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Enhancing Resilience in the Horn of Africa: An Evidenced-Based Workshop on Strategies for Success (Summary)

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January 25, 2012

The USAID Resilience Workshop was held on December 13-14, 2011. An abbreviated agenda is provided below, with links to available resources (video recordings and presentations). Download the full agenda, or read about the workshop on the Agrilinks Blog or the USAID Impact Blog.

OBJECTIVES

  • Foster a common understanding of what is meant by resilience and resilience programming;
  • Identify successful strategies and enabling conditions to build resilience, as well as lessons learned from less successful strategies;
  • Demonstrate the value of resilience programming in mitigating the effect of shocks and recovery from them, and its potential role in any "pathway out of poverty;" and
  • Identify the linkages between resilience and economic growth.

AGENDA

Day 1: December 13, 2011

Welcome Remarks by USAID
Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID

Welcome Remarks by IFPRI
Paul Dorosh, Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI

Welcome Remarks by the TOPS Program
Mark Fritzler, Director, USAID/Food for Peace-funded Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program 

Plenary Presentation: Resilience 101
John Hoddinott, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Chair: Beth Dunford, Director of Country Strategy and Implementation, Bureau for Food Security, USAID

Plenary Panel Discussion: The evidence base: What do we know about what works and what doesn’t?
Chair: Dina Esposito, Director, Office of Food For Peace, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID

  • Arid and Marginal Lands Recovery Consortium (ARC) program in Kenya
    Shep Owen, Regional Director, Food for the Hungry
  • Disaster Risk Reduction / Hyogo framework
    Harlan Hale, Southern Africa Advisor, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID
  • Pastoralist Livelihood Initiative in Ethiopia
    Abdifatah Ismail, Somali Regional State President Advisor on Humanitarian and Development, Government of Ethiopia

Keynote Address
Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID
Chair: Dina Esposito, Director, Office of Food for Peace, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID

Remarks: The Nairobi Strategy: Enhanced Partnership to Eradicate Drought Emergencies
H.E. Elkanah Odembo, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya, Washington, D.C.
Chair: Susan Fine, Director, Office of East African Affairs, Bureau for Africa, USAID

Breakout Session 1: Identifying and understanding context-specific vulnerabilities and the most effective responses

  • Economic
    Derek Headey, Research Fellow, IFPRI
    Penny Anderson, Director of Food Security, Mercy Corps
  • Governance and Institutions
    Girma Kassa, Conflict Management Advisor, Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism( CEWARD), Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD,) Ethiopia
    Hussein Halane, Senior Advisor, Global Humanitarian Accountability, Save the Children
  • Health and Nutrition
    Dan Gilligan, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
    Kristi Ladd, Technical Director of Nutrition, Food Security, ACDI/VOCA
  • Natural Resources
    Jesse T. Njoka, Center for Sustainable Drylands, University of Nairobi
    Paul Macek, Senior Director, Food Security and Livelihoods Team, World Vision
  • Social
    Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
    Mara Russell, Practice Manager for Food Security and Livelihoods, Land O’Lakes

Closing Remarks
Raja Jandhyala, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, USAID

Day 2: December 14, 2011

Welcome Remarks
Susan Reichle, Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID

Day One Summary
Tim Frankenberger, President, TANGO International

Plenary Panel Discussion: Developing a common agenda for building resilience: Lessons identified from recent efforts and gaps remaining
Chair: Neil Levine, Director of Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID

  • Consensus building for the Ethiopia New Coalition for Food Security and how that led to the safety net program
    John Graham, Senior Policy Advisor, USAID/Ethiopia
  • The links between resilience, conflict and food security
    Jeremy Konyndik, Policy and Advocacy Director, Mercy Corps
  • A regional lens for resilience programming
    Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, Research Fellow, IFPRI

Breakout Session 2: Strategies and policies to build resilience

Plenary Discussion of Breakout Session 2
Facilitator: Tim Frankenberger, President, TANGO International

Plenary Panel Discussion: Pathways out of poverty: Exploring the linkages between resilience and economic growth
Chair: Paul Dorosh, Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI

  • The value chain model
    Steve McCarthy, Senior Technical Director, Enterprise Development, ACDI/VOCA
  • The graduation model
    Alexia Latortue, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), The World Bank
  • DFID’s new resilience agenda
    Andrew Preston, Counsellor Development, Foreign and Security Policy Group, British Embassy, Washington D.C.

Plenary Presentation: Moving Forward in the Horn
Karen Brooks, Africa Region Agricultural Programs Manager, World Bank
Chair: Michael Curtis, Director of Office of Sustainable Development, USAID/Bureau for Africa

Plenary Discussion: Synthesis of Key Lessons Learned and Next Steps
Paul Dorosh, Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, IFPRI

Closing Remarks
Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Food Security, USAID

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This event was jointly hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Bureau for Food Security, and Bureau for Africa In partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the USAID/Office of Food for Peace-funded TOPS Program in support of the Feed the Future Initiative.