The Karamoja area, which straddles the common boundary between Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia has for a long time experienced a range of challenges, including drought and food insecurity, internal and cross-border violence, cattle rustling, prevalence of weapons and unwarranted loss of human life, all of which challenges have resulted in unacceptable levels of human suffering. The communities that inhabit Karamoja, whose livelihoods depend on pastoralism, frequently move their livestock across the common border in search of pasture and water; and livestock from both sides of the border frequently make contact. Despite being treated and regularly tested on the Ugandan side of the border, herders observed that animals were increasingly contracting illnesses and dying after making contact with untreated and untested livestock, mostly from across the border in Kenya.




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EU – UN – IGAD Cross Border Project to accelerate 2019 cooperation between Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia borders

(16 - 17 January 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). The European Union and UNDP have organized a joint action working plan to boost the cooperation between Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia borders for 2019 period. 

The 2 day workshop is organized by the Support for Effective Cooperation and Coordination of Cross-border Initiatives in Southwest Ethiopia-Northwest Kenya, Marsabit-Borana and Dawa, and Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia (SECCCI) EU co-funded Project.

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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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