DAN Horn of Africa
Disability Action Network (DAN) is an NGO based in Hargeisa, Somaliland. It caters for the persons with disabilities of all age.

 DAN embraces the social model of disability in a rights based approach; we look at society and the environment as the sources of the barriers against the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities. We therefore aim to change society in which persons with disabilities live by removing or minimizing the attitudinal, physical, informational and communication barriers, as well as legilative, procedural and programmatic barriers.

We work with different supporting partners including Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA), World Vision International, ABILIS Foundation and "A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO)" and with various agencies of Somaliland Government. 

We strongly beleive that the removal of societal and environmental barriers and accommodation of people with disabilities is the right way to ensure full inclusion and participation in society of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.

DAN carries out two types of programmes: humanitarian work done in emergencies, and long-term development work; both actions focus on inclusion actions and specific services for children and adults with disabilities.

DAN’s core business involves an exclusive focus on services which address the needs of the most vulnerable of Persons with Disabilities. Its priority focus include serving War Victims with Disabilities, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with disabilities, Children with Disabilities, Women with Disabilities and Child Protection issues.

Disability Action Network (DAN) was established in 2002 out of the aspirations of local people to address issues of disabilities amongst children and adults in a post-war context of Somaliland. 

People with disabilities in Somalia are often disregarded by their families because they are thought to be a burden to the family and add stigma to the community. Therefore, it is up to civil society organizations to take care of them, to develop a collective conciousness and challenge society's disabling barriers so that people with disabilities can enjoy their rights to live a prosperous and independant life..

Our inclusion action and specific service delivery include reaching out to the hard to reach rural villages and settlements of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 5 regions. Besides, the organization runs a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) using a home based service delivery, one-on-one and group psychosocial counselling and referral system.


An inclusive Somaliland society in which all persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups realize their full potential, and enjoy equal rights and opportunities.


DAN exists to empower persons with disabilities and their families/care-givers through disability inclusion, as well as improved and equitable access to specific services that make the inclusion easy.


  • Equality and Equity
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Respect and Protection of Human Rights
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Neutrality
  • Empowerment
  • Networking and Linkages
  • Gender Sensitivity.
  • Participation.
  • Spirit of Teamwork.
  • Ethical Conduct (i.e. Confidentiality and Informed Consent)
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Adhering to Quality Standards and Legal Frameworks.


  1.  Ensure humanitarian action and development programmes are inclusive and equitably accessible to the persons with disabilities, lift barriers that keep them from accessing services, and ensure their participation.
  2. Provide specific services that address the disability related needs and enhance participation such as mobility devices and physiotherapy.
  3.  Limit and prevent developmental delays in children under the age of 5 affected by severe and moderate acute malnutrition (SAM & MAM).
  4. .Lobby and advocate for mainstreaming of disability issues in policies, legal statues and service delivery in humanitarian action and development programs.
  5. Strengthen and sustain diversified capacities for DAN, its clients and stakeholders.


  1. To facilitate the mainstreaming of disabilities in all strategic areas of development and humanitarian action by ensuring authentic participation of persons with disabilities.
  2. To facilitate the provision of comprehensive quality rehabilitation services to enhance the participation and empowerment of clients with disabilities.
  3. To provide inclusive stimulative therapy and psycho-social support for severely malnourished children in drought affected zones in Somaliland.
  4. To facilitate continuous staff capacity, competencies and motivation enhancement in order to respond to work related challenges.
  5. To explore creative and innovative ways of mobilizing resources for sustainable operations of DAN.


We are greatful to STARS Foundation for kindly funding the development of this website.