Agreement with regional African body signed to work on peace and security

International Alert has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to accompany the Secretariat on the realisation of their strategy on peace and security issues and regional integration.

IGAD is an intergovernmental body set up by its Member States in East Africa: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. It works on three thematic areas: Agriculture and Environment, Economic Cooperation and Social Development, and Peace and Security.

The IGAD region has a population of over 200 million people and it continues to grow rapidly, particularly in urban areas, which is presenting new pressures and opportunities for peace and development.

We noted our shared priorities with IGAD including promoting democracy and good governance, helping businesses and entrepreneurs to get behind regional peacebuilding efforts, empowering women to build more inclusive societies, mitigating the effects of climate change, and supporting more transparent natural resource management.

These are some of the factors that contribute to influencing peace in the region. Together with IGAD we will now seek funds to implement specific programmes that tackle these issues.

The MoU was signed at the IGAD headquarters in Djibouti by our CEO Harriet Lamb and Mohamed Moussa, Director of Agriculture and Environment Division who was signing on behalf of IGAD’s Executive Secretary.

“This MOU will enhance cooperation and the working partnership with International Alert – who has expertise and is working on themes similar to IGAD. Our cooperation, which will be multifaceted, will contribute to integration and build peace”, said Moussa.

Our Senior Adviser Lulsegged Abebe was also present at the signing.

“Now we have signed this comprehensive MoU, we can really get behind seeking funds to turn the words on the page into action on the borders and in the region. We look forward to working with IGAD on specific projects, from cross-border trade to violent extremism”, said Abebe.

After signing of the MoU, a meeting was also held to discuss how to prevent violent extremism in the Horn of Africa.

Find out more about our work with the African Union.