The theme of Issue 05-2019 of the Resilience Focus Magazine  seeks to increase the understanding of cross-border cooperation as one of the foundations for the successful enhancement of resilience, including improved livelihoods and increased food security for communities in the IGAD region.

Since 2013, the region has been in the process of implementing the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), aimed at ending drought emergencies by building resilience through investing in sustainable development. The resilience-enhancing projects being executed within the framework of IDDRSI are holistic, multi-sectoral and regional, requiring a cross-border approach.

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UNDP RSCA Director hands over equipment to support IGAD Cluster Coordination offices

Mr. Lamin Momodou Manneh, the UNDP RSCA Director, handed over computers to the IGAD Cluster Coordinators that will be based in the three cross-border offices that have been established through the Support for Effective Cooperation and Coordination of Cross-border Initiatives in Southwest Ethiopia-Northwest Kenya, Marsabit-Borana & Dawa, and Kenya-Somalia-Ethiopia (SECCCI) EU co-funded Project.

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   Facts

  • 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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