The HoAI Secretariat is pleased to invite you to participate in next week’s workshop on HoAI Pillar 3: “Promoting Resilience,” Country Focal points and Development partners are kindly
The HoAI Secretariat is pleased to invite you to participate in next week’s workshop on HoAI Pillar 3: “Promoting Resilience,” Country Focal points and Development partners are kindly requested to forward this event to counterparts inadvertently left out.
The Horn of Africa (HoA) Initiative is based on the core principle of countries coming together to strengthen economic integration and regional cooperation in order to promote economic transformation, creation of jobs and promoting the shared welfare of the people. The HoA Initiative builds upon recent progress on regional cooperation amongst countries of the ‘small’ Horn by identifying and taking forward a set of priority regional investments and policy reforms and harmonization to address barriers to integration.
During 2019 – 2020, the countries have come together to agree on a package of priority projects in four intervention pillars: regional infrastructure connectivity; trade and economic integration; promoting resilience, and building human capital.
The workshop is expected to help countries to develop a shared understanding on how to strengthen the resilience pillar of the HoA Initiative. The following is the proposed program for the technical workshop.
13:00 – 13:15 Welcome and setting the context. Remarks by the chair (Djibouti) and resource institution (IGAD).
13:15 – 13:45. Discussion on developing a shared framework for building resilience in the HoA.
The session will address the key factors that need to be considered when building regional resilience in the HoA. The presentation will share the findings from a recent stocktaking of regional resilience projects and will introduce a Transboundary Resilience framework that (a) highlights key areas of action for resilience building in the Horn and that (b) emphasizes the linkages between the regional, national and local levels in order to achieve ‘end-to-end’ resilience, helping guide the design of investments.
13:45 – 16:15 Overview and discussion of potential resilience proposals.
This session will provide an overview of the three new areas proposed for the HoAI Resilience Pillar, each followed by a plenary discussion to get the countries’ feedback on priority investments and technical assistance. [15 min presentation + 30 min discussion]
13:45-14:30 Desert Locust Response and Preparedness
The session will focus on the priority investments and technical assistance that would be needed by HoAI countries to increase their preparedness for desert locust and other transboundary pests and diseases and way to coordinate ongoing efforts.
14:30-14:45 Coffee Break
14:45-15:30 HoA Groundwater for Resilience
The session will focus on the development and management of groundwater for regional resilience, looking at strengthening knowledge systems, building countries’ capacity and assessing the feasibility of specific investments.
15:30-16:15 Promoting Resilience in the Borderlands of the HoA
The session will focus on the policy, institutional and infrastructure investments to enhance risk resilience of individuals, institutions and systems in borderlands and lagging regions, including the creation of economic opportunities, improved social services, and improved public safety of marginalized cross-border functional regions.
16:15 – 16:45. Areas for inclusion in the HoA Resilience Pillar: Discussion about synergies and proposed scale of interventions
This session will consist of a plenary discussion focused on the synergies that exist between the proposed areas of intervention with ongoing and emerging resilience initiatives, the potential scale of the investments, and opportunities that need to be considered in order to maximize resilience impact across scales (at the regional, national and local level).
16:45 – 17:00. Next steps and closing. Remarks by the chair (Djibouti) and resource institution (IGAD).
(Tuesday) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EAT
Horn of Africa Initiative Secretariat