The IDDRSI Strategy recognizes that to harness the full potential of a growing population whose majority is aged under 18 years, requires building skills, creating jobs and providing equal opportunities as well as comprehensive arrangements for human capital development. Education, nutrition, health and safety nets are important ingredients for the success of all interventions, including IDDRSI, aimed at achieving economic growth and poverty reduction. 

In consideration of the recommendations made during the exercise to mainstream gender into the IDDRSI Strategy (2013 – 2017) and related CPPs, the current IDDRSI Strategy has upgraded gender from a cross-cutting issue, as it was in the previous strategy, to a substantive component integrated within IDDRSI interventions to ensure that responses to the priority needs of women and men are met; and there is awareness of what benefits or adverse effects could impact either.


PIA 8: Human Capital, Gender and Social Development
Goal: To increase equitable access to basic social services in drought-prone areas 
Strategic Interventions: 
1. Access to Health and Nutrition
2. Access to Education and Training
3. Promote Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Social Inclusion
4. Social Safety Nets
5. Migration and Displacement  


IGAD secretariat will build on the existing human resources and expertise in its different institutions and programmes to ensure coordinated actions for the implementation of the IDDRSI strategy.  The PIAs identified in the IDDRSI would complement and strengthen the impact of the current activities in the ASALs that are implemented through those programmes and institutions.  Therefore, the current human resources and expertise in IGAD institutions and programmes would be deployed for various interventions identified by IDDRSI. 



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  • The IGAD region covers an area of 5.2 million km2
  • IGAD region has a population of more than 240 million people
  • The region is endowed with a considerable range of natural resources, with a huge potential for a variety wealth creation and progress.
  • About 70% of the IGAD region comprises arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) that receive less than 600mm in annual rainfall and are characterized by recurrent drought.
  • Over the years, severity and frequency of droughts have been increasing and desertification, land degradation, global warming and related climate change phenomena exacerbated it
  • The IGAD region has a strategic place in the Horn of Africa.
  • IGAD is focused for regional economic cooperation and integration.

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