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The Horn of Africa Initiative

Launching the Horn of Africa Initiative, the Finance Ministers of the five Horn of Africa countries — Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Eritrea—issued a joint communiqué on 18 October 2019 in which they stressed the importance of regional, coordinated and concerted action among the countries to face common development challenges which are hampering their economic growth and poverty eradication efforts.

The new trajectory in regional cooperation in the Horn provides the basis for the Horn of Africa Initiative.

The case for regional integration and cooperation is embedded in the Horn’s geography, history, social and economic factors. First, integration can help to accelerate the growth engine, promote economic diversification, and expand regional trade. Attention to filling gaps in critical regional infrastructure along with ‘soft’ policy and regulatory reforms can propel growth. Second, big opportunities lie ahead, such as the demographic boom, rising urbanization, and the likely prospects of rapid technological improvements. These could fundamentally redefine production, trading, and consumption patterns. If optimized, these opportunities could become the 21st century’s drivers of greater integration in the region. Third, several cross-border vulnerabilities and environmental risks could be addressed through collective action by the countries of the Horn.

Photo by: Ambassador Fitsum Arega (Ambassador of Ethiopia to the USA)

The Horn of Africa Initiative

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Launching the Horn of Africa Initiative, the Finance Ministers of the five Horn of Africa countries — Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Eritrea—issued a joint communiqué on 18 October 2019 in which they stressed the importance of regional, coordinated and concerted action among the countries to face common development challenges which are hampering their economic growth and poverty eradication efforts.

The new trajectory in regional cooperation in the Horn provides the basis for the Horn of Africa Initiative.

The case for regional integration and cooperation is embedded in the Horn’s geography, history, social and economic factors. First, integration can help to accelerate the growth engine, promote economic diversification, and expand regional trade. Attention to filling gaps in critical regional infrastructure along with ‘soft’ policy and regulatory reforms can propel growth. Second, big opportunities lie ahead, such as the demographic boom, rising urbanization, and the likely prospects of rapid technological improvements. These could fundamentally redefine production, trading, and consumption patterns. If optimized, these opportunities could become the 21st century’s drivers of greater integration in the region. Third, several cross-border vulnerabilities and environmental risks could be addressed through collective action by the countries of the Horn.

The 4 Pillars of HoAI

Priority programs agreed by Horn of Africa countries are structured around 4 pillars:

Improving regional infrastructure connectivity

To realize an Interconnected Horn by promoting transport, energy and digital sector connectivity.

Promoting economic and trade integration

To boost trade, growth, and jobs for economic transformation.

Building resilience

To improve the Region’s capacity to withstand climatic and other shocks and to consolidate peace and security.

Strengthening human capital development

To boost skills and improve access to social services for the people of the Horn.

Calendar of Events

The project implementation is structured in stages and deliverables are programmed around specific objectives.

The activities for phase 1 have already started with internal and external communication rolled out. Inter-agency fora and consultations were held to establish an upstream and downstream support mechanism that will help design a robust package of priority projects.

Progress reports will be submitted as agreed by the assigned committees.

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Our Partners

The Horn of Africa Initiative recognizes the pivotal role of interconnectivity in achieving sustainable socio-economic growth and development across the five member states. for this to materialize, the HoAI welcomes wider donor engagement in all aspects of project implementation.

Private Sector Partners

The development of the soft-infrastructure and creating an investment climate are laid down to attract the participation of the private sector in the transmission segment.

Member Countries

Seven countries in the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Erithrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan) have voluntarily convened to accelerate the region’s all-round development and trade to foster political stability and economic transformation.

Downloadable Forms
HoAI Private Sector Application Form
Sample Publication
HoAI State Membership Form
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