The IGAD Disaster Risk Management (DRM) programme was initiated in 2004, and since its inception, it has played a pivotal role in advancing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) efforts within the IGAD region. The programme has achieved significant milestones by facilitating the development of regional and national policies and strategies, establishing a robust regional platform for discussing DRM Agendas, and enhancing the disaster response capabilities of Member States to effectively anticipate, prepare for, and respond to disaster events. In line with the evolving priorities and global frameworks, the programme has undergone revisions to align with the four core priorities of the Sendai Framework. These priorities encompass enhancing risk knowledge, fostering effective disaster risk governance, promoting investment in DRR for building resilience, and strengthening preparedness mechanisms.
The overarching objective of the programme is to reduce the adverse impacts of disasters, particularly minimizing the number of people affected and damage to infrastructure by such events. To achieve this goal, the programme focuses on the implementation of improved multi-hazard early warning systems, enabling timely and accurate dissemination of critical information to the focal institutions of member states. Moreover, the programme places a strong emphasis on promoting climate-resilient livelihoods across the region, ensuring that vulnerable communities are better equipped to adapt and withstand the challenges posed by a changing climate. By aligning with international frameworks and prioritizing proactive measures, the IGAD DRM programme is well-positioned to make a tangible difference in disaster risk reduction and community resilience. As it continues to evolve and adapt to emerging challenges, the programme remains committed to its mission of safeguarding lives, livelihoods, and ecosystems in the face of disasters.
IGAD has developed an institutional and operational framework for Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems aligned to the African Union Commission (AUC). The regional framework promotes multi-hazard and multi-sectoral approach to Early Warning Systems with the Situation Room as a delivery mechanism.
Two regional atlases were produced in close consultation with Member States. The Climate Risk and Food Security Atlas (2017)
Early Warning Systems should be tied to early action or anticipatory action. Anticipatory Actions are a set of pre-identified actions taken based on pre-defined thresholds and triggers with pre-arranged financing.
The programme undertake several technical trainings at regional and national levels. Some of the training topics include hazard and risk assessment using Earth Observation and GIS technologies,
The programme aims to promote climate-smart livelihoods, enhance climate change adaptation, and build community resilience. As part of its efforts, IGAD has implemented a successful pilot climate-smart agriculture project in the semi-arid regions of Kenya, specifically in Kulaan, Dadaab, Garissa County.
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