Creative Alternatives Now | "Innovative Ideas for Humanity"


Creative Alternatives Now (CAN) was established in 2011 by a group of Somali diaspora and non-Somalis based in Canada, the UK and in East Africa. The founding members of CAN were extremely moved, and some were personally affected, by the 2011 drought that ravaged the East Africa region and decided to act in response. We are a group of passionate humanitarian and development change agents who are committed to give back and support communities to overcome poverty and conflict. This bold initiative resulted in CAN collaborating with HOPE International to respond to the 2011 Somalia drought and famine situation by identifying and helping families who had not yet received help or were unable to access aid as the crisis continued to deepen. Today CAN is a full registered entity in Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya.


CAN's purpose is to create, stimulate and support change and to offer new thinking and alternative approaches to development and peace building as well as assessing and enhancing those that exist already.


Our Values


- CAN is an independent organisation that strives for accountability, transparency and integrity.

- CAN brings about long-term sustainable change by bringing together and working with national and local partners and the international community.

- CAN strives to be a diverse organisation, working inclusively and respecting the views of the communities.


Colloaboration and Partnership


Colllaboration and Partnership

We have put effort into networking and working in collaboration with others. We have made partnerships with number of local and international organisations based in the Africa and globally. CAN has partnered with a number of organisations to develop innovative actions and community-level projects. CAN have partnered with UNSOM, HOPE International, CFLI Canadian Embassy, Intermediaries Development Consultants (iDC), LCPI and CLIC (Canadian Leadership in International Consulting Inc). CAN is also a member of a WASH Support Group consisting of local NGOs, INGOs and Donors discussion on alternative channels and approaches to support the inaccessible and the excluded communities and households in South Central Somalia. The group is led by Centre for Humanitarian Change(CHC).