Strategic Objective: Strengthen and support equitable and safe access to livelihoods and basic social services.


  1. Enhance equitable access to resources, organized markets and social services (including pasture, range, land, energy, water, sanitation, health, education and pro-poor financial services
  2. Enhance livestock, fisheries and wildlife health, production, processing, marketing, trade and management.
  3. Enhance bio-security and bio-safety of ASAL production systems, products, trade and mobility systems 
  4. Enhance agricultural production and productivity
  5. Enhance income diversification
  6. Promote productive social and safety nets
  7. Support women involvement, participation and representation in decision making on livelihoods support and provision of basic social services
  8. Promote bio-resources and bio-security of pastoral production and value chains
  9. Support research and human capital development in livelihood support and basic social services; and 
  10. Promote equitable access to education, healthcare, safe water and sanitation 


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The Role of Groundwater in Drought Resilience in the IGAD Region

26-07-2017, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in partnership with the World Bank this morning opened a two-day workshop aimed at considering The role of Groundwater in Drought Resilience in the IGAD Region under the chairmanship of the Director of Boundary and Transboundary Rivers Affairs Directorate of Ethiopia, Mr. Teshome Atnafi, the Programme Manager of Natural Resources and Renewable Energy, Mr Daher Elmi, and Senior Water Resources Management Specialist-World Bank Washington, Mr. Marcus Wijnen. 


  • The IGAD region covers an area of 5.2 million km2
  • IGAD region has a population of more than 240 million people
  • The region is endowed with a considerable range of natural resources, with a huge potential for a variety wealth creation and progress.
  • About 70% of the IGAD region comprises arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) that receive less than 600mm in annual rainfall and are characterized by recurrent drought.
  • Over the years, severity and frequency of droughts have been increasing and desertification, land degradation, global warming and related climate change phenomena exacerbated it
  • The IGAD region has a strategic place in the Horn of Africa.
  • IGAD is focused for regional economic cooperation and integration.
  • The ultimate goal of IGAD is the welfare of its population in the form of human security and to maintain peace and security for sustainable development

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