In 2011, much of the Horn of Africa faced the worst drought the region has seen in 60 years. In response, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is playing a lead role in developing a common program framework for ending drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa. The framework provides a way for governments and development partners to align their efforts to build resilience and growth in the Horn of Africa.
In support of the common program framework, USAID, together with the IGAD, the African Union, and a number of other development partners, co-hosted a Joint Ministerial and High-Level Development Partners Meeting on Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa. The meeting took place on April 4, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, and provided support for African-led country and region-level programming on ending drought emergencies in the Horn. It resulted in the formation of a new partnership to promote resilience against disasters: The Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience and Growth. This partnership will strengthen coordination and alignment of national, regional, and international humanitarian and development assistance in support of the common program framework; build new partnerships with civil society and the private sector; and reduce food insecurity in the drylands of the Horn of Africa.
In addition, a CAADP continent-wide partner platform meeting will be held in May with substantial civil society participation. At the CAADP meeting a follow up action plan will be discussed, as well as plan for a regional donor coordination arrangement that will link with the CAADP headquarters donor partners group. Join USAID to learn more about the outcomes of the April meeting and discuss opportunities for civil society engagement in the new efforts for enhancing resilience and building growth in the Horn of Africa.