The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an eight-country trade bloc in Africa. It includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley and the African Great Lakes. Headquartered in Djibouti City, its membership is comprised of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The IGAD region has been characterized by complex forced displacement situations that been driven by many factors ranging from conflicts, degradation of the environment, natural and manmade disasters, and poverty that forces people to migrate in search of economic opportunities amongst other reasons. Most of the displacement in the region has been protracted, lasting over an average of 25 years.

The IGAD Regional Secretariat on Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration (IGAD RS) is strategically placed within the Health & Social Development Division. Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) is one of the projects being rolled out by IGAD RS in the Horn of Africa through the support from the World Bank. The project development objective is to improve access to social services, expand economic opportunities and enhance environmental management for host and forcibly displaced populations in the targeted areas of the participating countries.

DRDIP is geared towards promoting and championing development-responsive initiatives within the refugees hosting communities of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Each of the DRDIP participating countries is implementing a host of development investments that are meant to benefit both the refugees and the host communities. The project targets over six million people living in the refugee hosting areas and approximately two and a half million refugees living in camps, settlements and urban areas. The Project is anchored on the Community Driven Development (CDD) model where local communities are empowered to build a unified vision of prosperity and development through active participation in the design, prioritization, contributions, monitoring and implementation of the development investments. Development initiatives are aligned with three key project components: social and economic services and infrastructure, sustainable environmental management, livelihoods programs and program management and monitoring and evaluation.

The Secretariat adopted geo-spatial technology to support project countries towards monitoring and evaluation, sustainable environment management and enhancing the use of spatial data and information to ensure evidence based responses to the situation of protracted displacement. To this end, IGAD-RSFDMM implemented ArcGIS Online to provide a geo-visualization platform for all Project Countries (as well as IGAD RS) and is an effort towards supporting and supplementing activities on Geo-Enabled Monitoring and Supervision (GEMS) services. Such activities include geo-tagging, spatial data analyses, information sharing as well as promoting prudent spatial and non-spatial database management. This platform serves to visualize project portfolio and share spatial products that depicting progress made towards attaining the DRDIP’s development objective and the resulting impact on the targeted beneficiaries. Other benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Installation of a centralized repository of geo-data for development investments and community-based interventions implemented in refugee hosting areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda;
  • Enhanced field data collection and spatial analysis of marginalized or under-developed areas;
  • Development of an online geo-visualization portal that foster transparency and accountability in the delivery of community based development investments as well as allow for rigorous community level engagements;
  • Visualization of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the IGAD region to enhance regional intervention strategies.

For more, please visit the GIS portal  , IGAD COVID-19 Tracker