RAAS stands Rainwater Association of Somalia. In Somali language the acronym of the association (RAAS) has two meanings; first it denotes “Habitation” and secondly “Family”.


Rainwater Association of Somalia (RAAS) is national/international membership association of NGOs, CBOs, and Professional Associations, research/Education institutions, private companies, individuals, government departments and international partners those are actively involved or genuinely interested in promoting rainwater harvesting and utilizing. RAAS was established in June 2005 by a group of Somali professionals who attended rainwater harvesting exhibition in Nairobi and found documents on rainwater networks in the region and were catalyzed by the apparent lack of such an initiative; in spite of the need for it in their country that lies within the Sahelian zone and frequently affected by perennial droughts, floods that led to famine, destruction and environmental degradation. This inspired them to form RAAS in-order to enhance the dissemination of RWH information, experiences, technologies as well as to promote the coordination and networking among national/international stakeholders involved in RWH activities in Somalia.



RAAS obtained endorsement letter from the Office of the President of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia on October 2005, as well as joined to the larger family of the Rainwater Harvesting partnerships including the Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership [GHARP], Southern and eastern Africa Rainwater Network (Sear-Net) and International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was also joined to Water, Sanitation and Infrastructure Sectoral Committee [WSISC] of the Somali Aid Coordination Body [SACB] currently Known as Somalia Support Secretariat (SSS).



Somalia has a lot of traditional rainwater harvesting techniques, that have been developed indigenously by the people ages ago, that are not well developed and rarely known outside it’s borders, which we would like to share with family of RWH, at the same time, we would like to learn from RWH technologies and approaches within the region and in the globe.

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