13 September 2021 (Bishoftu, Ethiopia) The Gender Affairs Program, in partnership with the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiatives (IDDRSI), convened a coordination meeting for the Gender and Resilience Working Group on September 13th and 15th, 2021.
16-18 September 2021 (Bishoftu, Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) organised a Gender and Resilience Knowledge Share Fair on 16-18 September 2021 in Bishoftu, Ethiopia under the theme Good Practices in Mainstreaming Gender in Cross-Border Resilience Interventions in Karamoja and Mandera Clusters. H.E. Dr. Fikru Regassa, the State Minister of Agriculture of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia officially opened the share fair, which was attended by representatives of regional resilience projects, cross-border civil society organisations, and technical staff from the IGAD Secretariat, focal ministries implementing the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), other relevant ministries and local government.
“Share fairs provide an opportunity for different actors to come together and share knowledge, experiences and best practices on a given topic. This can create and strengthen a common knowledgebase and understanding and help to identify successful methods and approaches to the issue at hand,” Dr. Regassa said.
He emphasised the role that women play in their communities. Even in the face of their vulnerability to recurrent climatic shocks and stresses. “Women are active and dominant participants in socio-economic activities and are able to contribute more to the household income. Furthermore, women also have an immense role in peace building and conflict resolution,” he said.
Dr. Regassa underscored his government’s commitment to gender mainstreaming across all sectors to ensure men and women are equally treated and benefited from the existing and upcoming development endeavours.
Mr. Seleshi Tadesse, Director, for Women Mobilisation and Participation Enhancement at the Ministry of Women and Children also made opening remarks. He reiterated the national, regional and international commitments to gender mainstreaming.
“The realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the targets set require strengthened coordination and effectively and efficiently implementing the designed policy, programme and strategies,” he said.
Share fair promotes utilisation of knowledge for drought resilience in IGAD Member States
The 2021 Gender and Resilience Share Fair forms part of the response to a gender analysis of IDDRSI that revealed that gender based roles, identities and attributes deepened the vulnerability of women and girls to drought shocks. The analysis further identified huge capacity gaps in the understanding and appreciation of gender inequalities in IDDRSI, and by extension the ‘know how’ of interventions to address them. This finding pointed to the crucial need for generating and sharing knowledge and good practices to improve gender mainstreaming in resilience interventions.
During the event, speakers highlighted lessons and good practices in gender mainstreaming in the project cycle of regional resilience projects implemented through the support of partners like the World Bank and the European Union. In keynote addresses, poster presentations, as well as group and panel discussions, participants learnt about the role of women in conflict management and peace building, progress made in closing the gender gap on land, propagating positive cultural norms and values in policy and practice and managing child trafficking through by-laws and ordinances.
This was the fourth in a series of annual share fairs that are organised under the IDDRSI Priority Intervention Area 5: Research, Knowledge Management and Technology Transfer, whose strategic objective is to improve the utilisation of knowledge for drought resilience in IGAD Member States. The event was supported by the Government of Sweden, the European Union Trust Fund through GIZ and the World Bank funded Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Project.
27 August 2021 (Djibouti, Djibouti): Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, the Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) welcomes the appointment of H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria as African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, saying that Obasanjo is an experienced statesman, leader and diplomat.
Dr Workneh hailed the appointment as important given the need for coherence between efforts of IGAD, the AU and other partners in addressing development needs and sustainable peace in the region.
The Executive Secretary wished President Obasanjo success in his new role and looks forward to the pleasure of closely working with him to strengthen close ties, and partnership with the African Union
August 14, 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, yesterday concluded a three-day fact-finding mission in South Sudan.
This fact-finding mission comes after the 73rd Extra-ordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers which was held virtually on August 9 to “discuss the current political and security situation in the Republic of South Sudan and the implications on the implementation of the September 2018 Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS)”.
The Executive Secretary, who was accompanied by the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismael Wais, was received by the President of South Sudan, H.E Sala Kiir Mayardit, on August 12. Dr Workneh briefed the President on development and peace and security situation in the region” and consulted with him about the recent political developments in South Sudan and the way forward for swift implementation of the Security Arrangements of the September 2018 Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
During the same day, the Executive and the IGAD delegation met with the 1st Vice President, H.E Dr Riek Machar during a “productive meeting” when the Vice President briefed the IGAD delegation on current developments in South Sudan. Dr Workneh “noted the very good progress in the implementation of Chapter 1 of the Peace Process and agreed that Chapter 2 (Security Arrangements) should be expedited to sustain gains registered”.
During his visit, Dr Workneh also met with H.E Vice President Rebecca Garang and H.E Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi. He noted that the “recent developments in the country are a reminder for the urgent need for a unified national security apparatus to be constituted the soonest to materialise the Security Arrangements”.
During his mission, the Executive Secretary also engaged with RJMEC, UNMISS, UNHCR and other partners. Dr Workneh concluded his visit with a press conference to share the findings of mission.