The Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) is hosting its first Blue Economy Conference to raise awareness on the thrust of the Blue Economy among the key stakeholders in its member-states for enhancing of the entrenched process of economic transformation, shared prosperity and environmental stewardship for the common good of the sub-region.
The two–day conference on BE is the first regional event and offers an opportunity to discuss BE development in the IGAD region at large as well as offers platform for the region to show case its BE components and their linkages to different sub-sectors of the regional economy. It further offers the opportunities available in the region to Investment, International Donors’ communities, Development Partners, investment Funds as well as the private sector. It will also provide an opportunity to learn and get information on global and continental good experiences and practices on BE development.
The conference provides a regional multi-stakeholder, multi-sector and multi-scale platform to identify potential BE priority areas to the region and exchange on the prospects for mainstreaming BE potential priority areas into the regional and national development strategies.
The main objectives of the event are:
To create awareness on the role of BE in contributing to the socio-economic development of the region
To explore the BE Concept and Blue Growth Principles in the regional socioecological context in common but differentiated approach.
To review the development prospects and challenges of well-integrated traditional and emerging BE sectors for leapfrogging accelerated and shared growth.
To identify the capacity needs and gaps for rolling-out the envisaged BE Strategy at the national and regional levels in the spirit of effective cooperation.
The role of BE for sustainable socio-economic development understood
Best practicesdocumented and shared
Road Map for developing the envisaged IGAD Regional Strategy developed
The conference will take stock of recent research in Karamoja, northwest Kenya, and neighbouring areas of South Sudan and Ethiopia, and to draw out lessons for policy and programming. This conference will provide an opportunity for critical reflection on the different pathways to resilience in the “Karamoja Cluster”, to share new learning from the dynamics of change and innovation happening in these areas, and to promote dialogue on policy options at regional, national and local levels.
The KRSU will use the conference as a platform for researchers from Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and South Omo, Ethiopia to present their research, alongside international researchers. The conference will include topics such as:
Trends in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist livelihoods, and policy implications
Gender and development
Challenges and opportunities for equitable livestock development
Securing access to land and water
Basic services and social protection – health, education and safety nets
Drought management and drought response
Diversified and alternative livelihoods
Small towns and urban growth
The persistence of child malnutrition
Changes to governance, and local, national and regional policies
Cross border issues in the Karamoja Cluster- market integration; access to resources and reciprocity; peace and conflict management
Emerging trends – extractives, land acquisition, alcohol abuse, and the impacts of new infrastructure and communication
The 52nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52)
IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Theme: Mitigation of Climate Risks for Resilience Building
The 52nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52) will convene under the theme, ‘Mitigation of Climate Risks for Resilience Building’. It will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socioeconomic sectors, governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, decision makers and civil society stakeholders.
Organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), in collaboration with the National Meteorological Agency of Ethiopia and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Forum will include workshops on agriculture and food security, water resources, energy, health, livestock and disaster risk management (DRM).
Theme: Consolidating the Path to Resilience and Sustainability
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) inaugurated its Second Annual Resilience Share Fair under the regional organization’s Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) in Nairobi. The event, which is the second of its kind, preceded the 10th IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee Meeting, and the 6th IDDRSI General Assembly which were held on Sept. 4-5 and Sept. 6.
The IDDRSI Forum and Share Fair was a two-day program, featuring Keynote Presentations, Panel Discussions, Workshops, Break-out Sessions, Knowledge Cafés, Poster Presentations, and Exhibitions. It attracted more than 200 participants from the IGAD region, including national experts, government officials, research scientists, resilience practitioners, specialists, aid workers and regional and international staff involved in the implementation of IDDRSI and related thematic areas.
The Share Fair was hosting around nine organizations, programs, and projects active in the areas of building communities resilience to drought disasters, natural resources management, market access, pastoral disaster risk management, among others.
According to the IDDRSI Platform Coordinator at the IGAD Secretariat, Dr. John Kabayo, “The Share Fair is a regional learning event on best practices for effective coordination of IDDRSI. It promotes knowledge management for informed decision making and investment,” he said.
“The Share Fair is a framework of active discussion that provides a highly participatory engagement in free exchange of ideas and sharing of information, which enables participants from different areas to interact with and learn from on-going examples of the efforts aimed at building the resilience of the communities in the IGAD region,” Dr. Kabayo added.
The Cross Border Advisor at the German Development Agency GIZ-Djibouti, Dr. Bedru Muzein, underlined that drought resilience had been ‘one of the most important engagements of IGAD in the past six to seven years’. He also registered IGAD success ‘in implementing the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI)’ while recalling the support provided by the German government.
The Director of Technical Services at the National Drought Management Authority of Kenya, Mr. Sunya Orre, welcomed the participants and officially opened the Second Annual IGAD Resilience Share Fair.
