The Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) is hosting its first Blue Economy Conference to raise awareness on the thrust of the Blue Economy among the key stakeholders in its member-states for enhancing of the entrenched process of economic transformation, shared prosperity and environmental stewardship for the common good of the sub-region.
The two–day conference on BE is the first regional event and offers an opportunity to discuss BE development in the IGAD region at large as well as offers platform for the region to show case its BE components and their linkages to different sub-sectors of the regional economy. It further offers the opportunities available in the region to Investment, International Donors’ communities, Development Partners, investment Funds as well as the private sector. It will also provide an opportunity to learn and get information on global and continental good experiences and practices on BE development.
The conference provides a regional multi-stakeholder, multi-sector and multi-scale platform to identify potential BE priority areas to the region and exchange on the prospects for mainstreaming BE potential priority areas into the regional and national development strategies.
The main objectives of the event are:
To create awareness on the role of BE in contributing to the socio-economic development of the region
To explore the BE Concept and Blue Growth Principles in the regional socioecological context in common but differentiated approach.
To review the development prospects and challenges of well-integrated traditional and emerging BE sectors for leapfrogging accelerated and shared growth.
To identify the capacity needs and gaps for rolling-out the envisaged BE Strategy at the national and regional levels in the spirit of effective cooperation.
The role of BE for sustainable socio-economic development understood
Best practicesdocumented and shared
Road Map for developing the envisaged IGAD Regional Strategy developed
The conference will take stock of recent research in Karamoja, northwest Kenya, and neighbouring areas of South Sudan and Ethiopia, and to draw out lessons for policy and programming. This conference will provide an opportunity for critical reflection on the different pathways to resilience in the “Karamoja Cluster”, to share new learning from the dynamics of change and innovation happening in these areas, and to promote dialogue on policy options at regional, national and local levels.
The KRSU will use the conference as a platform for researchers from Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and South Omo, Ethiopia to present their research, alongside international researchers. The conference will include topics such as:
Trends in pastoralist and agro-pastoralist livelihoods, and policy implications
Gender and development
Challenges and opportunities for equitable livestock development
Securing access to land and water
Basic services and social protection – health, education and safety nets
Drought management and drought response
Diversified and alternative livelihoods
Small towns and urban growth
The persistence of child malnutrition
Changes to governance, and local, national and regional policies
Cross border issues in the Karamoja Cluster- market integration; access to resources and reciprocity; peace and conflict management
Emerging trends – extractives, land acquisition, alcohol abuse, and the impacts of new infrastructure and communication
The 52nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52)
IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Theme: Mitigation of Climate Risks for Resilience Building
The 52nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52) will convene under the theme, ‘Mitigation of Climate Risks for Resilience Building’. It will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socioeconomic sectors, governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, decision makers and civil society stakeholders.
Organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), in collaboration with the National Meteorological Agency of Ethiopia and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Forum will include workshops on agriculture and food security, water resources, energy, health, livestock and disaster risk management (DRM).
Theme: Consolidating the Path to Resilience and Sustainability
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) inaugurated its Second Annual Resilience Share Fair under the regional organization’s Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) in Nairobi. The event, which is the second of its kind, preceded the 10th IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee Meeting, and the 6th IDDRSI General Assembly which were held on Sept. 4-5 and Sept. 6.
The IDDRSI Forum and Share Fair was a two-day program, featuring Keynote Presentations, Panel Discussions, Workshops, Break-out Sessions, Knowledge Cafés, Poster Presentations, and Exhibitions. It attracted more than 200 participants from the IGAD region, including national experts, government officials, research scientists, resilience practitioners, specialists, aid workers and regional and international staff involved in the implementation of IDDRSI and related thematic areas.
The Share Fair was hosting around nine organizations, programs, and projects active in the areas of building communities resilience to drought disasters, natural resources management, market access, pastoral disaster risk management, among others.
According to the IDDRSI Platform Coordinator at the IGAD Secretariat, Dr. John Kabayo, “The Share Fair is a regional learning event on best practices for effective coordination of IDDRSI. It promotes knowledge management for informed decision making and investment,” he said.
“The Share Fair is a framework of active discussion that provides a highly participatory engagement in free exchange of ideas and sharing of information, which enables participants from different areas to interact with and learn from on-going examples of the efforts aimed at building the resilience of the communities in the IGAD region,” Dr. Kabayo added.
The Cross Border Advisor at the German Development Agency GIZ-Djibouti, Dr. Bedru Muzein, underlined that drought resilience had been ‘one of the most important engagements of IGAD in the past six to seven years’. He also registered IGAD success ‘in implementing the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI)’ while recalling the support provided by the German government.
The Director of Technical Services at the National Drought Management Authority of Kenya, Mr. Sunya Orre, welcomed the participants and officially opened the Second Annual IGAD Resilience Share Fair.
