Adama, 11 August 2022 (TDI): Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) knowledge & learning workshop for Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) started in Adama, Ethiopia.

This is a 3-Day workshop that started on 9 August 2022. Director of Health & Social Development at IGAD, Fathia Alwan delivered remarks at the opening of the workshop.

Moreover, representatives from the World Bank and the Refugees and Returnees Service (RRS) participated in the workshop. The teams of the Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) were also participants in the discussion.

Furthermore, the agenda of the discussion was to explore implementation strategies for the second phase of DRDIP in Ethiopia. Notably, the Phase II of the DRDIP project in Ethiopia is worth 180 million US Dollars.

The DRDIP Project

The Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) is a multi-million-dollar regional project supported by the World Bank. The aim is to address the effects of Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration in the IGAD area.

The IGAD region encompasses 5.2 million square kilometers and includes the nations of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan as well as Uganda.

Furthermore, the IGAD area has 6910 kilometers of international borders with Egypt, Libya, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

In addition, the DRDIP aims to fulfill the additional development requirements of refugee receiving areas. Also, the initiative aims to meet unfulfilled socio-economic requirements in host societies.

The project focuses on refugees along with host societies that have suffered adverse consequences because of the refugee influx. The key beneficiaries of the program are citizens and refugees in the hosting nations.

Therefore, it will support a region planning system, allowing localities to define and prioritize investments. The particular emphasis will be on women and youngsters, who are negatively affected by migration.

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