The take-home messages and key recommendations arising from the discussions during the different sessions of the two-day program will be submitted to the meeting of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee for dissemination as resilience good practices and lessons learned
IGAD Drought Resilience Platform Steering Committee & General Assembly Meeting
Theme: IDDRSI: The next 5 years – Consolidating the path to resilience and sustainability
The forthcoming meetings of the IDDRSI Platform will discuss the revised IDDRSI programming frameworks (IDDRSI Strategy, Country Programming Papers and Regional Programming Paper), review of the progress, plans and challenges in the implementation of IDDRSI in cross-border areas; and consider the plans for IDDRSI – related events.
The implementation of IGAD’s plan to end drought emergencies, build drought resilience and achieve growth and sustainable development, now in its 7th year, has been commended as the region’s most versatile development prototype to date, which has become an effective rallying point to drive the region’s development agenda. The next 5 years are expected to advance the cause and purposes of IDDRSI to the next level; and help generate a clearer glimpse of its full potential.
A formal letter of invitation as well as information on the venue, agenda and other details of the said IDDRSI Platform meetings will be sent in due course. We greatly value your participation in the meetings and look forward to seeing you in Nairobi, Kenya.
Theme: Application of Evidence for Decision Making in Resilience Programming
The Horn of Africa Resilience Measurement Workshop was held on May 13 – 16, 2019, at Lake Victoria Serena, Entebbe, Uganda. The aim of the workshop was to discuss and explore “Application of Evidence for Decision Making in Resilience Programming”. The workshop participants included resilience analysts, policy makers, and program staff best placed to translate emerging resilience evidence from the Horn of Africa into concrete actions. The event was organized by USAID Horn of Africa Resilience Network (HORN), USAID Kenya and East Africa, the USAID Center for Resilience, Africa Lead and the Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Associate Award.
The main objectives of the workshop were to:
Understand evidence emerging from resilience research in the Horn of Africa.
Explore common resilience trends and themes across countries.
Translate learning into country plans and a future learning agenda.
The event was also attended by Christine Gottschalk, Acting Director, USAID Center for Resilience; H. E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); Greg Collins, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Food Security and USAID Resilience Coordinator and Heather Schildge, USAID Kenya/East Africa, Deputy Mission Director.
The outcomes of the workshop included the recognition that resilience measurement and analysis still is an evolving field with the process being iterative. Further, it was acknowledged that resilience capacities and responses are multidimensional and demonstrated at multiple levels calling for multiple rounds of high-level and deep dive inquiries.
Participants noted the need for deepened strategic and operational coordination between programs and actors for effective resilience building; as well as the need for responsive governments and administrations to support the resilience building activities. They further agreed that resilience programming should be scaled up to regional and cross-border areas for maximum impacts within the HoA region.
Theme: “Development of Resilience Empowering Alternative Measures for Ethiopian Lowlands”
Lowlands are often seen as backward areas, managed through pastoral communities, drought, and flood-prone, dependent on food and water aid. However, these areas have great underutilized potential. They could be self-sufficient and even important
contributors to the Ethiopian economy. The DREAM conference will take stock of tested and successful approaches developed for the lowlands in natural resource management, fodder and food production and access to water.
The DREAM conference will cover three parts:
• 29 to 30 September: Management of Prosopis juliflora, an invasive species threatening lowland and semi-arid environments
• 1 October: Field day visiting successful approaches in some woredas
• 2 to 3 October: DREAM conference on Stock Taking of Successful Approaches and Defining the Way Forward
The DREAM conference will be hosted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and GIZ SDR, facilitated by the Flood-based Livelihoods Network / MetaMeta. Take part and get registered to receive further information: Dream ASAL Conference 2019 email@example.com
ICPALD and FAO are jointly implementing the IGAD -FAO Partnership Programme on Drought Resilience (IGAD-FAO PP) in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The Project Document provides for IGAD grants to community organizations identified through a CMDRR process and whose proposals for funding have been approved by the Grant Award Committee. IGAD has developed a Grant Management Manual for use by its officers and partners to guide the grant management process. The IGAD – FAO PP is the first project where IGAD is practically implementing the Grant Manual and more so by giving grants to community based Organizations. This has necessitated capacity building of officers to better manage the grant cycle.The objective of this activity is to train officers in finance, procurement and programs from both ICPALD and the Secretariat on various aspects of grant management to equip them with hands- on skills to better manage the various aspects of the grant management processes. These include Development of call for proposals, submission, evaluation, award, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting. The training is planned to run for four (4) days and facilitated by a consultant.
The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) and partners are jointly organizing the Fifty Fourth Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook (GHACOF 54) to be held in Mombasa, Kenya from 27 to 29 January 2020. It will be held within the framework of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional strategy for mainstreaming climate information in key socioeconomic sectors for sustainable development. Its theme will be “Managing Climate-Related Risks for Resilience”.
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