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22-02-2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning constituted a Steering Committee for the implementation of a multi thematic program under “IGAD Promoting Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa Region – (IPPSHAR)" being implemented by the IGAD Peace and Security Division.

The IPPSHAR Steering Committee is composed of IGAD, represented by the Executive Secretary and funding partners such as; The European Union Delegation to the African Union, Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Government of the Netherlands, who are represented at Ambassadorial level. It is chaired by the IGAD Executive Secretary and co-chaired by the Austrian Ambassador.

 H.E Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, the IGAD Executive Secretary expressed his appreciation to the European Union and the other Development partners that have contributed to this programme and also thanked the Austrian Development Agency for taking this responsibility.

 Amb Maalim stressed the readiness and commitment of IGAD and its member states to effectively implement this programme for the benefit of the IGAD citizens. 

 As Co-chair, Amb. Roland Hauser, the Austrian Ambassador to Ethiopia and IGAD,  expressed his gratitude to IGAD and the funding partners  and emphasised his commitment to the responsibility that ADA has taken up for the management of the programme. He stressed in particular that IPPSHAR will undertake activities and create partnerships that will increase the participation of women in peace processes – an important topic for the Austrian Foreign Minister – and reach citizens on the ground.

 The Head of EU Delegation to the African Union, H.E Amb. Ranieri Sabatucci called upon the partners to praise IGAD’s predictive indicative power on the relevancy of IPPSHAR which is more timely now considering the winds of change in the region.

 Amb. Sabatucci recommitted EU’s support and belief towards peace in Africa and its artichecture. He called on IGAD member states to integrate to achieve peace and stability.

 The Committee has been established to safeguard that the IPPSHAR project is in line with the IGAD Regional Peace and Security Strategy (2016-2020) as well as to ensure that achievements are in line with the purposes of the EU Trust Fund and the respective policies of the co-funding development partners.

The Committee’s overall objective is to provide oversight and strategic guidance to ensure that project implementation adheres to the agreements reached between all funding and implementation partners.

The Committee shall meet twice a year to review the status of implementation, provide strategic guidance in a changing policy and geo-political environment, review and approve work plans and reports and discuss strategic issues, including possible amendments to the Delegation Agreement, as well as make recommendations for the programme to mention but a few.

ABOUT IPPSHAR

The IPPSHAR programme is financed by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) and co-financed by the European Union, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of the Netherlands.

The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) was delegated by the EU to manage the EU’s contribution to the programme through an indirect management mode.  

 The aim of IPPSHAR is to contribute to achieving sustainable peace, security and stability for the attainment of economic integration and development of the IGAD region.

The key strategic objectives covered under IPPSHAR include: Enhancing the IGAD Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) Systems, strengthening IGAD and national governments in the region to address transnational security threats, promoting preventive diplomacy, mediation and civilian peace building and enhancing the implementation effectiveness of IGAD's Peace and Security Division and Units.

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24-01-2019, Kampala, Uganda: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Mediation and Support Unit (MSU) and the European Union Mediation Support Unit (EUMST) kick started a two-day Peer-to-Peer Experience Sharing and Transfer of Knowledge workshop this morning at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.

The meeting is being attended by IGAD Roster of Mediators, EU Special Envoys to various processes, members of the IGAD Member States Ambassadors, members of Pan Wise, EU representatives, ACCORD, United Nations – Department of Political Affairs and AU to mention but a few.

During the opening remarks the IGAD Peace and Security Director Mr. Siraj Fegessa welcomed the participants and stressed the need for IGAD mediators as well as regional and international mediators to learn from each other and also sharpen their skills and adapt to new ways and technology to bring peace to the region and the world.

“IGAD is thankful to the European Union for their continued support in strengthening the capacity of IGAD and more specifically in enhancing the capacity of the Peace and Security Division to promote peace and stability in the Horn of Africa through the support of the EU Trust Fund with a budget of 40 million Euros” Amb Fegessa added.

The Head of the European Union Delegation to Uganda Ambassador Attilio Pacifici also highlighted the timely and necessity of good peace mediation worldwide and conflict prevention.

 He assured the delegates of this being high on the EU agenda in their role in peace mediation and conflict prevention in Africa, with a particular focus on youth.

 Amb  Pacifici commended the AU, UN and most notably IGAD for taking the leading role to get the member states to join efforts to achieve peace and security despite the challenges. He applauded them for taking on opportunities that have translated into several concrete actions on the ground namely; Somalia, South Sudan, and horn of Africa.

 On behalf of the Government of Uganda Hon Philemon Mateke, State Minister of Foreign Affairs for Regional Cooperation reminded the well seasoned mediators that dialogue and mediation have been used over time as tools for conflict prevention, resolution and transformation hence the need to learn from them and adopt to new techniques like the inclusion of women and youth in the formal peace process for lasting peace.

The objective of the two-day meeting is to provide a space for reflection on insights of the IGAD and EU regions as well share recent mediation processes by the respective Special Envoys and Mediators to learn and share from the diverse nature of conflicts settings, experiences and changing environments represented in these experiences in order to examine roles of mediation support mechanism of IGAD in context of other institutions namely the European Union and United Nations.

The exchange will also provide a mutual learning environment to enrich existing talent, knowledge and experience on conflict prevention, dialogue and mediation between the skilled and internationally exposed mediators, highlight international best practices, identify challenges and best practices towards promoting dialogue and mediation in conflict prevention and their role in engaging actors in challenging geo-political settings as well as strengthen partnership between IGAD (MSU) and EU (MST) and other parties.

Themes that will be discussed at the Danish Kingdom supported meeting are; the nexus between early warning and mediation intervention; mediation from design to exit; employment of dialogue in conflict mediation; navigating geo-politics context in mediation; promoting national ownership of peacemaking interventions; lessons learnt in international mediations.

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19-12-2018: Mombasa, Kenya. At the conclusion of the recently held 4-day meeting between IGAD Security Sector Program (IGAD SSP) and IGAD Member States that was held in Mombasa, Kenya the member states called on IGAD to facilitate and expedite the establishment of a regional criminal information system to strengthen criminal information exchange and effectively prevent, counter, and swiftly respond to transnational criminal threats such as terrorism, human trafficking and smuggling, and money laundering that require a comprehensive response with high-level cooperation and coordination.

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14-12-2018: Juba, South Sudan: The IGAD Mediation Support Unit (MSU) from December 11-12, 2018 held a two day meeting in Juba, South Sudan with an aim to update the IGAD Committee of Ambassadors (CoA) on the various initiatives undertaken in 2018 by the Mediation Unit.

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