Is Afghanistan better than Somalia

Somalia and Afghanistan: starting over at home

Whether wars, droughts or famines - people usually only flee their homeland in the face of great hardship and return there as soon as the situation allows. However, they often need assistance to restart. That is why GIZ is helping various countries, including Somalia and Afghanistan, to develop new perspectives in their old homeland.

SOMALIA: FOR A GOOD START INTO A NEW LIFE

From the ice cream stand to your own business, from the hawker to a permanent store - many small success stories are currently being written in Kismayo, Somalia. In the port city, which takes in most of the returnees and internally displaced persons in the country, they receive the decisive impetus for the start of a new life: For example, they can be trained in the professional fields of electrics, crafts, solar technology or in management skills for a small business.

Anyone who wants to set up a company and needs start-up capital will also receive support, advice and support. The local population can also use the offers. On behalf of the Federal Development Ministry, GIZ supports Kismayo in integrating returnees and internally displaced persons into everyday life and in doing so also involving the local community. That opens up new opportunities. And these are particularly important in a country that had been engulfed in civil war for more than two decades and was considered a failed state. So that the hard-won progress is not jeopardized again.

Return of Somali refugees from neighboring countries

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AFGHANISTAN: BETTER CHANCES OF A SECURE EXISTENCE

Giving the local economy new impetus and thereby helping the local population and returnees alike: This is the goal of the Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP) project in six northern provinces of Afghanistan. On behalf of the Federal Development Ministry, GIZ supports start-ups and trains people from agriculture and small businesses, for example, in how to better manufacture, sell or market agricultural products. Above all, this should improve the starting chances of the many thousands of Afghans who are currently returning to their home country, most of them from neighboring countries such as Pakistan or Iran.

SUKRI HARED, PARTICIPANT IN BUSINESS TRAINING AND SHOPKEEPER IN KISMAYO





“My business life has completely changed as a result of the training; I now understand how to run a business. My future looks much brighter as a result. I am very grateful for that."