The South West State Drought Recovery (SWS-DR) program in Qansadhere was developed in response to the effects of drought in Somalia. The drought had decimated the livelihoods of the agro pastoralist hence the need to provide support that could prevent further deterioration and enhance the rate of recovery. The resilience program supported households and communities to recover, adapt and diversify their livelihoods and asset base in order to cope effectively during harsh dry seasons and disaster episodes. With SomReP’s approach of quick recovery from shock, the program promoted local absorptive and adaptive capacity of households and communities. Funded by European Union the intervention increased the resilience of chronically 9,000 vulnerable, households and communities in targeted pastoral and peri-urban livelihood zones.