Saturday, Nov 27, 2021

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.

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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is one of the foremost regional economic communities (RECs) championing for peace, stability and sustainable development in Africa. IGAD has used all available platforms to build peace, prevent and resolve conflicts and support its member states in reconciliation processes, post-conflict reconstruction, good governance, and transition towards democracy.

A very large portion of the population is the IGAD region is youth under the age of 25.

Education in general and skills development in particular are seen as important interventions in fostering durable peace, gainful employment and socioeconomic transformation in the region.

This is one of the reason why IGAD adopted a regional education policy framework that aspires to promote quality, relevant, affordable, accessible and inclusive education in the region. This policy framework emanated from the Djibouti Declaration on Education for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities adopted by IGAD ministers in charge of education in line with the commitments made by the IGAD Heads of State and Government under the Nairobi Declaration in 2017.

Since then, IGAD has been implementing a number of projects and initiatives in the education sector. One of this is a regional scholarship scheme launched by the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, during the First IGAD Universities’ Forum held in Jigjiga, Ethiopia, on 5-6 April 2021.

The rationale behind the IGAD scholarship scheme is to facilitate inclusive access to scholarship among the youth in displacement and refugee situations, since higher education and skills development opportunities are extremely inaccessible for this category of people. Moreover, IGAD considers scholarship for young people as a cornerstone of regional integration, people-to-people interaction and mutual understanding; all of which are building blocks for peace and stability in the region and beyond.

IGAD will continue to work with a wide-range of bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure equitable access to education and to inculcate the spirit of solidarity and fraternity among the youth so that they will continue to play constructive roles in society.

Another aspect of IGAD promoting Youth for the wider agenda of peace and prosperity for the IGAD region, the IGAD Peace and Security Division launched the IGAD Youth Forum for Peace on April 29, 2021 in Entebbe, Uganda in the presence of the IGAD Executive Secretary, Minister of State for Youth of Republic of Uganda, representatives of National Youth Associations and Youth Ministries of IGAD member states.

The IGAD Youth Forum for Peace is a regional platform to give youth an opportunity to express their ideas, opinions, and needs to decision makers, and mobilise the youth community for peace at national and regional level. The regional platform will create opportunity for the youth of the region to play their role for durable and sustainable peace. The initiative aims at inspiring young people to be change makers and to take responsibility to make a difference in their community. It will also encourage the youth to commit personal responsibility in their respective countries in promoting, peace building, social cohesion and actualisation of respective development agenda. The forum will be instrumental to link the policy space and the voice of the youth, and to mobilise the Youth for peace, security and stability in the region.

The forum is expected to provide the institutionalised platforms for deliberations and communications to enhance understanding of youth’s aspiration, priorities and concerns, and shared values. It will also serve as a platform for youth to engage with IGAD and the Member States on regional peace and security agenda and enable to enhance a better understanding of how the youth can contribute to peace in the region. The next step will be operationalising of the Forum mainly in developing institutional instruments and training of selected youth leaders of the Region. IGAD will also appoint IGAD Youth Envoys in collaboration with member states’ relevant institutions.

 

By:
Kebede Kassa Tsegaye, PhD
Senior Program Coordinator
Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

And
Moges Ali
Governance Officer
Political Affairs Programme
August 17, 2021