The United Nations and the East Africa bloc on Tuesday pledged to partner in managing conflict and poverty within communities living along the borderlands in the Horn of Africa.
Workneh Gebeyehu, executive secretary of Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said that the region is a tough place and requires cross-border cooperation and political support to help reduce challenges that bedevil populations.
The partnership will support member states, local governments and communities in addressing the drivers of conflict and instability, irregular migration and displacement across the borderlands in the sub-region.
Walid Badawi, resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya said that a large number of borderland inhabitants suffer from extreme poverty and marginalization. Badawi noted that the projects that have been implemented through an integrated approach, have contributed to economic integration, peace and security, inclusive growth, and enhanced economic opportunities, climate resilience, and social cohesion in the borderlands.
Stephen Jackson, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya said when borderlands in Africa are positively engaged, they become places of profound opportunities. He urged IGAD to help convert complexities in the Horn of Africa into opportunities in the region since it is currently having more trouble than it has been before.
The UNDP and IGAD have designed projects that will be implemented to benefit the next generation cross border programs, which leaves no one behind in the attainment of the 2030 Agenda. Enditem