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EU strategy for the Horn of Africa | Report

EU strategy for the Horn of Africa | Report | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

"This report reviews in considerable detail many of the troubles extant in the region known as the Horn of Africa. Millions of people live at the risk of famine; it has some of the lowest health standards in the world as well as hosting some of the poorest countries. Corruption and conflict are rife as countries battle for vital natural resources. Democracy – if it exists at all – is at best fragile, at worst corrupt. So far, the international community has failed to address these issues..."

 

"The report notes the impact that piracy off the coast of Somalia has on trade routes and stresses the need to protect WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME vessels in those waters..."

 

"...[it] asserts that The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) is insufficiently developed to deal with improving co-operation, integration and security in the Horn of Africa. It needs to play a central role in politics and security, conflict prevention and economic integration. Therefore it is urged that more resources should be invested in IGAD so that it can help to promote good governance and effective political dialogue.

 


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Social media for anticorruption? Exploring experiences in the former Soviet block

Social media for anticorruption? Exploring experiences in the former Soviet block | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Spurred by events in the Arab world and high profile examples like the Indian Ipaidabribe.com, the role of social media to fight corruption and, more broadly, improve governance has been in the spotlight recently (see e.g. the Accountability 2.0 blog http://bit.ly/nXUecB). Perhaps the most comprehensive reports we have come across in this area are from the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. Their global mapping report on technology for transparency and the latest piece on the state of the art in transparency, accountability and citizen participation are particularly informative. Ditto for the online tracking tool on technologies for civic engagement. [...]

In order to start to address these gaps, our regional office is about to embark on a study that aims to provide a country by country overview/inventory of initiatives related to use of social media for anticorruption as well as some more in-depth analysis of selected examples. Here’s a very initial inventory (http://bit.ly/oWoVMk), courtesy of my colleague, Piotr Drozd. Eventually, we hope to move beyond the analysis and, in true web 2.0 fashion, “learn by doing” through actual small scale pilots.

Are you interested in this topic? Do you have any pointers or suggestions that could inform our research and make it more relevant to your needs? Do you know of any case studies we could include our research? We’d love to hear from you. Original post: http://bit.ly/qrwV30

Contact: @ever2excel or piotr.drozd@undp.org


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Policy Brief | East Africa "Feed the Future"

This is a good overview by Heather Cruise.

 

"The USAID East African Regional Feed the Future program is a multi-year development strategy addressing food security throughout the region including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, S. Sudan, and DR Congo. In this region agriculture accounts for nearly 30% of the GDP and employs more than 60% of the population. However, even when there is a surplus of food in the region, countries still face food crises. Thus, the movement of staple foods from surplus to deficit areas by means of regional trade could help countries and sub-areas take advantage of crop diversity and various harvest periods, minimizing risk of local food shortages. Regional integration allows for market expansion and enhanced efficiency. This results in an increase in competition and improves policies that align with development agendas.

 

A key strategy of the Feed the Future program is to facilitate the integration of regional markets in East Africa to enhance trade flows of staple foods in the region and scale up production technologies thereby increasing consumer access, availability, and utilization. Structured regional markets around corridors combined with lowered transit costs will spur economic growth and structural change resulting in improved food security and nutrition in the region..."


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