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IGAD Official Member of the IPC Global Partnership

DATE
Nov 2015
REGION - COUNTRY
East and Central Africa

The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has accepted the invitation to become an official member of the IPC Global Steering Committee (SC), joining the other two regional governmental bodies, CILSS and SICA, and bringing up to 12 the number of IPC Global Partners. 

This membership will allow IGAD to contribute directly to the global strategic decisions and directions of the IPC initiative, ensuring a regional governmental ownership, which is deemed necessary for a successful delivery of IPC work. 

IGAD is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes. The origin of IGAD was initially aimed at combating droughts and address wider development issues before IGAD’s mandate was widened in 1996 to include to peace and security. IGAD’s membership in IPC is motived by the fact that IPC’s first experiment was in Somalia, an IGAD founding Member State, and it is now a global phenomenon covering more than 17 African countries. IPC is also a crucial input in the wider resilience agenda being driven by IGAD and contributes significantly to the regional Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) which is co-chaired by IGAD and FAO.Thus, as one of the IPC Partner’s, IGAD will play a crucial role in advocating and supporting the adoption of IPC at both continental level in Africa and other parts of the world.

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