Cross-Border Collaboration Programme in Western Ethiopia and Eastern Sudan (CBCES)

Project title:

Cross-Border Collaboration Programme in Western Ethiopia and Eastern Sudan (CBCES)

Start Date:

2018

End Date:

2021

Project Location:

In the Blue Nile State (BNS), CBCES intervenes in the localities of Al Tadamon, Ad Damanzin, Ar Roseires, and Qeissan. In the Benishangul-Gumuz Region, the Woredas of Guba, Sherkole, Kurmuk, Homosha, Assosa, Bambasi, and Maokomois intervenes in the localities of Al Tadamon, Ad Damanzin, Ar Roseires, and Qeissan. In the Benishangul-Gumuz Region, the Woredas of Guba, Sherkole, Kurmuk, Homosha, Assosa, Bambasi, and Maokomo.

Cross-border cluster:

Blue Nile State - Benishangul-Gumuz Region

Priority Intervention areas (PIAs):

PIA 2: Market Access, Trade and Financial Services

PIA 3: Enhanced Production & Livelihood Diversification

PIA 6: Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Peace Building

PIA 8: Human Capital, Gender and Social Development

Lead Organization:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Collaborating organizations:

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

Government of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia

Government of the Republic of the Sudan

Financial sources:

European Union (EU)

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Project description:

The programme aims to speed up the implementation in the following areas: Increasing income by increasing the value of products: CBCES aims to promote and expand the opportunities in agriculture, the dominant industry in the area, as well as the potential of other sectors, focusing on processing and marketing of horticulture, fishery, and non-timber products. For example, the programme will train community members to harvest the gum of the prevalent Boswellia tree in a sustainable way, creating opportunities to engage in the production of incense, a product in high demand in Ethiopia and many other countries. Harvesting Boswellia gum can also address deforestation in the area by reducing the number of farmers clearing trees for crop cultivation and increasing the monetary value of the forests by promoting participatory forest management.

Job and business opportunities for young people: CBCES will therefore promote vocational training on both sides of the border. In the Benishangul-Gumuz Region, training on bamboo processing, cabinetry and furniture-making marketing, and entrepreneurship will help young people develop marketable skills that increase their ability to find employment and start their own businesses. In the Blue Nile State, the programme will support a newly established vocational training centre by providing equipment, machinery, and tools in addition to developing training curricula. At the centre, young people can learn the necessary skills to work as motor mechanics, electricians, food processors, or metal workers.

Better service delivery through improved basic infrastructure: The programme will assist local actors to rehabilitate selected health centres through renovation measures and improving electricity and water supply systems. To address water shortages in the Blue Nile State, the programme will rehabilitate water supply systems for communities and their cattle.

Making peace, reducing conflict: The programme will support them to be better equipped to resolve conflicts in their communities, working with the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) of IGAD. CEWARN has the mandate to improve communities’ response to conflict in border regions across the Horn of Africa. The programme will support local conflict resolution mechanisms to address these issues and promote peaceful co-existence of pastoralists and farmers and contribute to improved access to water, pastures, and medical treatment for the cattle.

Effective trading across the border: The programme will support the Joint Border Development Commissions of both regional states and strengthen their capacity for joint planning, effective implementation, and close monitoring of new cross-border initiatives in trade, labour, and natural resource management. In cooperation with IGAD, the programme will also facilitate experience and knowledge exchange with actors in other cross-border regions in the Horn of Africa.

Contacts:

Gerhard Mai / Programme Manager / gerhard.mai@giz.de

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