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Oct. 19, 2019 (ENTEBBE, Uganda): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Oct. 17 closed the Second Rounds of Negotiations on the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons under the leadership of Major General Kasiita Gowa, Director of Citizenship and Immigration Control at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda with the Director of Health & Social Development at IGAD, Ms Fathia A. Alwan, in attendance at the high table among other officials.

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Oct. 14, 2019 (ENTEBBE, Uganda): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning kick started the Second Rounds of Negotiations on the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons under the leadership of Major General Kasiita Gowa, Director General of Immigration & Passports at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda with the Director of Health & Social Development at IGAD, Ms Fathia A. Alwan, in attendance at the high table among other officials.

Director Fathia Alwan reminded the audience that the Protocol was ‘aimed at ensuring that migration in IGAD region is safe, orderly and beneficial to the citizens of this Region’.

‘Today we gather together to finalize the expert negotiations on the aspirations of the IGAD Member States to have a Free Movement Regime as foreseen in the Agreement Establishing IGAD in 1986’, she continued.

Ms Fathia Alwan observed that the provisions reviewed, the changes suggested, and the formulations introduced during the first rounds of regional level negotiations on the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons in the IGAD Region a few months ago were consolidated in the version to be discussed during the next three days.

Today we are here to facilitate the realisation of the aspirations of the Agreement Establishing IGAD in 1986 and the African Union Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, Right of Residence and Right of Establishment adopted by AU Heads of State in 2018’, Major General Kasiita Gowa said during his opening remarks.

According to Major General the ‘integration through free movement will lead to socio-economic development, facilitate trade and investment for our people, will ignite creativity to create jobs for our people, and promote tourism’.

With support from the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF), IGAD Secretariat undertook national consultative meetings with all its Member States to get a clear understanding of the benefits and barriers to free movement of persons in the region as well as get inputs of the Member States experts into the thematic provisions of the Draft Protocol. Inputs from the IGAD Member States’ Country Reports and the Study form the resources for developing this Protocol and its Road Map.


Oct. 7, 2019, (ADDDIS ABABA, Ethiopia): The Minister of Peace of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hon. Jamal Atto Zeynu, today opened 12th Regional Consultative Process (RCP) of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Migration in Addis Ababa.

The IGAD Regional Consultative Process (RCP) on Migration, whose theme this year is ‘Regional Exchange on Experiences in Supporting Resilience and Durable Solutions to Internal Displacement in the IGAD Region’, is meant to promoting exchange of experiences among IGAD member states and sharing lessons learned with the wider international community.

The participants to the IGAD Migration RCP include:

  • technical representatives from national ministries;
  • regional and local authorities from areas highly impacted by internal displacement;
  • National Human Rights Institution representatives;
  • National Protection Cluster Coordinators;
  • AU, IGAD and other Regional Economic Community representatives;
  • UN Resident Coordinators/Humanitarian Coordinators and UN agencies;
  • NGOs, private sector, development partners;
  • representatives of displacement-affected communities; and
  • local, regional and international experts on subject matter.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony the Director of Health and Social Development Division-IGAD, Ms Fathia A. Alwan, highlighted the fact that the 12th IGAD RCP on Migration was the first to be dedicated to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

‘It is indeed the first time that IGAD has partnered with GP20, a multi-stakeholder initiative bringing together UN entities, NGOs, academia, UN Member States, the World Bank and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to advance prevention, protection and solutions for internally displaced persons (IDPs)’, she added.

She reminded the audience that the RCP forum provided a unique platform to share experiences particularly on good practices and lessons Learnt in supporting the resilience and durable solutions to internal displacement.

This regional exchange provides a platform for government officials and other stakeholders to share their experience and expertise in supporting resilience and durable solutions to internal displacement in their contexts.

Specifically, this event aims to:

  • Take stock, draw lessons and document operational practices and their lessons learned on supporting resilience and durable solutions to internal displacement in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda;
  • Identify the current needs and challenges in supporting resilience, preventing displacement, improving the protection of IDPs and achieving durable solutions to internal displacement in the IGAD region, including ratifying and implementing the Kampala Convention and other policy frameworks;

This event is expected to come to an end after having achieved the following:

  • An outcome document with key conclusions, recommendations and commitments on durable solutions to internal displacement IGAD Regional Consultative Process 2019 meeting report;
  • Inclusion of lessons learnt into a global compilation of good practices and lessons learned to address internal displacement that will be published in 2020 as a product of the GP20 Plan of Action for IDPs (2018-2020) and fed into relevant global processes.

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia hosting the 12th IGAD Migration RCP. The Government of Switzerland is providing financial support to the event while the Global Protection Cluster brought technical assistance to GP20 and IGAD with the organisation of the event.

Sept. 16, 2019 (ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia): Number of refugees in the Horn of Africa remains high with over four million and another eight million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), according to the situational reports from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Aug. 1, 2019 (MOGADISHU, Somalia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Migration Programme today wrapped up a workshop in Mogadishu to validate a country-level report titled ‘Capacity and Institutional Assessment for Area-based Development (ABD) in Areas of Return and Reintegration in Somalia’.

 The participants of the workshop were key relevant ministries including the Ministry of Planning, Investments and Economic Development (MoPIED), the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, the National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Benedir Region Administration as well as relevant representatives from the Federal Members States (Jubaland, Puntland, South West State, Galmudug, Hirshabele), UN agencies, humanitarian and development actors, and civil society organisations in Somalia.

 The overall objective was to review and validate the assessment report on:

  • the realities of return and reintegration of refugees and IDPs in Somalia;
  • the institutions responsible both at the federal, regional and local levels;
  • the coordination mechanisms currently in place and their efficacy;

It was also aimed at reviewing the capacity priorities for the government of Somalia to take a lead and coordinating role for area-based development in support of return and reintegration, as well as broader durable solutions in select areas (Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa).

 The participants discussed and debated the report in order to incorporate additional recommendations on wider context and emerging durable solutions and institutional arrangements.

 The assessment undertook five tasks namely:

  • The context in which return and reintegration is happening in Somalia;
  • Mapping of the institutions charged with the responsibility of managing return and reintegration at both national and sub-national levels;
  • An inventory and evaluation of the existing coordination mechanisms;
  • Gap analysis of the Federal Government institutions to steer area-based development (ABD); and
  • An appraisal of what works and what does not with regard to durable solutions in Mogadishu, and Kismayo which is the seat of the Jubaland regional administration.

 The purpose of the assessment was to identify the existing gaps that need to be addressed in order for the Federal Government to plan and execute area-based development in areas of return and reintegration in order to attain cohesive and sustainable transformative change as opposed to the current disjointed and temporary instrumental change.


 The Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project of IGAD which organised the workshop is supported by the World Bank.






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