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Nairobi, Kenya, 19 April 2019: The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim has sent a message of congratulations to Hon. Gedu Andargachew on his appointment today as the new Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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10 April 2019, NAIROBI (Kenya): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, this morning inaugurated Technical Joint Consultations on Strengthening IGAD Planning, Monitoring and Reporting Framework, Tools and Indicators in Nairobi.

These two-day consultations are gathering IGAD member states’ Ministries/Departments with the role of planning and monitoring of regional, continental and global agendas along with Project Managers/Coordinators and Sector Experts from IGAD Secretariat and Specialised Institutions.

This meeting is part of a series of technical consultations that focus on providing comprehensive set of strategic actions and activities that will lead to in-depth analytical review of the existing policy and operational environment across IGAD to strengthen the planning, monitoring and reporting frameworks, tools and indicators.

The consultations are to determine the degree of alignment of IGAD’s regional Strategy 2016-2020 with the AU Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) frameworks, and identify priority issues for actions to attain the recommended high degree of alignment. This includes establishing complementarily of indicators (targets and baselines) and milestones between all levels.

It is in this respect that another Consultations Meeting dedicated to IGAD Secretariat and Specialised Institutions Project Managers/Coordinators and Sector Experts was held on 08 and 09 April at the same venue.

At the opening of the member states and IGAD staff consultations today, Amb Maalim highlighted the importance for all to “conclude the meeting after fruitful deliberations having internalized the fact that we need to work on Planning, M&E and Reporting at the in-country, regional and global level”.

At the closure of this meeting between member states planning entities and IGAD organisation staff members, it is expected that:

  • Action points are identified for priority activities to strengthen and harmonize IGAD planning, monitoring and reporting framework/system and policy;
  • Integration of IGAD results framework indicators (baseline and targets) with the AU Agenda 2063 and SDGs are reviewed; and
  • Budget process of projects and programs as per the IGAD Operational Plan 2019 work plan and budget are fine-tuned.

In order for IGAD to foster a collaborative, unified and systematic approach to result-based management, harmonization of indicators, milestones and expected results is essential. Also identifying points to continuously streamline IGAD strategy to the continental and national targets and goals is of paramount importance.





19 March 2019, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, today received the Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia and Djibouti, H.E. Antoine Chevrier, on a courtesy visit to the Secretariat of the regional organization.

The Ambassador of Belgium to Ethiopia and Djibouti, H.E. François Dumont, was also received by the Executive Secretary during a courtesy.

Yesterday, the Executive Secretary received the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, H.E. Dr Alastair McPhail, who came on a courtesy call.

The Executive Secretary expressed his satisfaction to see all these friendly countries’ interest in IGAD as an organization and in the IGAD region as well, knowing that they entertain strong and deep bilateral relations with IGAD Member States.



10 March 2019, DJIBOUTI, Djibouti: The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim, this morning received the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of IGAD Member States based in Addis Ababa, H.E. Mohamed Adam Mohamed Ismael, in his office at the Secretariat of the regional organisation.

"The collaboration between the Executive and the Legislative arms of IGAD is of paramount importance for the fulfilment of our mandates", the Executive Secretary said.

Secretary General Mohamed highlighted the two bodies’ “similarities in visions and objectives” “to serve the people of the IGAD region to attain peace, security, economic development and integration”. He added that “attainment of those objectives and visions” required both “the executive and legislative processes to work hand in hand”.

The same day, a delegation led by Ambassador Mohamoud Mohamed Dirir, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, came to the Secretariat to meet the Executive Secretary along with his Directors and senior staff members. "The essence of our visit is to inform the ongoing reviewing process of our foreign policy", Amb Dirir said. He also highlighted that similar delegations were sent to countries in the region.


10-03-2019, DJIBOUTI, Djibouti: Following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft in Ethiopia this morning, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E. Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, presents his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who lost their beloved ones in that tragic accident. 

“It is always shocking and sad news to hear of such an accident. It’s even more deeply affecting when it occurs in a country within our region and a flight route all familiar to us”, he said. 

“I cannot seem to find words comforting enough to the families and friends of those who might have lost their lives in this tragedy”, the Executive Secretary continued. 

He noted that the whole IGAD region and the world are today mourning. “As this tragedy is unfolding, I pray for the souls of those who have lost their lives to find eternal peace”, he concluded.


07 March 2019, DJIBOUTI (Djibouti): The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) joins its Member States of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda; Other Regional Economic Communities; The African Union; The United Nations and other regional and international organisations on the occasion to mark the International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8th March 2019.

 Women not only constitute more than half of the IGAD Member States’ population, but are also important actors in the socio-economic and political transformation of the region. “We cannot credibly talk about promoting peace, prosperity and integration for sustainable development in the region if half of the population is left behind on account of historical, cultural, bureaucratic, political or other grounds of discrimination and exclusion”, observed the IGAD Executive Secretary, H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim.

 IGAD Secretariat notes that the frequent droughts coupled with other adverse effects of climate change, peace and security challenges in the region including violent extremism, terrorism, and human trafficking among others have a differential impact on women, men, boys, girls and other demographic categories of the population. This acknowledgement underscores the crucial importance for all duty bearers to pay special attention to inequalities that deepen and intensify vulnerabilities to livelihoods and other shocks.

 “The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’ is clearly a clarion call that places gender equality and women’s empowerment on the critical path of attaining the aspirations contained in the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the African Union Agenda 2063” remarked H.E. Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim.

 On this occasion, IGAD Secretariat commends Member States and Partners for the various efforts directed towards empowering women and girls in the region. The Secretariat further pledges to strengthen regional cooperation in addressing shared challenges in this realm, guided by agreed regional and international normative principles and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment.


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