Fourth African Drought Adaptation Forum

The African Drought Risk and Development Network’s fourth Africa Drought Adaptation Forum (ADAF) took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 13-14, 2011. As a follow up of discussions of the previous three ADAFs and in view of recent discussions related in particular to the ongoing drought crisis in the Horn of the Africa (HoA) region, the objectives of the ADAF4 are to provide a forum for participants to:

  1. Identify the key barriers and constraints to the promotion of sustainable drought risk management (DRM) in the HoA region, particularly in the areas of: a) funding mechanisms for long-term drought mitigation; b) access to resources and services in drought prone areas; and c) enhancement of drought preparedness through improved early warning and action.
  2. Map out the practical solutions to overcome the barriers and constraints identified through the sharing the experiences and lessons learnt from proven DRM practices within and outside Africa region; and
  3. Strengthen partnerships and cooperation among DRM practitioners for implementation of the identified solutions.

DAY 1

Opening Session

Part I: Problem Analysis in Panel Discussions

a) Existing Gaps in Funding Mechanisms for Long-Term Drought Mitigation (Chair: Pedro Basabe, UN-ISDR)

Panel Members

  • Cees Wittebrood, EC-ECHO
  • Anders Ronquist, Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA) / Kenya Donor Coordination Group
  • Rakhi Bhavnani, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank
  • Hassan Hulufo, CARE
  • Alexander Matheou, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • Abdi Dakane Affey, District Pastoral Association - Wajir

b) Existing Gaps in Access to Resources and Services in Drought Prone Areas (Chair: Eric Patrick, UNDP-DDC)

Panel Members

  • Benoit D'Ansembourg, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  • Keflemariam Sebhatu, The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  • Emmanuella Olesambu, FAO
  • Vanessa Tilstone, Oxfam / Regional Learning and Advocacy Programme (REGLAP)
  • Kennedy P. Mutati, The Sahelian Solutions (SASOL) Foundation
  • James Teprey, World Health Organization (WHO)

c) Existing Gaps in Drought Preparedness: Early Warning – Early Action and Comprehensive Contingency Planning (Chair: Olusegun Ojo, African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University)

Panel Members

  • Gerry McCarthy, Inter Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Disaster Preparedness for East and central Africa
  • Byron Anangwe, Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
  • Patrick Luganda, Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa (NECJOGHA)
  • Abebe Tadege, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC)
  • Ahmed Abdi Kulie Dandu, DRR Committee

DAY 2

Review of key points from Day 1

Part II: Examples for Solutions

a) Effective Funding Mechanisms for Long-Term Drought Mitigation (Facilitator: Pedro Basabe, UN-ISDR; Pat Reid, Consultant)

Discussion on Applicability of Good Practices for the HoA Region

b) Enhanced Access to Resources and Services in Drought Prone Areas (Facilitator: Eric Patrick, UNDP-DDC; Pat Reid, Consultant)

Discussion on Applicability of Good Practices for the HoA Region

c) Elements of Successful Drought Preparedness: Early Warning – Early Action and Comprehensive Contingency Planning (Facilitator: Eric Patrick, UNDP-DDC; Pat Reid, Consultant)

Discussion on Applicability of Good Practices for the HoA Region

Recap of Action Points and Way Forward for the Africa Drought Risk and Development Network