Measuring Our Impact in Somaliland

At ShelterBox, we’ll do anything to help families affected by disaster or conflict.

But our work doesn’t stop once we deliver aid. We make sure that our aid has made a significant impact to the livelihoods of the families we’ve reached. And we do that by conducting post-distribution monitoring to the areas we’ve helped.

All About Post-Distribution Monitoring

What is post-distribution monitoring?

Put simply, post-distribution monitoring is an exercise whereby ShelterBox teams return to visit families several days or weeks after aid distributions to gather feedback reports from the families who received ShelterBox aid.

Why do we need to do it?

We put the people caught up in distress in the center of everything we do.

This means that it’s not enough that we provide emergency shelter aid, but that we also make sure that the families’ short-term, emergency shelter needs are met.

The feedback we get from families who received aid also helps us influence our future decisions and make improvements with disaster responses. These decisions improve families’ well-being, sustained livelihoods, community resilience for future disasters, and carve the road to self-recovery.

Post-distribution monitoring in Somaliland

Somaliland is experiencing the worst drought the country has seen in years, with 2.6 million people forced to leave their homes and 85% of livestock dying off as a result. Since 2017, we have provided emergency aid to 3,441 families in the region of Somaliland.

Map showing Horn of East Africa with capital city of Somaliland, Hargeisa, highlighted.

ActionAid, our implementing partner in Somaliland, has carried out post-distribution monitoring on our behalf.

This was held after our second round of distributions in the region, using a sample of 286 people who received our aid.

The aid items we’ve provided in Somaliland throughout this distribution included tarpaulins, tool kits, ground mats, blankets, water carriers, water filters, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, solar lights and ShelterBoxes.

Our Findings

We believe that by achieving basic elements such as the provision of shelter and other emergency aid, families will be in a better position for long-term recovery.

The figures below show the research results which relate to our long-term goals.

of respondents said they had slept better since receiving our aid.
of respondents said the items protected their personal belongings, using the ShelterBox as storage.
of respondents said that the shelter items had protected them from the weather.
of respondents said that water carriers helped them to access portable water.
of respondents said the items provided kept them at a comfortable temperature during the day.
of respondents said the items provided kept them at a comfortable temperature at night.


Rebuilding communities

Photo of Bihi

In total, we have provided support to 3,441 families like Bihi’s in Somaliland.

77-year-old Bihi was living in a camp in Bali Mataan. Bihi was unable to provide food to his family after he’d lost all his livestock to the ruthless drought.

Together with his family he fled his home and arrived at the camp in search of food and safe shelter.

The family were provided with tarpaulin to help shelter them from the severe weather, and other essential aid items including water carriers and filters, mosquito nets, solar lights, and a kitchen set so they can begin to rebuild their lives.

Explore Our Aid

See the place we are living, we do not have a proper shelter. So this is very useful and it suits us. We are very grateful for what we have received. Thank you for this. – Bihi

Disasters don't stop

Our work will never stop until we see a world where no family is left without shelter in the face of a devastating disaster or devastating conflict. Have a look at some of the other countries in the world where families received ShelterBox shelter and essential aid.


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