Shaqodoon is a National NGO which aims to support livelihood and other development programs in Somaliland, Puntland, Galmudug and South Central Somalia.
Shaqodoon is the upshot of former EDC livelihood project, Somali Youth Livelihoods Program supported by EDC and funded by USAID that provided youth living in Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central Somalia with greater opportunities to access work, training, internship and self-employment opportunities. Shaqodoon is a Somali word for “jobseekers”.
The NGO continues to prepare and link ‘Shaqodoon’ with the local business community, other potential employers and over and above encourage the youth to inculcate an entrepreneurial culture. In addition, Shaqodoon will expand to work Health and Conflict resolutions using varies of effective methodologies.
Shaqodoon will utilize innovative cell phone and web-based technologies (InfoMatch and InfoMatch Plus) to communicate between those offering career opportunities and youth looking for work. In addition it will provide a platform for NGO’s to deliver SMS/Voice based information to youth and wider community. This service will be accessible to a wide variety of community members including youth, from those with low literacy levels to secondary school and university graduates. Engagement of the majority of youth in gainful employment will add to peace, stability and development of the whole region in the Horn of Africa. The NGO is a brainchild of some former EDC staff and will continue offering these needed services.