Strategic Objective: Promote equitable and significant Disaster Risk Management, Preparedness and Effective Response in the IGAD region.


  1. Developing early warning and response systems for effective climate and drought resilience building and management systems
  2. Integration of drought disaster resilience building in the implementation of disaster preparedness, response and recovery programmes in IGAD region.
  3. Mainstream drought disaster resilience building as a local, national and regional priority with an enabling policy environment and a strong institutional basis for implementation.
  4. Support member states and regional institutions identify, assess and monitor drought disaster risks and enhance early warning on ongoing basis.
  5. Enhance use of education, knowledge, innovation, science and technology to build a culture of safety and drought disaster resilience at all levels.
  6. Strengthen drought disaster risk preparedness for effective response at all levels.
  7. Reduce underlying disaster risk factors while up-scaling drought disaster resilience enhancing and building factors.
  8. Adopt multi-sectoral, inter-disciplinary and multi-hazard response approach to drought disasters (saving lives and improving quality of life).
  9. Developmental relief programming.


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The 9th IDDRSI Steering Committee meeting on 17th and 18th December 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, Djibouti Ville, Djibouti

The IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), conducted its 9th Steering Committee meeting on the 17th and 18th of December 2018 in Djibouti. The meeting was supported by the European Union (EU) and the Federal German Ministry of  Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) within the framework of the "Strengthening the ability of IGAD to promote resilience in the Horn of Africa’ project". The project in support of IGAD, is implemented by the Technical arm of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The meeting that attracted the participation of close to 70 experts from the different IGAD Member States and IDDRSI Stakeholders, resulted in the reaffirmation and adoption of new recommendations. The latter focused on issues such as cross border programming, the role and format of the Steering Committee, gender dimensions as well as other IDDRSI related priorities.

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  • 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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