In order to mitigate the effect of persistent, recurring drought in the Horn of Africa, it is vital that programs are established which enhance drought resilience and ensure sustainable development of arid and semi-arid lands (ASALS).
The Technical Consortium for Building Resilience (TC) in the Horn of Africa is a project of the CGIAR. The TC was established in 2011 as a knowledge management and research platform that combines science and development best practices to serve the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), its member states (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda), development partners and donors. Key to enabling this process is the Technical Consortium’s role in aligning existing research and knowledge institutions with country development priorities, informing different approaches to resilience investment planning and setting the stage for a new resilience-enhancing science and knowledge agenda in Africa.
A second aim was to harness CGIAR research and other knowledge on interventions to enhance drought resilience to inform sustainable development in the Horn. The long-term focus of the TC is on enhancing resilience to drought in the Horn and aims to coordinate and provide tehcnical support to IGAD and member states on evidence-based planning and programming for investments contributing to enhanced resilience of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands’ (ASAL) communities.
UPCOMING PLAN OF WORK
Our plan of work for the coming year includes the development of monitoring and evaluation tools, analytics and metrics for IGAD member states, to enable measurement of the impact of te proposed investments on enhanced resilience at different scales.
It must be noted that there are many agencies working on M&E for resilience and the TC is contributing to an ongoing larger body of work.
In addition to developing and testing M&E tools, the TC is closely reviewing and analysing Horn of Africa datasets to establish baselines for the member states, capture regional resilience and measure the impact of resilience investment.