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March 5, 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today signed a grant agreement aimed at strengthening the IGAD Refugees Programme with the Ambassador of Sweden to Ethiopia, H.E. Torbjörn Pettersson. They also took the opportunity to launch a project called “Strengthening Coordination and Implementation of IDDRSI” (SCII).

The 3.6 million US Dollar grant will support IGAD Member Sates towards the harmonisation of refugee protection and management policies based on a full and inclusive application of the international refugee protection.

It will contribute to the strengthening of the implementation of regional commitments by promoting comparable and predictable mechanisms for refugee management, strengthening sharing of experience and best practices as well as of transfer of technical capacity between IGAD Member States

‘The grant from the Government of Sweden to strengthen the Refugees Programme in our region is very timely and it will be used judiciously for investments that will bring impact at people’s level’, the Executive Secretary said in his opening speech.

A project called “Strengthening Coordination and Implementation of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI)” (SCII) was also launched.

‘The fund provided by Sweden for the project we are launching today, which is USD 6.1 million, is targeted to fill key gaps identified during the implementation of Phase I of IDDRSI, and other strategic resilience enhancing undertakings’, Dr Workneh highlighted.

The two parties also took the time to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding that aims at improving coordination of multi-sectoral projects and programmes that are consistent with mandates of both IGAD and Sweden.


Feb 26, 2020 (KHARTOUM, Sudan): Ministers in charge of Internal Affairs and those in charge of Labour of Member States of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened in Khartoum today and endorsed the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region.

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Dec 16, 2019 (Geneva, Switzerland): Through the office of the IGAD Executive Secretary, H.E. Dr Workeneh Gebeyehu, IGAD Member States launched the IGAD regional support platform at the Global Refugee Forum currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Nov 27, 2019. Djibouti: The Division of Health and Social Development of IGAD held a two-day Preparatory Workshop at Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti on 26 and 27 November 2019. The Workshop is attended by Member States, IGAD Secretariat and partner agencies such as UNHCR, GIZ, and others.  The Workshop was organized to agree on a common agenda for the Global Refugee Forum (GRF)  in Geneva, December 2019. Emphasis was placed on the achievements, best practices and pledges at national and regional level. 

The specific objective of the Workshop is to create synergies between regional and country level GRF. Accordingly, the meeting

  • Discussed and validated the draft Terms of Reference for the IGAD Support Platform of the Nairobi Process
  • Reviewed the Concept Note and Agenda for the IGAD Spotlight Session at the GRF in Geneva, scheduled to take place on 16 December 2019;
  • Exchanged views and experiences on the preparation of Member States for the GRF
  • Agreed on a coordinated approach and positions on issues of common concern for the region related to refugees and displaced populations.

The participants agreed to continue to provide inputs on the IGAD Support Platform in the run up to the GRF.



Oct. 28, 2019 (ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), is holding a Technical Workshop on the Return and Reintegration of Migrants in the East and Horn of Africa for IGAD Member States on Oct. 29 and 30 in Addis Ababa

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