A Ministerial meeting jointly chaired by IGAD and the European Union; and attended by representatives of IGAD Member States, Development Partners, including Germany and UNDP; and other stakeholders, with the following objectives: a) To launch the €63.9 million project Collaboration in Cross-Border Areas of the Horn of Africa Region – First Phase, supported by the European Union (b) To inaugurate the establishment of a Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit at Moroto, Uganda, supported by the Government of Germany. (c) The output of the meeting will be a joint IGAD – EU – Germany - UNDP Communiqué, highlighting the significance of the special focus on cross-border development within the framework of implementing IDDRSI.
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The sustainable development goals (SDGs) aim to address the root causes of poverty, and underline the universal need for an inclusive and resilient development. Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment in policies and programmes are pre-requisites for effective delivery of the SDGs.

The concept of ‘resilience’ is becoming increasingly utilized in development programming. It is commonly understood to encompass a broad-based multi-sectoral development that includes the many ways in which individuals (men and women, boys and girls) and livelihood systems mitigate, adapt, recover, and learn from shocks and stresses; the longer-term goal being to reduce vulnerability and increase well-being. In the context of development, ’resilience’ hence bridges humanitarian responses and longer-term development. The frequent exposure to multiple and interlinked resilience challenges, slows down development progress and threaten sustainability of programmatic interventions.

Despite recent positive economic trends, many countries in the African continent, particularly the Horn of Africa (HoA), are characterized by multiple and interlinked

resilience challenges, notably conflicts and climatic variations, resulting in social and economic drought, and forcing livelihoods to organize in a context of scarcity, scant resources and high degree of uncertainty. Market variability – such as dramatic increases in food staple prices and generally weak public institutions – further constrain the ability of poor, rural households to meet their basic needs.

The region is also threatened by conflicts and terrorism, further undermining livelihood security, agricultural production and economic growth as well as the health and psychosocial well-being of people.

Although shocks strike without discrimination, due to the lack of gender-integration in current development approaches and imbalanced access to resources and uneven division of responsibilities, the resilience of women and girls is particularly tested. In the context of general and chronic vulnerability, women and girls are often exposed to additional, gender-specific barriers, which exacerbate the challenges they already face.

There is need for a binary strategy that on the one hand strengthens women’s individual resilience and empowers women to claim their rights in development planning and programming, and on the other strengthens the capacities of Government and Partners to enhance community resilience in affected countries.

To focus on the role of women in building and strengthening resilience, promote dialogue and sharing of experiences on gender-responsive resilience, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in collaboration with key partners will host a Regional Sharefair on ‘Gender and Resilience’ aimed at discussing solutions that increases the resilience dividend.

The combined knowledge, expertise and skills will be utilized to diagnose women’s resilience needs, and upscale suitable innovative rural technologies in the HoA region.



  1. Strengthening Multi-stakeholder and Multi-sectoral Dialogue: Provide a one-time platform for bringing together governments, development partners, civil society, academic and research institutions and private sector to discuss and consult on the key issues, opportunities and barriers in promoting gender equality within the gender and resilience agenda.
  2. Expanding the Evidence Base: Gather, present and discuss existing, new and forthcoming research and knowledge regarding gender equality and resilience including evidence that women’s empowerment is a critical strategy to building resilience and the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
  3. Promoting Solution Oriented South-South Collaboration: Showcasing and sharing good practices of gender-sensitive resilience-related policies, interventions and development models that can be adapted and scaled up. Within the international frameworks, explore the local specificity for a more effective national implementation.
  4. Uniting Women in building resilience: Provide and create a durable network/ platform to link women’s associations and groups from across the region and build women’s transformational leadership in resilience.
  5. Joint Theory of Change: The established multi-stakeholder platform will inform the development of a Theory of Change that, based on a solid body of evidence, will ensure the Sharefair comes up with a clear preposition on the key role of women in building resilience and then in accelerating implementation of SDGs.
  6. Framework/roadmap for programmatic and policies actions to upscale gender-sensitive resilience solutions: the platform will create an opportunity for actions to amplify resilience solutions and create sustainable change beyond the Sharefair within the SDGs implementation framework.


Key Themes

- Climate Smart Agriculture - Energy and Sustainable Livelihoods.

- Disaster Risk Management, Preparedness and Effective Response

- Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Peace Building.

The Platform Coordination Unit (PCU) of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) organized a three-day hands-on training on and Investment tracking tool dubbed the 3W Map for the Office of Prime Minister (OPM) of Uganda on October 11th, 12th and 13th in Kampala.

Sharing of knowledge and information related to the implementation of IGAD Drought and Disaster Resilience Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) is a strategic function of the Platform Coordination Unit (PCU), which helps to identify resilience needs and informs programming. In this regard, who-is-doing-what-where (3W) is a powerful Knowledge Management tool, which was developed by the PCU (with the technical support of UN-OCHA), to facilitate mapping of resilience investments.

In appreciation of the importance and utility of the 3W tool, the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee meeting held in October 2013 endowed the PCU with the responsibility to build the capacity of IGAD Member States, IGAD Secretariat and Specialized Institutions in the application of the 

3W mapping tool and other Knowledge Management tools to support the implementation of IDDRSI.

In line with this assignment and in response to requests made in 2015 and 2016 by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) of Ugand

a, the PCU organized a 3day hands-on training workshop on the 3W mapping tool for selected technical experts involved in the implementation of IDDRSI in Uganda.

The training included an exercise on how to populate the 3W map for Uganda with real data and presentation of the 3W Map to all relevant IDDRSI stakeholders. During the training course, the selected technical persons were given the opportunity to interact with the principles of the 3W technology, and were taught how to enter data and manage it for their country. They were also trained on how to project data on the tool, and perform analysis to identify gaps.

At the end of the training, the participants determined the way forward on how to manage and continuously update the uploaded information