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October 21, 2021 (Djibouti, Djibouti) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministerial Conference officially endorsed the Djibouti Declaration on Labour, Employment and Labour migration in the IGAD region. After three days of consultation with experts and ministers from member states.

The ministerial conference was presided over by His Excellency Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minster of the Republic of Djibouti in the presence of His Excellency Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, and ILO Country Office Director for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, and representatives of employers organisations and trade unions. Representatives of development partners. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Labour and Social Development of the Republic of Sudan.

The Conference was held to deliberate on effective actions and regional coordination mechanisms to enhance the governance of labour, employment, and labour migration in the IGAD region.

In his opening remarks, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu the Executive Secretary of IGAD highlighted the need to have mechanism at bilateral, multilateral and regional levels to address comprehensively the situation of migrant workers from IGAD region; and provide and ensure decent working conditions. He also proposed the establishment of a regional observatory that will closely monitor labour market trends & make projections that will inform policy direction &implementation.
“People of IGAD are our first asset as the working population represents over 53.6% of our total population.” Dr. Workneh added.

The Executive secretary further reminded the audience that the IGAD region is the second most popular destination for migrant workers in the African continent, after South African region.

Prime minster Abdulkader Kamil Mohamed in his opening remarks stated that employment issue is of utmost importance in the IGAD region and is an engine for development and poverty eradication.“We should give special focus on ways to use the new digital technology tools to develop the employment sector, particularly, for our growing population of youth,” said the Prime Minister.

Ministers from IGAD member states were united in calling for harmonization of policies in related to labour and labour migration to benefit the region. In adopting the Declaration, they decided to among other issues, to:

  • Establish the IGAD Ministerial Committee on Labour,Employment & Labour Migration.
  • Adopt the ToR & Standard Operating Procedures for the IGAD Ministerial Committee on Labour, Employment & Labour Migration
  • Adopt the IGAD Regional Guidelines on Rights Based Bilateral Labour Agreements;
  • Develop a Plan of Action to implement this Djibouti Declaration on Labour, Employment and Labour Migration (2021) with clear monitoring and reporting mechanism.

The conference was organized in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and supported by the European Union.

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October 19, 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) this morning inaugurated the IGAD Experts Conference on Labour, Employment, and Labour Migration in Djibouti.

These two-day technical deliberations are paving the way for the ministerial meeting to be held on October 21st and which meant to explore ways and means to improve coordination and actions to enhance regional collaboration on labour and employment issues.

The overall objective of the meetings is to improve and put in place a platform for regional coordination and action among the ministries of labour and employment of IGAD Member States and social partners on labour related challenges in the region, and take common positions on some of the common challenges of the region

The three-day event is bringing together Ministers, high level experts responsible for Labour and Employment from IGAD Member States, social partners, and other partners working on labour and employment within the IGAD region.

“It is useful to recall that strengthening the governance of labour migration in the IGAD region is a common challenge that mobilises Djibouti as much as the regional community but also the United Nations system. I warmly thank the European Union for the funding”, the Minister of Labour in charge of Formalisation and Social Protection of Djibouti, Mr Isman Ibrahim Robleh, said in his opening remarks.

Speaking for IGAD Executive Secretary, the Director of the Health and Social Development Division, Ms Fathia Alwan, said that the problems related to labour and employment in the region “call for a common approach in the context of regional integration and regulated labour mobility”. “Once established, the IGAD Labour Committee will create a space for Ministers of Labour to regularly engage in policy dialogue and provide strategic guidance in implementation of IGAD policies and priorities on labour and employment”, she continued.

Alexio Musindo, ILO representative to IGAD said: “The ILO welcomes the initiative by IGAD to create a platform for Ministers responsible for labour and employment as well as social partners to enhance regional coordination and collaboration towards reducing decent work deficits and increased productivity. Such a platform will help, based on evidence, share knowledge and policy framework to promote decent work in the region and build consensus towards a regional common approach.”

At the end of the conference, Ministers of Labour and Employment of the IGAD Member States are expected to establish an IGAD Employment and Labour Committee (IELC) and come up with a Declaration on Labour, Employment and Labour Migration in the IGAD region.

ILO is providing technical and financial support to the meetings through the European Union funded project on Free Movement of Persons and Transhumance in the IGAD Region with the objective to improve opportunities for regulated labour mobility and decent work within the IGAD Member States through the development of models of intervention, in the broader context of the regional integration process.



September 24, 2021 (New York, USA): H.E. Dr Workmen Gebeyehu, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) held a bilateral meeting with the Executive Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW), Ms. Yasmine Sherif, in New York, on the margin of the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

 Dr. Workneh and Ms. Sherif exchanged ideas on the ongoing partnership between IGAD and ECW on inclusive education for refugees, returnees and host communities as well as IDPs with emphasis on integrating these population groups in national education systems in IGAD member states as stipulated by the Djibouti Declaration.

 During the bilateral meeting, the IGAD Executive Secretary expressed his appreciation to Executive Director of ECW for her support and assured that IGAD will continue to work closely with Education Cannot Wait in future.

The Executive Secretary also invited Ms. Yasmine Sharif to Djibouti in connection with the forthcoming IGAD Minsters in charge of education to be held during the second week of December 2021.

In 2019, IGAD and ECW   signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the implementation of the Djibouti Declaration (DD).

Education Cannot Wait is a New York _ based international Organization working to ensure access to Education in Emergencies (EIE).

