The United Nations Department of Political and Peace building Affairs (UN DPPA) and IGAD’s Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) held a training program on effective writing, political analysis and reporting on 1 – 4 October 2019 in Addis Ababa. The training targeted analysts from the CEWARN Unit, Office of the Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa as well as Field offices in Khartoum and Juba.
Chief of Policy and Guidance of the UN Department of Political and Peace Building Affairs (UN DPPA) Roselyn Akome and Director of CEWARN Unit Camlus Omogo presided over the program which was organized within the framework of a cooperation agreement that was signed between the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and IGAD in 2015.
UN staff from DPPA's Guidance and Learning Unit in collaboration with the Language and Communications Programme, Department of Management Strategy Policy and Compliance delivered the training. In the course of the program, CEWARN’s early warning reporting templates were reviewed and refined to ensure effective communication of conflict early warning to decision makers.
The 2015 cooperation agreement between the UN and IGAD is intended to institutionalize collaboration among relevant departments of the two organizations on peace, and security issues in East and Horn of Africa region. It is also aimed at ensuring coherence between the two organizations’ conflict management initiatives based on comparative advantages.
While the agreement lays emphasis on conflict prevention, early warning and early action, its scope covers wide spectrum of Conflict Prevention Management and Resolution (CPMR) initiatives including joint conflict analysis and research; developing common strategies to address cross-border security threats as well as joint initiatives on promoting democracy and good governance and mediation.
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The CEWARN reporter is a web-based tool that enables CEWARN track, categorize and analyze large volumes of conflict early warning data from IGAD’s seven member states. Its current design is an upgraded version of what CEWARN used in its first decade of operation with a limited focus on pastoral and related conflicts in two cross-border areas of the IGAD region, with data exclusively drawn from weekly incident and situation reports.