The Integrated Drought Management Programme in the Horn of Africa
The Horn of Africa region is greatly affected by drought causing significant reduction of agricultural production, death of domestic animals and human suffering. For example, according the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2011, the human population affected by drought in the past 10 years was over 13 million people. Despite the drought and its consequences, degradation of the rich environmental and natural resource endowment continues unabated, largely due to increased human population, inadequate institutional and legal frameworks for resource allocation, civil wars and high poverty levels in the region. Efforts to combat drought in the region has focused on emergency/crisis responses which tend to be unsustainable. The IDMP HOA implementation approach is to shift from the reactive crisis management response to a more proactive approach to drought management, applying the principles of integrated water resource and risk management.
- Influencing national policies and strategies in the region;
- Support innovative drought related approaches and practices;
- Facilitate capacity development and knowledge/awareness creation;
- Building partnership and and fostering collaboration with key strategic partners.
- It’s a facility in partnership with other drought initiatives in the region to support countries in practical development and implementation of national drought policies, plans and strategies. This is done with the help of Country Water Partnerships (CWP). CWPs are neutral, multi-stakeholder platforms for dialogue and facilitating change processes, facilitating the implementation of the principles of IWRM instrumental in contributing to countries preparedness to drought. The CWP bring together Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Civil Society, Private Companies, and Academia.
- It’s a resource countries can tap into for technical support. The program is in the process of establishing held desk on drought management issues.
- Support action and implementation of innovative drought initiatives on the ground, adding to already existing efforts.
- The programme applies the principles of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), involving the GWP network at the country level (CWP) and thus, providing the fertile ground for other initiatives to take off.
- Regional Training on Applying IWRM Tools for Drought Risk Management, 15th -19th June 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia http://www.droughtmanagement.info/idmp-activities/idmp_hoa
- Training in International Water Law in Africa, 3-5 August, Kampala-Uganda http://www.gwp.org/gwp-in-action/News-and-Activities/Training-in-International-Water-Law-in-Africa/
Article contribution from:
Regional Project Manager,
Integrated Drought Management Program in the Horn of Africa
Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa
C/o Nile Basin Secretariat
P.O Box 192 Entebbe, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 321424