ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- The European Union (EU) and
the UN Development Program (UNDP) have signed an
agreement for an integrated cross-border initiative to
address drivers of conflict and instability between
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
With the 10
million U.S. dollars, the 3-year project was signed by
Erik Habers, Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to
Ethiopia, and Lamin Manneh, UNDP Director of Regional
Service Center for Africa, according to a statement from
UNDP on Wednesday.
will be implemented by the UNDP in collaboration with UN
Environment (UNEP), in partnership with
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD),
supporting effective cooperation and coordination of
cross border initiatives, according to the UNDP.
It aims at
strengthening regional policy frameworks, structures,
and protocols for cross border cooperation between
national and local governments as well as building
capacities of communities, local governments and civil
society to fully engage in processes for development
by initiatives on sustainable use of resources, it also
aims to ensure effective cooperation and coordination,
monitoring and evaluation of cross-border initiatives
including involvement of relevant national and regional
actors in the processes.
conflict has been, and continues to be, a major obstacle
to development in the Horn of Africa, distorting the
overall sub-regional political environment, resulting in
destruction of properties and displacement of people,
and has eroded development gains, noted the statement.
incidence of violent conflicts over access to natural
resources such as pasture and water, is exacerbated by
the impact of climate change and is becoming
increasingly entwined with the spread of violent
extremist ideology and its manifestations.
is an integral part of a program addressing the
underlying root causes which create fragility and hamper
the development prospects in the region,” said Manneh of
UNDP, “through investment in conflict prevention, cross
border trade and private sector development, it is
expected that livelihoods will be diversified and the
management of shared natural resources will be
initiative is also in line with UN Secretary General
Antonio Guterres’ push for a focus on prevention and
strengthening the nexus between development, security
and peace, said the statement.
cross-border program builds on ongoing development
initiatives in the area, and is engaging a wide range of
stakeholders including civil society, private sector,
faith-based organizations, peace committees, development
partners and financial partners in development, said