The take-home messages and key recommendations arising from the discussions during the different sessions of the two-day program will be submitted to the meeting of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee for dissemination as resilience good practices and lessons learned
IGAD Drought Resilience Platform Steering Committee & General Assembly Meeting
Theme: IDDRSI: The next 5 years – Consolidating the path to resilience and sustainability
The forthcoming meetings of the IDDRSI Platform will discuss the revised IDDRSI programming frameworks (IDDRSI Strategy, Country Programming Papers and Regional Programming Paper), review of the progress, plans and challenges in the implementation of IDDRSI in cross-border areas; and consider the plans for IDDRSI – related events.
The implementation of IGAD’s plan to end drought emergencies, build drought resilience and achieve growth and sustainable development, now in its 7th year, has been commended as the region’s most versatile development prototype to date, which has become an effective rallying point to drive the region’s development agenda. The next 5 years are expected to advance the cause and purposes of IDDRSI to the next level; and help generate a clearer glimpse of its full potential.
A formal letter of invitation as well as information on the venue, agenda and other details of the said IDDRSI Platform meetings will be sent in due course. We greatly value your participation in the meetings and look forward to seeing you in Nairobi, Kenya.
Theme: Application of Evidence for Decision Making in Resilience Programming
The Horn of Africa Resilience Measurement Workshop was held on May 13 – 16, 2019, at Lake Victoria Serena, Entebbe, Uganda. The aim of the workshop was to discuss and explore “Application of Evidence for Decision Making in Resilience Programming”. The workshop participants included resilience analysts, policy makers, and program staff best placed to translate emerging resilience evidence from the Horn of Africa into concrete actions. The event was organized by USAID Horn of Africa Resilience Network (HORN), USAID Kenya and East Africa, the USAID Center for Resilience, Africa Lead and the Resilience Evaluation, Analysis and Learning (REAL) Associate Award.
The main objectives of the workshop were to:
Understand evidence emerging from resilience research in the Horn of Africa.
Explore common resilience trends and themes across countries.
Translate learning into country plans and a future learning agenda.
The event was also attended by Christine Gottschalk, Acting Director, USAID Center for Resilience; H. E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); Greg Collins, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Food Security and USAID Resilience Coordinator and Heather Schildge, USAID Kenya/East Africa, Deputy Mission Director.
The outcomes of the workshop included the recognition that resilience measurement and analysis still is an evolving field with the process being iterative. Further, it was acknowledged that resilience capacities and responses are multidimensional and demonstrated at multiple levels calling for multiple rounds of high-level and deep dive inquiries.
Participants noted the need for deepened strategic and operational coordination between programs and actors for effective resilience building; as well as the need for responsive governments and administrations to support the resilience building activities. They further agreed that resilience programming should be scaled up to regional and cross-border areas for maximum impacts within the HoA region.
Theme: “Development of Resilience Empowering Alternative Measures for Ethiopian Lowlands”
Lowlands are often seen as backward areas, managed through pastoral communities, drought, and flood-prone, dependent on food and water aid. However, these areas have great underutilized potential. They could be self-sufficient and even important
contributors to the Ethiopian economy. The DREAM conference will take stock of tested and successful approaches developed for the lowlands in natural resource management, fodder and food production and access to water.
The DREAM conference will cover three parts:
• 29 to 30 September: Management of Prosopis juliflora, an invasive species threatening lowland and semi-arid environments
• 1 October: Field day visiting successful approaches in some woredas
• 2 to 3 October: DREAM conference on Stock Taking of Successful Approaches and Defining the Way Forward
The DREAM conference will be hosted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and GIZ SDR, facilitated by the Flood-based Livelihoods Network / MetaMeta. Take part and get registered to receive further information: Dream ASAL Conference 2019 firstname.lastname@example.org
ICPALD and FAO are jointly implementing the IGAD -FAO Partnership Programme on Drought Resilience (IGAD-FAO PP) in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. The Project Document provides for IGAD grants to community organizations identified through a CMDRR process and whose proposals for funding have been approved by the Grant Award Committee. IGAD has developed a Grant Management Manual for use by its officers and partners to guide the grant management process. The IGAD – FAO PP is the first project where IGAD is practically implementing the Grant Manual and more so by giving grants to community based Organizations. This has necessitated capacity building of officers to better manage the grant cycle.The objective of this activity is to train officers in finance, procurement and programs from both ICPALD and the Secretariat on various aspects of grant management to equip them with hands- on skills to better manage the various aspects of the grant management processes. These include Development of call for proposals, submission, evaluation, award, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting. The training is planned to run for four (4) days and facilitated by a consultant.
The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) and partners are jointly organizing the Fifty Fourth Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook (GHACOF 54) to be held in Mombasa, Kenya from 27 to 29 January 2020. It will be held within the framework of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional strategy for mainstreaming climate information in key socioeconomic sectors for sustainable development. Its theme will be “Managing Climate-Related Risks for Resilience”.
Public Health Ambassadors Uganda wishes to invite your organization to participate in this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations through a health and gender equality themed sports event dubbed “Play Equal, Win Equal.” This year’s celebration event provides an opportunity to bring together different players to share efforts, deliberate solutions and develop commitments towards achieving gender equality. Collective action and shared responsibility is what has and continues to make International Women’s Day impactful therefore it’s against this background that we invite your organization/company to get actively involved.
