Improving drought-resilience among the rural communities of the Horn of Africa

Project description

Title: Strengthening IGAD’s Capacity to Increase Resilience in the Horn of Africa (SCIDA III)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Co-funded by: European Union (EU)​​​​​​​
Country: IGAD Member States: Djibouti, Eritrea (currently suspended), Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Overall term: 2022 to 2026



The IGAD region in the Horn of Africa consists of 70 per cent arid or semi-arid land (ASALs), and it often experiences drought-related disasters. The regionis also marked by internal and cross-border conflicts. With an estimated population of 80 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in the IGAD region, these factors have led 8.7 million of them to abandon their livelihoods. Thus, the project target group is the poor pastoral and agro-pastoral population of the arid and semi-arid zones in the IGAD region.



IGAD’s performance in providing services to its member states is enhanced.



The project has three priority fields of action:

  • Improving the IGAD Secretariat’s regional services for its member states in cross-border disaster risk management caused mainly by climate change.
  • Supporting local pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in becoming more resilient to natural disasters.
  • Implementing regional, transnational, real-time disease surveillance and monitoring to mitigate pandemics.

The approach aims to improve the functionality of the Regional Economic Community (REC) through capacity-development activities.


Last update: Dezember 2022

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