Friday, Mar 23, 2018

20-03-2018, Nairobi (Kenya): Representatives from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Member States drawn from refugee management agencies and ministries responsible for planning, local government and foreign affairs are meeting in Nairobi to review progress on implementation of commitments made under the Nairobi Declaration and Plan of Action on durable solutions for Somali Refugees adopted on 25 March 2017, at the special Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government.

In attendance is a cross-section of development and humanitarian partners that are supporting member states in the area of refugee management and implementing projects in the four key areas namely:

  • accelerating solutions in Somalia by creating an environment conducive for voluntary and sustainable returns;
  • delivering durable solutions, whilst maintaining protection and asylum space, and promoting the self-reliance and inclusion of refugees in countries of asylum;
  • strengthening sub-regional co-operation; and
  • increasing international responsibility sharing.

The meeting of Experts will feed into the Interministerial meeting that will take place on Thursday, 22 March 2018, at which IGAD Member States are expected to set priorities for the next one year, which will guide the technical and financial commitments that will be made by partners.

The experiences shared at this meeting and achievements made by the countries will also contribute to the shaping of a global compact on refugees, on which formal consultations were commenced last month.


19-03-2018, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Minister of Health of Ethiopia, H. E. Prof. Yifru Birhan, this morning officially inaugurated the 10th IGAD Health Ministerial Committee Meeting during which the IGAD HIV, TB and Malaria Strategic Plan for 2018-2015, the IGAD supporting guidelines for TB HIV services in the refugee settings were validated, and the priorities for the Regional Global Fund Grant were endorsed.

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16-03-2018, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning opened a two-day workshop to validate the IGAD HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria Strategic Plan for 2018-2025 in Addis Ababa during an inauguration ceremony chaired by the Director of Policy & Planning at the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, Dr Desalegn Tegabu Zegeye, with in attendance at the high table the Acting Director of Health & Social Development of IGAD, Ms Fathia Alwan, the Deputy Director of Health Population & Nutrition USAID regional office for Kenya and East Africa, and the Senior Regional Health Officer for East and Horn of Africa of the UNHCR based in Nairobi.

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15-12-2017, Djibouti (Djibouti): The First Regional Ministerial Conference on Refugee Education in IGAD Member States closed yesterday evening with the adoption of the below attached Declaration of Djibouti on Refugee Education during a ceremony presided over by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Djibouti, H.E. Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed.

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