During regional consultations to revise the programming frameworks of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), experts from the IGAD Secretariat and Member States collectively resolved to introduce Priority Intervention Area (PIA) 8, which is Human Capital, Gender and Social Development. The strategic objective of this PIA is to increase equitable access to basic social services in drought-prone areas.

Therefore, in recognition of the new PIA, the next edition of the Resilience Focus Magazine invites submission of evidence-based lessons, successes and good practices in the following areas:

  1. Health and Nutrition: access and quality of health and nutrition for cross border communities and refugees: This includes health and nutrition of vulnerable and marginalised groups in the ASALS; E-health, telemedicine; real time monitoring of services during emergencies/prevention and treatment for moderate and severe acute malnutrition for the infants, young children and women of reproductive age in ASAL) etc.
  2. Education and Training: access and quality of education services for cross border communities and refugees: This includes affirmative action measures to increase access and funding for ASAL students-taking into account the gender dynamics; platforms for E-learning, distance learning and continuing professional development specific for ASAL in partnerships with universities and learning institutions; surge mechanism for education which expand and contract service delivery in drought period etc.
  3. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: This includes affirmative programs to reinforce innovation driven livelihood strategies by and for women in drought prone communities; use of gender and sex disaggregated data; capacity building programs for gender mainstreaming in the CPPs; enhancing women’s voice in decision-making, leadership and peace-building; women’s economic empowerment; ending violence against women and girls; strengthening institutional capacity and effectiveness to enhance delivery of result on gender equality and the empowerment of women etc.
  4.  Migration and Displacement: safe, orderly and regular migration and advocate for migration as an adaptation strategy: This includes regional integration measures; diaspora engagement in development and humanitarian response in ASALs; migration as an adaptation strategy; coordination mechanisms for migration; local integration and building self-reliance of refugees, IDPs and host communities etc.

We accept submission of the following types of articles:

  1. Updates of key events and occurrences with relevance to the theme
  2. Feature articles about approaches, processes, good practices, lessons etc, or human interest stories
  3. In-depth analysis of topical issues related to the theme
  4. Opinion

All articles should be acompanied with an author profile (a two line introduction to the authors) and high resolution photographs, captioned, including the name of the photographer.

Read the previous edition here.

All articles should be submitted to

Important Dates

The deadline for submission of articles will be March 20, 2020