The 12th IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee Meeting

The partners of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), including the IGAD Member States, Development Partners, UN Agencies, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, Non-State Actors and the IGAD Secretariat, held the 12th meeting of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee (PSC) on 18th March 2021. The meeting took place at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, Mombasa and had an option for online participation for those that were unable to travel to Mombasa. The hybrid meeting of the PSC was opened by H.E Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASALs of the Republic of Kenya as Guest of Honour; and was chaired by H.E. Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, the IGAD Executive Secretary and Chairman of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee. The PSC meeting was attended by representatives of IGAD Member States, Development Partners, UN Agencies and Civil Society organizations on the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee

The meeting received a report of updates on the progress in the implementation of the recommendations from the 11th meeting of the PSC; the food and nutrition security situation in the IGAD region; the desert locust invasion; and the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting also received and considered reports from IGAD Member States on progress in the implementation of IDDRSI; as well as statements from several Development Partners, including AfDB, World Bank, UNDP and FAO. 

Subsequently, the 7th meeting of the IDDRSI Platform General Assembly was held on 19th March 2021 by the  IGAD Member States, Development Partners, East African Community, UN agencies, Non-state actors (NSAs) and the IGAD Secretariat. The meeting was opened by Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary , Ministry of Devolution and ASALs in the Republic of Kenya; and was attended by Hon. Eltahir Ismail Mohamed Harbi, Minister of the Republic of Sudan; Hon. Dr Seyoum Mesfine, State Minister of the Peace Ministry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;  Mr. Ibrahim Elmi, representative of the Minister of Agriculture, Water, Fisheries Resources and Livestock of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E. Dr Workneh Gebeyu, Executive Secretary of IGAD and Chairman of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee; and Members of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee.  Also in attendance online were representatives of the African Development Bank, World Bank, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, European Union, USAID, East African Community, UN Agencies and Civil Society Organizations, as well as Members of the IGAD Civil Society Organization Forum.

Remarks and Statements

Regional IDDRSI Implementation Narrative Progress Reports

Country IDDRSI Implementation Narrative Progress Reports


Project Proposals

12th Platform Steering Committee Recommendations

7th General Assembly Communique

18 – 19 March 2021, Mombasa, Kenya & Online


Thursday, 18 March 2021: 12th IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee Meeting
08:30 – 09:00*** Registration at venue, while online participants log onto site hosting the meeting 

Opening session

09:15 – 10:00

  • Master of Ceremony: Anthony Awira
  • Introductory remarks: Director, PCPD, IGAD: Ahmed Habbane
  • Welcome: Executive Secretary, IGAD & Chair, IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee: Workneh Gebeyehu
  • Remarks by representative of Development Partners – Global Alliance: USAID: Jennifer Maurer
  • Opening remarks: Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution & ASALs, Kenya: Eugene Wamalwa
  •  Group Photo

Updates session

10:00 – 10:45

  • Presentation of the Agenda: Master of Ceremony – Anthony Awira
  • Adoption of the agenda – Chairperson:  Workneh Gebeyehu
  • Report on the Implementation of the 11th PSC Meeting Recommendations: Christine Bukania
  •  Food and Nutrition Security in the region: Artan Guleid/Charity Mumbua
  •  Desert locust situation in the region: Farshad Tami
  •  Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on resilience in the HOA region: Fatuma Adan
10:45 – 11: 00 Health/Coffee / Tea Break

Country reports

11:00 – 12:15

  •  Reports from IGAD Member States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan & Uganda)
  • Discussion

Development Partners

12:00 – 13:00

  • Remarks from Development Partners
  •  AfDB; World Bank; Sweden; European Union, USAID, BMZ / GIZ, Switzerland, UNDP,  FAO, – Others
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

Cross-border Development Session

14:00 – 16:15

  • Strengthening Resilience in Cross Border areas employing the Cluster Approach: Tesfaye Beshah
  • Report on regional resilience – enhancing projects Dereje Wakjira
  • HOA Initiative and its synergy with on-going resilience-enhancement in cross-border areas Erwin De Nys
  • Report on the Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit, Moroto, Uganda: Dominic Kathiya
16:15 – 16:45 Health/Coffee / Tea Break
Conclusions 16:45 – 17:30
  • General Discussion
  • Next steps and agreed actions
  • Recommendations for the General Assembly
  • Close

Consolidating the Path to Resilience and Sustainability
Friday, 19th March 2021, Sarova White Sands Hotel, Mombasa.


09:00 – 09:30 am Registration & Log on                                            IGAD Secretariat/PCPD
OPENING SESSION: Master of Ceremony





09:30 – 10:45 am

  • Introductory remarks- Master of Ceremony Camlus Omogo
  • Welcome remarksGovernor, Mombasa County – Hassan Joho

Remarks – NGO Forum

  • Remarks – Representative of  Development PartnersPatrick Wilson, USAID Deputy Mission Director, Kenya & East Africa

Welcome remarks:  

  • Executive Secretary, IGAD – Workneh Gebeyehu
  • Recital of poem on Resilience:
  • Student from Mwambara Primary School, Kwale County
  • Keynote address: Remarks by Governor of Mandera CountyAli Roba
  • Launching of programming proposals for the Karamoja Cluster –
  • Remarks by the LC5 Chairperson, Moroto – Andrew Keem Napaja


  • Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Sudan – Eltahir Ismail Mohamed Harbi
  • Opening remarks   

Cabinet Secretary  for Devolution & ASALs, Kenya – Eugene Wamalwa

10:45 – 11:00 am COFFEE / TEA BREAK

WORKING SESSION II: Reports and progress updates on the implementation of IDDRSI

Chairperson: Cabinet Secretary, Devolution and ASALs, Kenya.



11:00 – 12:30 Noon


  •  Adoption of the agenda
  • Presentation of the report and recommendations from the 12th IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee meeting /Draft Communiqué – Christine Bukania
  • Statements from Ministers from IGAD Member States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda)
  • Statements from Development & Implementing Partners

WORKING SESSION III: Presentation, discussion and adoption of the Draft Communiqué

Chairperson: Cabinet Secretary, Devolution and ASALs, Kenya

12.30 – 13.30 pm
  • Presentation of the Communiqué (Presented by James Oduor)
  • Discussion
  •  Adoption of the Communiqué
  •  Any Other Business
13.30 – 14.30          LUNCH BREAK
 14.30 – 16.30                 PRESS CONFERENCE


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