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IGAD receives support from EU, ADA

IGAD receives support from EU, ADA

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), signed a 42 million euros agreement that will help IGAD carry out peace and security programs in the Horn of Africa region. The agreement was signed on March 23, 2018.

The signing ceremony, which was held at the Austrian embassy residence in Addis Ababa, was attended by IGAD executive secretary, Mahboub Maalim (Eng.), head of the European Union Delegation to the AU, Ranieri Sabatucci and the managing director of Austrian Development Agency, Martin Ledolter.

The grant agreement, which covers a four-year period from 2018 to 2022, will help IGAD to improve its conflict early warning systems, become more skilled in mediation, and to counter trans-national security threats.

In particular, IGAD and its partner countries in the region will be able to improve the collection and distribution of early warning data, so that governments can take action in time to prevent conflicts.

A new Mediation Support Fund will finance the cost of sending mediation teams into conflicts as they happen, and train in mediation and preventive diplomacy that will improve the skills of the mediators. Countries of the region will be able to share their experiences of trans-national security threats, such as violent extremism and terrorism, and work together to find lasting solutions.

The agreement is one of many actions being funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which was established to promote stability and address the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons. The agreement also includes financing from the governments of Austria and Sweden.

The objective of this agreement which will be implemented for the coming four years is to improve the IGAD conflict early warning and response mechanism, enable cooperation between IGAD and national governments of the region on countering transnational security threats, enhance the skills of IGAD and national governments in the region for preventive diplomacy and mediation and provide capacity building and core staffing for IGADs peace and security division.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-country trade bloc in the Horn of Africa, was established in 1996. It includes governments from the Horn of AfricaNile Valley, and the African Great Lakes and is headquartered the capital of Djibouti.