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Summary of Regional Humanitarian Outlook Meeting Nairobi, Kenya 3 October 2016 14.00 – 16.00

Summary of

Regional Humanitarian Outlook Meeting

Nairobi, Kenya

3 October 2016

14.00 – 16.00

Co-Chaired by Mr. Pete Manfield, Head, OCHA ROSEA; Ambassador (ENG) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary, IGAD

Background

On 3 October 2016, IGAD and OCHA convened a donor and partner briefing to discuss and endorse the draft sixth iteration of the Regional Outlook for the Horn of Africa (HoA) and Great Lakes (GL) region document. The agenda, presentation and list of participants are annexed to this note.

Objectives

To share a common understanding of key risks facing the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region that are likely to exacerbate humanitarian conditions in the region over the next quarter
To agree on a set of priority preparedness and advocacy actions at the regional and global level to support country-level efforts to mitigate and respond to humanitarian needs and strengthen resilience

Introduction

Pete Manfield, Head of OCHA ROSEA, welcomed participants and underlined the importance of joint analysis in a region where most humanitarian challenges have a cross-border impact, noting that key humanitarian indicators remain highly dynamic and global resources are constrained. Humanitarian needs in the HoA and GL region are mostly caused by slow onset crises, such as drought, or deepening conflict. The latter has led to rising resource requirements, in particularly for refugee programmes in stable states. Prioritization is key both to a) inform engagement with development partners through resilience and multi-year programmes, and b) allocate resources amid global constraints. Conflict is also increasingly constraining delivery, pushing up costs further.

Ambassador Mahboub, Executive Secretary for the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) added that this meeting was timely as there is an urgent need to act together to tackle key drivers of humanitarian issues in the region. He briefed on the establishment of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDRSSI) after the 2010/2011 regional drought. IDRSSI aims to link humanitarian, resilience and development interventions to reduce humanitarian needs in the region. IGAD will shortly share the mid-term review of the 15 year IDRSSI strategy with partners. This document will not only inform the regional but also the global agenda on resilience , including through the work the two Global El Niño Envoys, who are working on the development of standard operating procedures and the blueprint for resilience programming. IDRSSI has also prioritized borderlands development in the region to address chronic humanitarian need and increase development.

Ambassador Mahboub further briefed on the IGAD Heads of State Summit in Mogadishu in September 2016, where the need for an economic recovery fund to address humanitarian and development needs in the region was agreed. He also highlighted the recent establishment of the IGAD Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (MMS) and a Regional Coordinator on Countering Violent Extremism. Ambassador Mahboub also highlighted the work of IGAD on peace and security issues in the region, particularly in South Sudan, where IGAD aims to 1) ensure the Addis Ababa peace agreement is implemented, 2) increase humanitarian access, 3) support the AU investigation into accountability for the July 2016 events and 4) support the deployment of the protection force.

Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
11 Oct 2016
Document type: 
Meeting Minutes