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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Kenya: Empowering refugees and host communities in Dadaab through market-led solutions (EMPOWER)

01.07.2024 - 30.06.2028

The project envisages to unlock the potential of displacement-affected communities (DACs) by providing access to capital, skills development, market opportunities and entrepreneur-friendly policies. The project aims to deliver on long-term economic growth, self-reliance and decreased dependency of DACs on aid. This sustainable approach offers a pathway out of poverty and towards thriving entrepreneurial livelihoods in Kenya.

Provision of CCCM, protection and social cohesion responses to Sudan crisis affected populations in Renk and Manyo Counties, Upper Nile

01.06.2024 - 31.12.2024

To respond to the needs of the growing number of refugees and returnees crossing the border into South Sudan due to the ongoing crisis in the Sudan, both in camp and host community settings. The intervention will improve CCCM, WASH2 and protection in Renk town, in the Transit Center (TC) at Renk and in the Reception Centre (RC) in Joda and Manyo.

Good Financial Governance (GFG)

01.05.2024 - 30.04.2027

The project contributes to strengthen Tanzania’s public financial system, a central element to cement its economic status. The 3rd phase aims at expanding the mobilization of domestic revenue and improving the government’s expenditure control. It shall strengthen interinstitutional mechanisms for tax data exchange, enhance the audit system, and improve public procurement. At policy level, it seeks to develop an evidence-based and gender responsive fiscal strategy for better public service delivery to benefit the population, especially the poor.

Community Health Provision in Somalia (CHASP)

01.05.2024 - 30.04.2027

The programme provides maternal and child health services in Somalia in targeted facilities. It strengthens the capacities of regional and district health authorities including of health personnel working in these facilities. The programme promotes access in terms of basic health services and skilled health personnel at decentralized levels. This is connected to the Swiss interest of promoting service provision and good governance capacities especially at grassroot levels, which also feeds into the transformation/ development agenda of Somalia.

Safeguard Young People (SYP) - Tanzania

Safeguard Young People Programme

01.01.2024 - 31.12.2026

With 62% of its population below 25 years, the Safeguard Young People (SYP) programme supports Tanzania’s demographic dividend. The project advances young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through a gender-responsive and inclusive policy environment, empowered youth who make informed decisions, and responsive health and education systems. SYP builds on 10 years of regional experience and UNFPA’s expertise.

2024 Additional allocation to WFP Country Strategic Plans (NHF)

01.01.2024 - 31.12.2024

The war in Sudan entered its second year. Sudan is facing a major humanitarian catastrophe. The conflict also affected neighbouring countries, in particular Chad and South Sudan who are already struggling with a dire humanitarian situation that pre-existed before the conflict broke out. The consequences of the war exacerbated the acute food insecurity situation in those countries. With additional funding, SDC reinforces WFP’s emergency response to deliver life-saving food and nutrition assistance in Sudan, Chad and South Sudan.

Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF)

Ms. Maria Maguta, TASAF beneficiary in Katavi Region.

01.10.2023 - 30.09.2025

Switzerland’s contribution to Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) for the implementation of the Productive Social Safety Net Program (PSSN) contributes to the protection of 1.5 milion poor households in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar through cash transfers, public works and livelihoods enhancement. Also evidence generated through this support will inform and reinforce Swiss engagement in national policy dialogue on social protection, beyond PSSN. 

Supporting returnee and host communities to rebuild livelihoods, generate income, and peacefully improve and manage natural resources for short-term relief and long-term food security (Triple Nexus) in South Sudan

01.07.2023 - 30.09.2025

This project will support returnees and the host communities to rebuild their livelihoods, generate income, and peacefully improve and manage natural resources for short-term relief and long-term food security. This will be achieved through increased food production, sustainable management and governance of natural resources, initiating alternative income opportunities, non-violent conflict resolution and GBV prevention. This intervention aligns with the humanitarian, peace and development nexus and will contribute to durable solutions. 

South Sudan: Plan International, Integrated Protection, Skills Building and Learning for Empowerment of Adolescents, Youth, families and communities in Yei, Morobo and Kajokeji

15.06.2023 - 14.06.2025

This project seeks to complement the previous phase of an integrated protection intervention. It will build on key successes, achievements and key lessons learned through the provision of integrated life-saving emergency child protection services, skills building, empowerment of adolescent youth and communities in the targeted locations. 

Enhancing Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities and Ecosystems in South Sudan

01.06.2023 - 31.05.2026

Local authorities and communities will be strengthened in their technical and managerial capacities to reduce people’s livelihood exposure, vulnerability and resilience to floods and drought thus increasing food production and reduce food insecurity as well as displacement of people and competition over natural resources. This will be achieved through improved communication, coordination and knowledge-sharing, early warning systems and appropriate legislation. 

SUD, NRC Emergency Responses 2023

01.06.2023 - 30.11.2024

Millions of people in Sudan are facing critical shortages of food, water, sanitation, shelter, non-food items, as well as access to basic education, psychosocial support and protection since the outbreak of fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on 15 April 2023. Based on its sectoral and technical areas of expertise, NRC therefore developed a multi-sectoral emergency response plan incl. multi-purpose cash, emergency shelter/ NFI, WASH, education assistance, and protection interventions

Consolidating Community Recovery, Peace-building and Local Governance (COMPEL)

01.05.2023 - 31.12.2025

Somalia is slowly emerging from one of the most complex and protracted conflicts. Over the past decade, peacebuilding and state-building processes, while navigating conflict, climate crisis and political fragility, maintained an incrementally positive trajectory. In investing in civil society engagement and building of local institutions and capacities all over Somalia, Switzerland is contributing in the establishment and strengthening of sustainable, community-driven, inclusive institutions necessary to deliver services and sustainable peace. 

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