SAACID
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SAACID Sister Organisations

SAACID was originally established in October 1990 under Somali presidential law as a not-for-profit community-based organisation. At that time, there was no local NGO presence, but that didn’t stop some dedicated Somali women - committed to the development of their people - from establishing the first Somali women’s Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

These women realised the vital role played by NGOs in developing countries - and their ability to directly alleviate suffering and engender hope. They also saw a desperate need for intervention in Somalia and proposed not to sit back and watch. Being indigenous to the country, they had a unique ability to access the grassroots; and have since been able to implement many very successful programmes in concert with local communities - growing to become one of the largest NGOs in Somalia.

SAACID was initially established with a mandate for women's empowerment on 3 October 1990. When the Somali government fell in January 1991, SAACID expanded its mandate to include emergency relief and conflict transformation.

In 1992, SAACID again, expanded its mandate to include health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene. In 1994, SAACID further expanded its mandate to include livelihoods - including micro credit. In 1996, SAACID included education  into its portfolio.

In 1998, SAACID formally changed the organisation's focus from humanitarian emergency to development. SAACID believes that it is only through a sustained development focus that Somalia can drag itself out of the mire of poverty and conflict. In 1998, SAACID agreed to develop an Business Enterprise sector, as a means to provide recurrent funding for long-term programming - such as in education and health, etc. To date, SAACID remains completely unsuccessful in instituting business enterprises to make SAACID more economically sustainable.

In 2001, SAACID further expanded to include governance. Finally, in 2003, SAACID again expanded its mandate to include a research section.

As an indigenous NGO, SAACID has struggled to receive international recognition and funding.

In 2001, an Australian sister organisation (SAACID-Australia) was established to better facilitate financial and technical support for SAACID-Somalia; and facilitate a better international image.

In 2008, SAACID-International was established in the US. SAACID-International also provides technical and financial support for SAACID-Somalia; and has further developed SAACID's international image.