The organization for Somali Protection and Development abbreviated as OSPAD is a voluntary nonprofit and nongovernmental organization formed with the aim of promoting the current situation of Somali people through improvement of human rights situation, social services and HIV/AIDS prevention awareness, employment opportunities through marketable skills, good governance, food security and emergency responses.
The Organization for Somalis’ Protection and Development OSPAD was established on May 14TH, 2000 by a group of Somali intellectuals, social experts, and human rights activists. OSPAD is nonprofit making, non political and non sectarian. The aim behind the founding of this organization was to focus on the devastating problems faced by the Somalis inside their country especially severe conditions related to human rights violations and social development setback that has befallen on the Somali people as a result of the civil war. Founders of OSPAD felt that something must be done very quickly to safeguard and restore the lost dignity and social life wellbeing of the Somali people.