ENHANCING COMMUNITY COHESION THROUGH CONSTRUCTION OF MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
By Deegan Bile project in Buqaloc and Qoryaweyne villages in Galkacyo District
Using a participatory community consultation process, the communities in Buqaloc and Qoryaweyne have agreed to co-fund the construction of a multipurpose community center.
Buqaloc and Qoryaweyn are locations surrounded by large pastoral land where nomadic pastoralists live and whose key source of livelihood are livestock. There is a smaller settlement with few semi-permanent residents in these two locations. The main town is Afbarwaqo and because of climate change and environmental degradation, which negatively impacts these communities, pastoralists are forced to move to other places with better opportunities, leaving the children, women, and the elderly behind in the two locations. In addition, there are also pastoralists who have completely lost their livestock and have permanently resettled in the two locations thereby increasing the village population and in turn the demand for access to water and food sold.
The two communities have come together to contribute to the Deegan Bile matching grant project, which will supplement funds raised by the community at a predetermined ratio. Communities in this area typically look to clan elders and other community leaders to resolve natural resource related conflicts (water and pasture). As a result, community members tend to lack the infrastructure to hold such meetings for discussion. The centers will support natural resource conflict management practices that optimize resources and reduce risk and vulnerability. The center will also support women groups with access to a meeting room for discussion and business organization. In addition to that, the center will also include rooms with fridges to store milk and fodder for domestic use for sale. The total cost of the project is $90,000, with the community expected to contribute $10,000 with IOM matching the contribution with $80,000.