About Us

Background of the Organization

Barwaaqo Voluntary Organization (BVO) is a non-political, non-governmental and non-profit making development action-oriented and advocacy organization that was founded in 1996 by a committed gender balanced group in Somaliland. The organization understood that its domain needs to be as wide as the issues faced by the millions of underprivileged throughout the country. Barwaaqo Voluntary Organization strives to perform social development work in Somaliland. BVO nurtures the status of being a formal NGO.

Fast growing environmental challenges and climate change are imposing an additional stress on the environment, and the livelihoods that depend on it. BVO has been implementing climate change environmental protection and livelihood programmes in the country and enables the finding of solutions to Somaliland’s environmental challenges.

BVO fights hunger and promotes poverty reduction, human rights, women and child rights and justice for all. It has taken up the women and children rights,

It engages the wider social context of the systemic barriers faced by different women and children in Somaliland. BVO strives to ensure that every one has access to justice because if justice isn’t accessible there will be no rights and access to justice is important for the development of a country’s economy.

BVO advocates the availability of legal aid service for everyone.

BVO has also been involved women political participation and economical empowerments, and provides FGM awareness campaigns as well implement projects aimed to tackle the Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Somaliland.



BVO envisions a community where people enjoying their rights with dignity and living in prosperity


To work closely with the local communities, particularly women and children, in order to ensure positive socio-economic change and sustainable natural resource management.