On 13th September 2021, the IGAD COVID-19 response team held a field monitoring visit in Adjumani district, Uganda in collaboration with National Ministry of Health, Adjumani district local Authority and EU-IGAD-COVID-19 partners; UNICEF and IOM for advocacy and monitoring of field activities by the partners. Adjumani district as a refugee host district continues to receive support from the EU-IGAD COVID-19 response to mitigate the health and socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.

The team was constituted of; IGAD regional Surveillance Expert, IGAD National Coordinator, UNICEF Focal Person and UNICEF regional implementation team, IOM project team, National Ministry of Health and Adjumani District Local Government Authority. In addition, World vision as the UNICEF implementing partner for GBV and UNHCR.

The field mission started at 9:30 with an entry meeting at the district council hall. The district Officials included; the District LC5 Chair Person, the Resident District Commissioner, the Chief Administrative officer and the District Health Officer for a short briefing before the team dispatched to the field. After the field visits the team converged at the district council hall for an exit meeting with the district authorities,
During the entry meeting the DHO welcomed the team and introduced the District team which included; CAO, RDC and LC5 Chair Person.

Dr. Micheal Kibuule, on behalf of the Commissioner planning and Partner coordination, welcomed the team and applauded the district of Adjumani for being exemplary in partner coordination which has made the district a preference for many partners. Appreciated the support the EU-IGAD COVID-19 response has given to the country and in particular to Adjumani district.

Simon Ogwang, the UNICEF Focal Person, commended the district authorities for the support they have received to facilitate the implementation of the project activities. Highlighted the success of the project in the district and noted that the EU-IGAD project has supported commendable work in the district highlighting the WASH system in Obilokongo HC II and Mireyi with 12 Public service points under construction, supply of PPEs, RCCE and GBV prevention and referral in the refugee settlements.

Dr. Harriet Nabukwasi, the Surveillance Expert on behalf of the Director of the Health and Social Division appreciated the health workers and the district authorities for the success in the COVID-19 response and the exemplary service being attested to by the partners. She gave a background to the EU-IGAD COVID-19 response and noted that continued government support is critical to facilitate implementation of the project in the district. The CAO, allowed the team to proceed to the field and asked that an exit meeting be held at 4:00 PM at the council hall.

The field visit started at Adjumani hospital visit where we had a briefing by the Hospital Medical Superintendent who appreciated the EU-IGAD support that has since improved IPC through donation of PPE, improved referral of severe and critical cases through the ambulance donated by UNICEF, supported testing and controlling infections among health workers by the IOM support. He also noted the challenges in observance of the COVID-19 SOPs in OPD and In-patient due to space constraints and requested for support.

The team visited the main hospital lab and the CPHL mobile lab supporting COVID-19 testing in the region. The CPHL lab appreciated staff support, logistics and fridge they had received from IOM under the EU-IGAD COVID-19 response.

The team then visited Obilonkongo HCII and Mireyi sites for the WASH system construction by UNICEF. Each with 12 Public service points for the refugees and host communities.

The team visited Pagirinya 1 refugee settlement where World Vision is implementing GBV activities on behalf of UNICEF

Representative of the Chief Administrative Officer Adjumani District

“We appreciate EU-IGAD for trusting Adjumani District with Tax payer’s money and also for choosing credible partners to support the COVID-19 response”

Chair Person LC5 Adjumani

“We appreciate IGAD for coming to Adjumani district and assure you that all projects in the district will be support and will succeed. Commend IGAD for following up on the implementation of the project.

August 18, 2021 (ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in collaboration with The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Organization for Migration convenes the 13th Meeting of the IGAD Regional Consultative Process on Migration (RCP) in Addis Ababa.

The event brings together experts from IGAD Member States spearheading the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) at the national level. Participants also include technical representatives from national ministries, the AU, Regional Economic Communities representatives, UN agencies, private sector, development partners, National Human Rights Institutions, NGOs and CSOs.

During this two-day meeting, participants will review the implementation of the GCM in the IGAD region, share experiences and contribute to the regional review report that will feed into the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) in 2022.

Speaking for IGAD Executive Secretary, Dr Mohamed Elduma-Senior Programme Coordinator at IGAD Health and Social Development Division noted that “the region is characterised by diverse forms of migration and human mobility is both a lifeline and a lifestyle for majority of the population”. “These migrants embody the region’s dynamism, adaptability and future, as they seek to better themselves and contribute both to the communities they come from and those to which they migrate”, he said

He highlighted that “integrating migration and human mobility into the national development is an important entry point”. “I am proud to note that some member states have already taken measure to promote this”, he continued as he opened the meeting.

The 13th Meeting of the IGAD Regional Consultative Process on Migration (RCP) meeting will mainly:

  1. reflect on the state of migration in the IGAD region in different areas of migration governance;
  2. highlight promising examples of migration governance in the IGAD region;
  3. identify gaps and challenges in the GCM implementation in the IGAD Region; and
  4. identify areas where IGAD Region requires further support to successfully

The outcome document of the IGAD RCP meeting will be submitted as an input to the Africa Regional GCM Review and the Global International Migration Review Forum in 2022.

The Swedish Government and German Cooperation (GIZ) provided financial and technical support for the meeting.

In December 2018, UN member States adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The adoption of the GCM represented a landmark moment in the pursuit of international cooperation on migration for the benefit of all. It is the first ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. Inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration – like the -IGAD Migration Dialogue – are among the stakeholders for the GCM implementation and review.