The IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), conducted its 9th Steering Committee meeting on the 17th and 18th of December 2018 in Djibouti. The meeting was supported by the European Union (EU) and the Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) within the framework of the “Strengthening the ability of IGAD to promote resilience in the Horn of Africa’ project”. The project in support of IGAD, is implemented by the Technical arm of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). The meeting that attracted the participation of close to 70 experts from the different IGAD Member States and IDDRSI Stakeholders, resulted in the reaffirmation and adoption of new recommendations. The latter focused on issues such as cross border programming, the role and format of the Steering Committee, gender dimensions as well as other IDDRSI related priorities.

In terms of the meeting format, the new Steering Committee allowed for more interaction between participants through 3 panel discussions that covered the following topics: Setting the objectives for the 2nd phase of IDDRSI 2018-2022, reviewing the platform governance and finally linking IDDRSI to the broader regional and continental objectives by respectively looking at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the African Union Agenda 2063.

This activity was co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).