Working towards a just society

NAPAD is a Non-Governmental development organization that operates on a non-profit basis with principles and philosophy aimed at effective and sustainable community transformation. A group of former UN and International NGO workers with the similar vision and passion, saw the need to dedicate themselves to supporting underprivileged local Somali communities' to help them achieve social and economic development.

The organization was initially registered with the Ministry of Culture and Social Services in Kenya as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in 2004 but later changed its legal status to a Local Non- Governmental Organization (LNGO) in Somalia in 2006 and later in 2009 with the NGO Coordination Board of Kenya.

In Somalia, the organization has majorly implemented interventions in Gedo region which covers Garbaherey, Luuq districts and the Dawa pastoral livelihood zone that comprises of Dolo and Belet Hawa. While in Kenya, priority has been given to the vast Mandera County and its environs. Most of Dawa and Mandera pastoral livelihood zones are situated where the soil has low moisture and nutrient availability, as well as characterized by stoniness and limited root depth.

The main livestock species kept in these livelihood zones are goats/sheep, cattle and camels. Milk and milk products form the backbone of daily household survival and are an important dietary component, particularly for children.

Although Mandera in Kenya is the main regional livestock market serving both neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia, households in the livelihood zone also depend on village markets for trade in livestock and livestock products, including exchange and purchase of food and essential household items. Camels and cattle are sold both in Kenya and Somalia depending on prevailing market.

NAPAD has offices in Garbaharrey, Dolow, Mogadishu, Somalia, Mandera and Nairobi, Kenya. NAPAD works with local communities and their organizations to ensure that vulnerable and poverty stricken people in the Horn of Africa, particularly the riverine, pastoral and agro-pastoral communities, can enjoy peace, quality living conditions and sustainable development. This is done by amongst others supporting these communities to actively participate in and influence socio-economic and political processes that benefit them. The organization believes that peaceful coexistence among communities is a critical prerequisite for any sustainable development. The main ambition of the organization is therefore to promote and improve the livelihood systems, quality of life and the general status of vulnerable and poverty stricken people in the Horn of Africa.