On 22 December 2017, a team from the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) visited the CILSS Secretariat in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The purpose of the mission was to learn from the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)  experience on tools for documenting and sharing good practices on resilience; exchange perspectives and experiences on knowledge management at the regional level, and discuss the framework for setting up a task force composed of designated focal points from CILSS and IGAD.

The meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Director of CILSS, Dr. Ibrahim Lumumba IDI-ISSA, and was attended by nine members of the CILSS team (see list below).  In his opening remarks, the Deputy Director welcomed the IGAD team and conveyed a message of greetings from the Executive Director of CILSS to the IGAD Executive Secretary, H.E. Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim. He appreciated the continued collaboration between the two organizations.

The mission was undertaken within the framework of the support provided by FAO to enhance collaboration and enhance on-going efforts to promote resilience good practices sharing and uptake in East and West Africa. The organization of this mission was facilitated by the FAO technical team, led by Yergalem Beraki (IGAD region) and Elhadj Dramane Coulibaly (CILSS region).

This visit builds on previous collaboration between the two organizations, including an IGAD mission to learn good practices from CILSS (Burkina Faso and Niger) in November 2013; a FAO-facilitated session dedicated to knowledge management and sharing held during a share fair on “Gender and Resilience” held in Nairobi from 9-10 November 2016; a CILSS mission to IGAD’s Agriculture and Environment Division in October 2016; and an IGAD mission to Burkina Faso and Niger under the framework of the PASSHA project.

The successful deliberations were concluded by agreeing on a set of recommendations, which would strengthen the capacity of IGAD and CILSS Member States to identify, document, share and apply good practices to build resilience.