Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022

7th October, 2021(Khartoum, Sudan): Dr Amal Almahi (CVO)/ Undersecretary, MoAR officially opened the one-day physical workshop. She thanked the IGAD/ICPALD, AU-IBAR and FAO for supporting the development of the strategy and facilitating the workshop to validate the draft SPS strategy and action plan. She invited the participants to pay attention to contents of the strategy, critic and enrich it so that it can be used to uplift the agriculture sector in the country. She congratulated the national and the international consultants for their commitment towards the development of the draft strategy and hoped that once ratified, the strategy will guide the transformation of the agriculture sector in Sudan. Forty-Three (43) participants drawn from the Ministries of Animal Resources, Agriculture, Human Health, Trade, EU, FAO, IFAD, and IGAD participated. The meeting made the following recommendations:

 

  • Comments and suggestions from workshop participants should be integrated into the SPS strategy by the consultant to form the final version,
  • Sudan should mainstream domesticated SPS strategy and action plan into national programmes to facilitate its implementation,
  • IGAD together with the Republic of Sudan should mobilize resources of the national government and donors to facilitate implementation of the strategy.

 

ICPALD expresses its appreciation to AU-IBAR for financial support that facilitated development of the strategy and FAO for financing the validation process.

 

3 October 2021, Adama, Ethiopia - The IGAD Security Sector Program (IGAD SSP) successfully conducted a five days national training on “The Role of Technology and Social Media Platforms as Recruitment Tools for Terrorist Networks and the Challenges for Security Institutions” held on 28 September – 02 October 2021 in Adama, Ethiopia. 

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7 OCTOBER 2021 (Adama, Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace and Security Division concluded three days regional experience sharing workshop on Post conflict Peace Building. The objective of the workshop was to share experiences among member states on post conflict peace building and update the IGAD Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) Policy Framework. Senior Officials and Experts from member States’ peace and security related institutions, AUC representative and officers from IGAD Peace and Security programs presented in the experience sharing workshop.

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September 14, 2021 (Adama, Ethiopia): The Peace and Security Division of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) kick started four days Bi-annual Review Meeting with the objective to facilitate internal consultative process and reflections both on programs and processes aimed at strengthening mechanisms and practices towards successful implementation.

Hon. Siraj Fegessa, director of IGAD Peace and Security Division (PSD), in his opening remarks highlighted that the review meeting is crucial in assessing the performance of the ongoing implementation the 2021 Peace and security Division Plan. It will also be a platform to identify best practices and challenges during the implementation.

The main agenda of the meeting is to review the mid-year report and performance, presentation of the new IGAD Strategy (2021-2025), reflection on post-IPPSHAR period and exchange of views on the regional peace and security issues.

The new IGAD strategy for the period 2021-2025 has been finalized including the peace and security strategic objectives. The peace and Security team also carried out intense reflections on the development of the new peace and security strategy.

The Workshop Review Meeting is funded by the European Union through the IPPSHAR Programme.


 

 

September 6, 2021 (GAROWE, Somalia): The Strategic Thinking for Somali Women Workshop in Garowe under the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) kicked off.

The participants of the three-day workshop were from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Ministry of Women Human Rights Development of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Member of Parliament of Puntland, CSO Representatives from South West, Galmudug, Jubaland, and Puntland Regional States, Women Group of Hirshabele, Action Peace for Human Development Organization, and the Somali Women Journalists Organization.

Officially, the Head of Mission to the Republic of South Sudan, Dr Aleu Garang, opened the meeting with the following remarks. “This workshop comes as the second in the series of training after the basic training for Somali women in Juba, South Sudan. We are happy how enthusiastic Somali women were when conducting the basic training on Capacity Building, Peace Building and Mediation. Today your commitment to be in this room and to turn out in numbers with this diversity indicates how serious you take this important training. We would like to see this platform as an opportunity for women to advocate for further representation in decision making, conflict prevention, and more representation in governance. On behalf of H.E the IGAD Executive Secretary, and on my own behalf, I welcome you and thank you very much for attending this workshop, and I declare it open.”

The workshop’s agenda comprised of:

  • Introduction and definition of Negotiation and Mediation;
  • Introduction and key concepts in Peace and Conflict Studies (Peace-making, Peace-keeping Peace-enforcement and Peacebuilding);
  • Conflict triggers, Conflict Analysis, Conflict Mapping focusing on actors and their interrelationships;
  • Conflict Resolution;
  • Developing a strategy for women in conflict areas through a joint action plan; and
  • SWOT analysis on the women in Peace Building.

Participants engaged with enthusiasm during the workshop through:

  • Active participation in asking and answering questions;
  • Panel discussion on The Role of Women in Peace & Conflict Prevention;
  • Facilitated discussion on the roles of the different implementation mechanisms, the best practices/successes and way forward.

The workshop aims at pushing the Women Peace and Security Agenda and in the end Strategic Planning and Developing an Action Plan and Roadmap towards Implementation of the Strategy for Women in Somalia.

 

 

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