The Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program (DRSLP) is a long-term program developed by the African Development Bank and the IGAD Member States to build communities’ resilience to drought and climate change shocks improve their livelihood and promote regional integration in the Horn of Africa. Designed to be implemented in a series of 5-year projects, the program is expected to develop infrastructure for water mobilization and management; and agriculture and livestock production, health and marketing. The first project, DRSLP I, which includes support to the IGAD Secretariat in its coordination role, was approved on 12 December 2012 for a total amount of UA 91.2 million in loans and grants. DRSLP II for a total amount of UA 81.667 million was approved on 26 November 2014. DRSLP III, approved in December 2015, for a total amount of UA 31.176 million, was aimed at scaling up program interventions in Djibouti and Sudan. Implementation of the three projects is now underway in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan. Sudan and Somalia each appointed the IGAD Secretariat to act as its Third Party to receive and administer resources from the African Development Bank as provided for in the second and third projects of DRSLP. A Fund Management Unit was subsequently established at the IGAD Secretariat.

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