The IDDRSI Strategy recognizes that to harness the full potential of a growing population whose majority is aged under 18 years, requires building skills, creating jobs and providing equal opportunities as well as comprehensive arrangements for human capital development. Education, nutrition, health and safety nets are important ingredients for the success of all interventions, including IDDRSI, aimed at achieving economic growth and poverty reduction. 

In consideration of the recommendations made during the exercise to mainstream gender into the IDDRSI Strategy (2013 – 2017) and related CPPs, the current IDDRSI Strategy has upgraded gender from a cross-cutting issue, as it was in the previous strategy, to a substantive component integrated within IDDRSI interventions to ensure that responses to the priority needs of women and men are met; and there is awareness of what benefits or adverse effects could impact either.


PIA 8: Human Capital, Gender and Social Development
Goal: To increase equitable access to basic social services in drought-prone areas 
Strategic Interventions: 
1. Access to Health and Nutrition
2. Access to Education and Training
3. Promote Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Social Inclusion
4. Social Safety Nets
5. Migration and Displacement  


IGAD secretariat will build on the existing human resources and expertise in its different institutions and programmes to ensure coordinated actions for the implementation of the IDDRSI strategy.  The PIAs identified in the IDDRSI would complement and strengthen the impact of the current activities in the ASALs that are implemented through those programmes and institutions.  Therefore, the current human resources and expertise in IGAD institutions and programmes would be deployed for various interventions identified by IDDRSI.