The state collapse and civil war in Somalia followed by years of inter-clan conflict that led to excessive destruction of both public and private infrastructures arising from lawlessness and chaos resulted in the formation of WARDI Relief and Development Initiatives.
The Organization was established by a group of professionals from different backgrounds (water, sanitation, health, agriculture, livestock, education, environment, social sciences, political economics, humanitarian sector, and research institutions) committed to contributing to humanitarian relief and development for the people of the Horn of Africa.

WARDI Relief & Development Initiatives is a national non-profit making and non-governmental organization founded on 20 June 1993 and registered under the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the transitional Federal Government of Somalia. WARDI is also registered in Kenya with the NGO Coordination Board of Kenya though the NGO Coordination Act of 1992. Our organization particularly targets the most vulnerable members of the society, notably women and children.
The main programme intervention areas include WASH, Health, Livelihoods, Education, Skills Development, and human rights issues, with a focus on Protection, HIV/AIDs, and Gender (women and youth empowerment, through civic education, skills development, intensive employment, and Income Generation Activities (IGA).


Working directly with beneficiary communities and their representatives to achieve human rights, sustainable humanitarian services, and equitable socio-economic development that promote peace and justice.


We envision our organization enabling all people in the community to live with dignity, freedom, and prosperity










  • To improve protection and rights among vulnerable people including IDPs (Internally-Displaced Persons) and Refugees.
  • To increase access to public health care among vulnerable poor households in both urban and rural areas of Somalia.
  • To promote sustainable and low cost WASH interventions in rural and urban settlements.
  • To promote sustainable agricultural/livestock production technologies, ensuring improved food security and reducing food aid-dependency levels in Somalia.
  • To increase access to education at all levels including skills and vocational training.
  • To promote sustainable, community-based natural resource management, and integrated livelihood diversification to improve the long-term resilience of the community.
  • To promote good governance and gender equity with special focus on women/girls’ empowerment and elimination of all forms of violence against women including FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), rape, domestic violence, etc.


We envision WARDI as an institution characterised by the following values:
a) Accountability to our stakeholders through their ownership of and involvement in the work of the organization.
b) Promoting transparency, openness, freedom of expression and social responsibility.
c) Empowerment, Equality of opportunity, and Feminist principles integrated in the development and implementation of our programmes.
d) Professionalism that adds value to the challenges of redefining human security and peace-building by establishing a knowledge base of lessons that can be shared across class and gender divides.
e) Humility in the course of work and respect for diverse views.