Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018

The Karamoja Cluster is one of the areas in the IGAD region which is affected by recurrent drought, which in turn is leading to conflicts as a result of competition for water and pastures. IGAD embarked on a study to analyze the nexus between natural resources use and conflicts in the Cluster, which came up with a recommendation to take the Karamoja Cluster as an ecological, economic, social and security zone that has to be addressed in an integrated manner. Accordingly, IGAD undertook an integrated development plan for the Karamoja Cluster, which was presented to Member States on 5-6 November 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting endorsed the integrated development plan and the proposed institutional structure under IGAD secretariat to support the implementation of the plan. IGAD will submit the recommendation to the next IGAD Council of Ministers for their consideration.

Eng. Mahboub Maalim and Prof. Christian BorgemeisterOn 2 August 2012 at icipe’s HQ in Nairobi, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Executive Secretary, Eng. Mahboub Maalim and the Director General of icipe, Prof. Christian Borgemeister, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming at reinforcing the mutual cooperation of IGAD and icipe in promoting food security and environmental protection through scientific research, and capacity and institutional building. Dr Solomon Munyua, IGAD Coordinator, Mr Mario Margiotta, iicipe's Head of the Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme and Prof. Suresh Raina, Head of the Centre’s Adaptation to Climate Change and Ecosystem Services Cluster also attended the signing ceremony.

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The 1st Steering Committee of the INWRMP was convened at IGAD Headquarters on 9-10 July 2012. The meeting was addressed by H. E. Nicola DELCROIX, EU Ambassador to Djibouti and H. E. Eng. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD. They both indicated that the project implementation has been delayed as a result of a very long gestation period and stressed the need to expedite its implementation. They urged all stakeholders to meet deadlines so as not to create another delay. The meeting was attended by nominated representatives of Member States as well as by the Focal Points for the Programme.

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