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IGAD Communications team convenes on improving IGAD communications and institutional visibility

The IGAD communications team convened to review the IGAD Corporate Communications Strategy and to develop action plans with the aim of making IGAD Communications more effective and enhancing IGAD’s visibility on 8-11 June 2015 in Nanyuki, Kenya.

The meeting brought together communications team members from the IGAD Secretariat in Djibouti and specialized offices including CEWARN; IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD); IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Center (ICPAC); IGAD Security Sector Programme (ISSP) as well as the Office of the IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan (OSSES).

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CEWARN to roll out a regional Resource Mobilization strategy

The CEWARN team held a validation meeting of its draft regional resource mobilization strategy on 23-25 April 2015 in Addis Ababa. CEWARN with the support of a resource mobilization expert has developed a regional Resource Mobilization strategy to ensure a substantial boost in institutional development and increased programmatic budgetary allocations across the mechanism. This is in line with the demands of the CEWARN 2012-2019 strategy framework.

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CEWARN to launch enhanced CEWARN Reporter tool for data collection and analysis

The CEWARN team and representatives of Virtual Research Associates, a US based firm, convened on 30 April 2015 to work on an enhanced CEWARN Reporter tool for data collection and analysis. The CEWARN reporter, which is a software tool that allows CEWARN to receive, categorize and do preliminary analysis of vast amounts of early warning data from member states, has been in use for over a decade.

CEWARN is currently engaged in extensive reviews on the CEWARN Reporter to expand its utility in line with CEWARN’s expanded operational mandate of covering a wide range of conflict typologies and geographic areas.

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UN – IGAD to finalize collaborative framework on Peace and Security issues in IGAD region

Officials of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and IGAD Peace and Security Division as well as Heads of IGAD specialized Units including CEWARN convened on 21-23 April 2015 in Addis Ababa finalize a Joint Framework for institutionalizing collaboration and partnership between IGAD and the UN on Peace and Security issues in the IGAD region.

The envisaged framework outlines some key areas of collaboration including: conflict prevention and management (i.e. early warning, early response, and Mediation); democracy and good governance; elections and election related issues; emerging, evolving, and existing security threats in the region( such as violent extremism and terrorism); resource mobilization; cross-cutting issues (eg. capacity / relationship building and gender); and potential UN capacity support to the IGAD Department of Peace and Security.

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