“Play Equal, Win Equal” is a health and gender equality themed sports event designed in line with this year’s IWD theme #EachforEqual where your organizations has been identified and selected as a key stakeholder in championing gender equality in Uganda. Each organization will organize their teams that will compete in a total of 9 different games. Each of the 9 participating organizations will be given a name derived from the 9 targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Achieving Gender Equality). Each of the organizations will be required to comply with the recommended gender composition of their team.
In light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the Knowledge Share Fair, set to take place in July, has been postponed until October 2020 (20-22nd). The event will also now be fully virtual, with remote panels and presentations all hosted online. With these changes in mind, we have extended the original deadline for proposal submissions to June 30th.
The overall objective of the share fair is to strengthen resilience knowledge transfer and cooperation between Horn of Africa and Sahel regions. The specific objectives of the share fair are to (i) gather the good practices and lessons learnt from Horn of Africa and Sahel regions on preparedness and response to drought and other shocks, (ii) support evidence- based decision making on key thematic areas, (iii) strengthen exchanges and collaboration between resilience actors in both regions, and (iv) support the harmonization of resilience-building language between partners.
The planned 2020 share fair will build on previous efforts by both IGAD and CILSS to promote knowledge management for informed decision-making and investment. It will be an opportunity to consolidate and disseminate the lessons learned from the IGAD and CILSS regional share fairs and learning events to the core community of stakeholders implementing the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) and Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR).
The deadline to submit proposals for the chance to present the good practice at the Share Fair is 30 June.
For more details: https://bit.ly/2Se0wfY
IGAD, CILSS and FAO would like to invite all partners to respond to the call for proposals and take advantage of this unique opportunity to disseminate and promote good practices for upscaling investments and policies in the Horn of Africa and Sahel regions.
For any queries related to the call for proposals or the event, contact: KORE@fao.org
Seasonal Forecast for October to December (OND) 2020
The Fifty Sixth Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 56), will virtually bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socio-economic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, development partners, decision-makers, and civil society stakeholders among others. The following users specific workshops will be conducted through Zoom in parallel sessions during the forum:
Agriculture and Food Security
Livestock and Rangelands
Energy and Water Resources
Conflict early warning
Disaster Risk Management
The Forum will be preceded by an online capacity building training workshop for climate experts from the participating National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) from the 17th to 21st of August 2020, followed by a co-production workshop for the Water and Agriculture sectors from the 24th of August 2020 as well as Pre COF workshop for all sectors on the 25th of August 2020.
African Climate Week is part of the Regional Climate Weeks (RCWs). The Regional Climate Weeks aim to inspire individuals and organizations to become part of the momentum created by the global climate agreement in Paris. It is a unique collaborative platform where both governments and non-governmental organizations stakeholders gather to address the gamut of relevant climate issues under one umbrella.
Bringing together diverse stakeholders in the public and private sectors around a common goal of addressing climate change, is the main goal of the RCWs.
The RCWs include series of events that provide space for a grassroots exchange of knowledge and best practices across the region on: Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Global Climate Action (GCA).
Every year the RCWs are held in the following regions: Africa, Latin-America and Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific. As of 2020, a RCWs was also to be convened in the Middle East and Northern African region.
The 14th edition of the European Development Days will take place on 15-16 June 2021 and will be fully digital.
Biodiversity loss, climate change and environmental degradation are defining challenges of our generation and require more coordinated and incisive international efforts. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the interlinkages between human health and an healthy planet. The post COVID recovery should be an opportunity to build back greener and more inclusive societies and economies.
In this respect, the European Development Days will provide a decisive moment for analysis and reflection on the road to the CBD COP15 in Kunming in October and the Glasgow COP26 in November 2021.
Registrations are now open on the EDD website to attend the digital event on 15 and 16 June 2021.
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to test the resilience of communities and institutions across Africa. This situation calls for a stronger collaboration among development partners and innovative responses for building long-term resilience.
The fourth Africa Resilience Forum presents an ideal opportunity for stakeholders to pool resources and discuss these critical issues. The flagship event aims to strengthen partnerships and explore policy ideas for sustainable development, especially in the context of the pandemic.
The theme for this year’s ARF is “ Covid-19 and Beyond: Working Together for a Resilient Continent ”
The theme of the Congress is “Sustainable Use of Grassland and Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods.” The aim of the congress will be to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of grasslands and rangelands: including grassland and rangeland ecology; forage production and utilization; livestock production systems; wildlife, tourism and multi-facets of grassland and rangeland; drought management and climate change in rangelands; pastoralism, social, gender and policy issues and capacity building, extension and governance. We look forward to seeing you in Nairobi in 2021. For more information, click the attached Flyer.
The International Grassland and Rangeland Congress promotes interchange of information on all aspects of natural and cultivated grasslands and forage crops for the benefit of mankind, including sustained development, food production and the maintenance of biodiversity.
The aim of the International Rangeland Congress is to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of rangelands: research, planning, development, management, extension, education and training.