Sool, Sanaag and Hawd Development Association (SSHDA) is a non-profit, non-political development organization, whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of Somali people both here in the host country of Finland and in the country of origin, Somalia. SSHDA currently operates in the northern regions of Sool, Sanaag and Hawd in Somalia, where it has implemented numerous development projects targeting the nomadic communities of northern Somalia.

The project area


The Organization humanitarian and relief work is aimed at building and rehabilitating schools, water systems, and supporting sustainable economic development in Sool, Sanaag and Hawd regions.

Also SSHDA has been actively working in environmental projects that aim to ensure the fragile ecosystem in northern Somalia is well protected from man-made and climate change challenges through interventions that ensures grassroots participation in the protection of the environment and subsequent regeneration of vegetative cover.

The organization was founded in 1997 in Helsinki under the name of Mahura Association with an affiliate office in Northern America. In 2003, the Mahura Association was later renamed Sool, Sanaag and Hawd Development Association (SSHDA) to reflect the regions in Somalia the organization was focusing on in implementing development projects.

The Association is driven by the commitment of building the social economic resilience of the nomadic communities to withstand both man-made and natural disasters through participatory engagement and empowerment of the local communities in Sool, Sanaag and Hawd regions of northern Somalia.

Our area of intervention is in education, health, environment, and emergency relief. Our development work is based on human rights, gender equality and human dignity. We aim to link sustainable development and human rights through partnership and advocacy. We empower marginalized groups like widows and minorities to enable them better utilize their resources and we support them to establish methodically sustainable livelihood.


Realization of an empowered, just and equitable Somalia.


To advocate for a better Somali society through advocacy, culture of education, empowerment and partnership in order to contribute to sustainable development agenda for Somalia.

Organization Objectives:

To advocate for actions that increases resilience and enhance adaptive capacities of the vulnerable nomadic population of northern Somalia and their environment. To facilitate participatory management of the natural resources by the local nomadic communities. To equip the nomadic children of northern Somalia with the necessary education, skills and capacities to be agents of sustainable change in Somalia. Building the capacity of the nomadic women and girls, so that they can be able to embrace the changing times and mitigate against factors that leads to their marginalisation.  

Structure of governance

 sshda-board The association is managed by a Board of Directors, which is elected at the member’s annual meeting and consisting of a chairman, deputy chairman, secretary, treasurer and one board member. The term of the board is one year. board-meeting

Cooperation and partners.

SSHDA is an active member of Finnish Somali Network (FSN) a 28-member umbrella organization, whose aim is to promote peace and development in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. SSHDA is also KEPA member through FSN. We also collaborate with Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which funds 85% of the nomadic development projects. SSHDA partners with Nomadic Development Organization (NDO) in Northern Somalia, and they oversee and implements the nomadic development projects on behalf of SSHDA. We also collaborate with Buhodle and Las- anod regional authorities, WHO, WFP, ADRA, UNICEF, ADESO AFRICA, and CARE INTERNATIONAL regional offices in Somalia for information exchange of ongoing and completed projects and support.


Junailijankuja 10, 00520 Helsinki E-mail: Tel: +35897262350, mobile. +358400152441 Chairman: Abdulghani Ahmed Duale, tel. +358442827275 Secretary: Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdi. Tel. +358400152441, E-mail.  

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