The partners of IDDRSI, including Member States, IGAD Secretariat, Development Partners, UN agencies, Civil Society Organisations and members of the private sector actors, committed to ending drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa, held the 5th IDDRSI Platform General Assembly meeting on 11th May 2018 at the Laico Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda.

The meeting was opened and chaired by Hon. Musa Ecweru, Minister of State for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, of the Republic of Uganda.

Also in attendance were H.E. Gabriel Negatu, Director General of the African Development Bank; H.E. Myra Benardi, Head of the Agriculture Section of the European Union; Amb (Eng.) Mahboub M. Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD; and representatives of Germany, Switzerland, European Union, UN Agencies and Civil Society Organisations, as well as Members of the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors and IGAD Partners’ Forum.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range of the Federal Government of Somalia, the Government of Ethiopia, represented by the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Uganda, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of South Sudan, the Ministry of Devolution and Arid and Semi Arid Lands of the Republic of Kenya; the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, Fisheries, Livestock and Marine Resources of the Republic of Djibouti; the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the Republic of Sudan; and the Ministry for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, Management and Refugees of the Republic of Uganda.

The objective of the meeting was to review the progress made in the drought resilience initiative during the past five years and consider proposals for visioning a transformational agenda for the next five years.