The Rainwater Association of Somalia (RAAS) is a national non-governmental professional association that brings together with individuals and institutions of diverse professional backgrounds including but not limited NGOs, CBOs, private sector, common interest groups (CIGs), education and research institutions shared with common vision of sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic developments equal to all people in Somalia. It was officially formed on the 16thJune 2005 and legally registered with the government of Somalia on 20th July 2005.
RAAS is a member of the larger regional and global networks including the Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership (GHARP), which brings together with national rainwater associations of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania. Ithas also full membership of the Southern & Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (Sear-Net) that brings together national rainwater associations in Eastern and Southern Africa countries including GHARP members. RAAS is also member of International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA), Global Water Partnership (GWP), Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), Earth Charter International (ECI), Freshwater Action Network (FAN), African Civil Society Network on Water & Sanitation (ANEW), Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), World Toilet Organization (WTO), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and Arab Countries Water Utility Association (ACWUA). RAAS is also active member of larger humanitarian co-ordination structures in Somalia since 2005 and partner with several UN-Agencies and international NGOs including but not limited to UNICEF, FAO, WFP, ICRAF/Sear-Net and RAIN-Foundation-Netherland
In conclusion, RAAS has effective working relation and partnership with key government institutions including the Ministry of National Resource (comprises of combined ministries of water, environment, agriculture, livestock and fishery), the Ministry of Social Services (comprises of the ministries of health, education, women, youth, culture and sports). RAAS alsoworks directly with beneficiary communities through its regional branch offices (RBOs) and constantly applies gender and conflict sensitive community based participatory approach into designing, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all its interventions in order to ensure effectiveness, ownership and sustainability, while capacity building of the beneficiary communities is a fundamental component of all its interventions