Since we operate in such complex and often unstable environments, the 10th principle of the UN Global Compact is especially relevant to us. It requires participants to not only avoid corruption, but also to develop policies and concrete programmes to address it.
Combatting human trafficking and sexual exploitation
In 2018, following a noticeable increase in the number of prostitutes in the bars of Bangui, we decided to draw special attention to our Anti-Slavery Human Trafficking Policy and Sexual Exploitation Policy.
More sustainable snacks
After analysing the impacts of importing and storing large volumes of wraps at our Mogadishu site, we decided to upgrade our own kitchen equipment and make the wraps in-house instead.
Optimising water use and reducing plastic waste
In Mogadishu, we installed two large reverse osmosis (RO) units to provide drinking water for our entire camp. Water is pumped from a 50-metre deep borehole and led to the RO units, which treat it to drinkable quality.
New laundry design saves water and energy
In 2018, we piloted a new laundry design at two camps in CAR and one in Somalia. The equipment filters and recycles water at various stages of the wash process so it can be reused for the washing cycle of the next load.
Success in Somalia founded on respect
When RA first started working in Somalia in 2009, the country faced severe challenges. There was a transitional government, virtually no infrastructure and the local population had lived much of their lives in a conflict-ridden state.
Perseverance pays off in Mpoko
In 2015, the UN initiated a youth employment project in Mpoko, a suburb of Bangui, Central African Republic. Its goal was to help the young, including former combatants, back into employment.