Sunday, Dec 15, 2019

14-02-2019, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA: The Director of Health & Social Development Division of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ms Fathia Alwan, today opened a Regional Seminar for Judges aimed at promoting regional cooperation and coordination on the protection of vulnerable migrants along with the Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia, and a representative from the Embassy of Germany to Ethiopia.

Participants from IGAD Member States plus Egypt and Tunisia, including judges and other criminal justice practitioners, representatives from CSOs, academia, and government are participating in this two-day Seminar.

At this Seminar, judges will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and best-practices pertinent to migration-related cases, involving issues such as human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, while focusing specifically on the judiciary’s role.

During her opening remarks Ms Fathia Alwan noted that the United Nations Global Compact for Migration “acknowledges the critical role of the judiciary in protecting the human rights of migrants and prosecuting the perpetrators of Smuggling and Trafficking in Human beings”.

She recalled that in 2015, “IGAD convened a Regional Consultative Process meeting on Trafficking in Persons and Migrants Smuggling”, and that “one of the major findings from the meeting was that in most instances, vulnerable migrants and victims of trafficking and smuggling are more likely to end up in administrative detention, and in some instances, they are prosecuted due to absence of clear policies on victim assistance and witness protection”.

Ms Fathia Alwan concluded by calling on the participants “to strive to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities migrants face at different stages of migration by respecting, protecting and fulfilling their human rights and providing them with care and assistance”.

The Seminar is supported by the European Union and the German Cooperation. The objective of the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme is to improve the migration management in the Eastern African region in response to the needs identified by the countries of the Khartoum Process.



Dec. 06, 2018, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti): Ethiopia Federal Minister of Education, H.E. Dr. Tilaye Getie, today presided over the “Second Conference of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers in charge of Education/Higher Education on the Implementation of the Djibouti Declaration on Education for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities” in Addis Ababa.

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14-11-2018, Djibouti-Ville, Djibouti: IGAD under Health and social division has started implementing the Global Fund TB/HIV program in more than 50 refugee camps/settlement areas in the region since January 2017. One of the main component of this grant is strengthening and building the capacity of Health care providers through the provision of training prevention, early diagnosis and treatment and care of Tuberculosis and HIV infections.

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30-10-2018,Djibouti (Djibouti): The Health & Social Development Division of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is set to establish a document repository and sharing system. This intervention is aimed at strengthening knowledge management functions of thee Division.

 While opening a workshop aimed at gaining understanding of the existing opportunities, needs and gaps for documentation and archiving, Ms.Fathia Alwan, Division Director said, “We have so much data and information within the Division that spans back to over 20 years,”.

 Thegoal of the IGAD document repository and sharing system technical is to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of IGAD programming by increasing access to and sharing of, technical resources and tools that support planning, implementation and evaluation.

Funded by the USAID Kenya and East Africa, the initiative is being driven by technical assistance from Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project of the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communication Programs.

 “We are happy with the work that IGAD is doing on this activity despite the late start due to internal challenges with disbursement,” said Dr. Agiso C.Odhuno, Regional Global Fund Liaison Specialist, Health Population and Nutrition Office, USAID Kenya and East Africa at the workshop opening. “I wish you all a fruitful session.”

 IGAD’s Health and Social Division works to improve the health of cross-border health populations, the refuges and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the 8 member states (Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Somali, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea). The document archival and sharing system is aimed to enhancing the Divisions efficiency in delivering quality health services through the member states.

 IGAD through the technical support from K4Health has just completed an extensive Knowledge Management Needs and Gaps assessment in all the member states (Except Eritrea). This exercise is aimed at providing critical insights to what sorts of knowledge the health sector handles, knowledge users, their capacities, and the existing platforms for knowledge management.  Further, the aim of the assessment was to learn about the documents collection, curation, exchange, and dissemination platforms developed in the past, currently in place (used or unused) at IGAD—for health and beyond—among IGAD secretariat and IGAD member state offices.


Jarret Cassaniti, Senior Program Officer, and Daniel Adero, Regional Knowledge Management Specialist, with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) Knowledge for Health Project (K4Health) will lead the development team. They are to work with IGAD Health and Social Development Division staff, especially the program coordinator, the IGAD KM Coordinator, and the Information Technology Manager. The development team’s main task is to learn about IGAD’s archival system and conceptualize the development of a document collection, categorization, and sharing system for its Health and Social Development Division.

 IGAD aims to develop a robust knowledge management system by the end of this process that will support current and future KM practices