7 milioni il numero di persone che necessitano di un aiuto umanitario nella sola Somalia, vale a dire il 40% della popolazione.

Chi sono queste donne e questi uomini impegnati in contesti difficili? Come e in quali ambiti lavorano? Qual è la motivazione che li sostiene? Osserviamo da vicino il lavoro di due esperti della DSC nel Corno d’Africa allargato.


Natacha Pugin

Funzione: membro del Corpo svizzero di aiuto umanitario, distaccata per il Programma alimentare mondiale delle Nazioni Unite in Somalia

Luogo di lavoro: Nairobi, Kenia. Spostamenti occasionali in Somalia

Durata della missione: 12 mesi


Kunow Abdi

Funzione: responsabile del programma di sicurezza alimentare per il Corno d’Africa, Ufficio di cooperazione della Svizzera in Kenia

Luogo di lavoro: Nairobi, Kenia; spostamenti nel Corno d’Africa (Kenia settentrionale, Somalia)


Progetti della DSC nel Corno d’Africa allargato

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Somalia: Strengthening State Institutions for better service delivery

01.09.2019 - 31.12.2022

Building state institutions and the capabilities of the Somali government to implement better services is of primary importance to realize the developmental objectives contained in the Somalia National Development Plan (NDP) and the Sustainable Development Goals. With the contribution to the World Bank Multi-Partner Fund (MPF) Switzerland will support the rebuilding of core state functions and the socio-economic recovery in Somalia.

Kenya: Promoting Life Skills and Livelihoods in Kakuma Refugee Camp

01.09.2019 - 31.08.2022

The Horn of Africa is marked by large numbers of displaced people[1] of whom almost 189’000 are living in Kakuma, Northern Kenya. The project Promoting Life Skills and Livelihoods contributes to enhanced capacities and economic opportunities, self-esteem, dignity and empowerment for refugees and host community through the provision of technical, life and basic skills training to youth. This provides them with improved opportunities for socio economic integration.


[1] IDPs and refugees



IGAD Land Governance Programme

01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023

Land is a source for livelihoods and a valuable economic asset in the IGAD region. Drawing on experiences from other land related partnerships at national, regional and global levels, Switzerland supports the Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD to translate continental and global land governance frameworks and guidelines into practice in order to improve access to land and tenure security for all, especially for vulnerable groups like pastoralists, women and youth.

Support to Aid Management and Coordination in Somalia

01.09.2019 - 30.06.2021

The project will support capacity development of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in the fields of Aid Coordination and Aid Effectiveness. This will contribute to the international community’s commitment to support the implementation of the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS) and National Development Plan (NDP) through strengthening national capacities for effective aid management and coordination.

Promoting Inclusive Peacebuilding and Sustainable Livelihoods through Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.

01.08.2019 - 31.07.2022

South Sudan finds itself in lasting state of fragility and chronic conflict that has impacted the social fabric of its population. The project will address deeply rooted social aspects of conflict by training and supporting young peacemakers to engage in conflict resolution and community dialogues. Combined with the promotion of youth-led businesses, the project intends to reduce the risk of the youth entering cycles of despairs and violence. Thereby, it contribute to sustainable development and a longer-term stability in South Sudan.

Ifakara Health Institute: Scaling up of research results and innovations to maximize public health impact

15.06.2019 - 14.06.2022

Investment in health research and innovation in Tanzania is a national policy priority but receives irregular public support. This contribution aims to strengthen the Ifakara Health Institute, a successful research institution with Swiss roots, to improve its research impact at policy and community levels. The intervention will also bring together researchers and end-users in an innovation hub to identify livelihood challenges of youths and innovative approaches to address these. Private sector partnerships with Swiss innovators will be primary clients of the innovation hub.

Somalia, UNFPA Support to Health, gender and Data.

01.06.2019 - 31.12.2020

The maternal mortality rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world, which puts women at a high risk in and around child birth. Support to this programme will increase access to sexual and reproductive rights and health services. The programme will also contribute to addressing gender inequality, as well as production of key population data to be used for evidence based programming in Somalia. This will improve women’s well-being, enhance family planning and, as a consequence, increase stability in the region, which is in the Swiss interest.

Tanzania Election Support 2019/2020

01.05.2019 - 30.06.2021

Since the contested 2015 Presidential elections, civic space and democratic values have been on the decline in Tanzania. The 2019 local and 2020 national elections will therefore be a crucial moment for Tanzania’s democratic trajectory, which Switzerland has supported for many years. This single phase project supports a coalition of Tanzanian Civil Society Organizations to conduct long- and short term election observation; as well as a targeted intervention in Zanzibar to promote peaceful dialogue, especially for youth.

MdM-France: Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Bosaso Basic Health Care System

01.04.2019 - 31.12.2021

This 6-year programme aims at improving health service delivery in Bosaso town (Puntland, Somalia) by integrating quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services into primary health care delivery packages. This intervention will also contribute to strengthen the emerging public health system by building the capacities of the Bosaso-based Ministry of Health and local health providers to sustain, in the long term, access to quality health services for the most vulnerable, especially women.

OVCI - Improving nutritional condition of most vulnerable groups in Juba

01.03.2019 - 30.04.2021

Malnutrition among children and other vulnerable groups remains worse as a result of the prevailing food insecurity situation in South Sudan. According to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for South Sudan, some 1.8 million people – the majority of which are children under five years - face malnutrition. Through this project, Volunteers Organization for International Co-operation (OVCI) intends to address malnutrition of vulnerable children, pregnant and lactating mothers and other destitute persons in Juba County by improving their dietary intake.

One Health Units for Humans, Environment, Animals and Livelihoods (HEAL)

01.03.2019 - 31.10.2024

Transmission of diseases between humans and animals are frequent in pastoralist societies of

Somalia, Ethiopia and Northern Kenya and related to environmental conditions. The HEAL project

promotes sustainable rangeland management and access to integrated human/livestock health

services. Thereby, it contributes to improved health, to reduced vulnerability among pastoralist

communities and to prevention of their displacement/migration, which is in the interest of Switzerland.

Social Accountability Programme 2019 - 2022

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

Against the backdrop of shrinking civic space in Tanzania, the Social Accountability Program supports four key accountability Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country. It aims to enhance transparency and accountability of public resource management at national and local level and to empower citizens – including youth and women - and local organizations to engage effectively in public oversight, decision making and advocacy on social issues of concern.

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