The IGAD Secretariat, IGAD Member States and such number and composition of partners as will be determined by IGAD Secretariat from time to time constitute the IGAD institution referred to as the IGAD Regional Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Platform, hereafter referred to as “the Regional Platform”. Regional Platform on Drought Resilience and Sustainability: The Regional Platform for Drought Resilience and Sustainability to provide a mechanism to coordinate the identification, prioritization and elaboration of national and regional interventions aimed at building drought resilience in the IGAD arid and semi-arid lands, has been launched.
It is the executive arm of the platform with the mandate to coordinate the implementation of IDDRSI strategy at national and regional levels.
Recurrent droughts and unpredictable rainfall patterns are characteristic features of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) that comprise the Horn of Africa (HOA), where the 8 Member countries of IGAD (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) are located. The droughts have been increasing in severity and frequency over the years and their impacts are exacerbated by advancing desertification, land degradation, global warming and climate change phenomena. These harsh and worsening ecological circumstances have created conditions of chronic vulnerability in the HOA, with persistent food insecurity, widespread economic hardships and untold human suffering, affecting the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities that inhabit the ASALs.