Phase II Validation Workshop for the Research Outputs of the AUHIP on the Horn Africa:[1] 

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 Introduction and background

The African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for the Horn of Africa, chaired by former President Thabo Mbeki, of South Africa, was mandated to undertake a series of research activities and consultative meetings with member countries of the IGAD and the Red Sea Basin on the development, governance and security challenges facing the region. The High-Level Panel on the HoA derives its mandate by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) with preparing and convening a conference on peace, security, stability, cooperation and development in the Horn of Africa, in close consultation with the IGAD Chair and Secretariat.

The mandate of the AUHIP included two principal activities of research, as follows:

  • First, the Panel has commissioned a Research Working Group (RWG) to conduct research activities in three core issues on: developing a security community in the HoA and the Red Sea basin; enhancing regional economic integration, and environmental and resources management; and addressing democratization, diversity and state fragility. In addition, the RWG was to facilitate the preparation and convening of the validation workshops of the research outputs and the conference on peace, security, and development.
  • The second set of activities are for the AUHIP to undertake Consultative Meetings with the IGAD member countries’ authorities and civil society so as to identify priority issues, strategies and policy measures to address the challenges facing the IGAD member countries, in pursuit of the holistic approach envisaged by the AUC.

 

The RWG Outputs Validation Workshops

The interrelated and strategic three Pillars of the commissioned research and the lead responsible institutions are as follows: Pillar I deals with developing a security community in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea Arena and is conducted by the World Peace Foundation and the Center of Research and Dialogue Cooperation. Pillar II is on Economic integration and trade, infrastructure development, and addressing environmental and financial resource challenges, by the Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI). The Pillar III is on Democratization, State Fragility, diversity and gender issues, by Goldsmith, University of London.

Notwithstanding the COVID 19 global impact’s disruptions, the Research Working Group has prepared 16 research papers that will be submitted at the planned Phase II validation workshops, for regional policy makers  and the countries’ partners,

As part of agreed quality enrichment and assurance, the papers were presented at Phase I virtual validation workshops with sector expert groups from 11-17 November 2020. In these series of sessions, the findings have been shared and validated through discussions and consultations with the regional stakeholders.

At the planned Phase II one day validation workshop, policy briefing sessions the key findings and proposed policy reforms and recommendations will be presented for the validation of the HoA senior policy makers, the AUHIP members, and the member policy briefing session countries regional and international partners, so as to build consensus on the proposed reforms among the concerned stakeholders and to inform the AU PSC agenda in the region.

 

Tentative format and schedule of the briefing session

This online briefing session with simultaneous interpretation will be comprised of presentations of key findings (summaries) and recommendations by the lead institutions responsible for the three pillars, at plenary sessions for discussions by participants. The summary documents will be shared in advance with the participants.

The participants that will be invited to these online briefing sessions will be drawn from senior policy makers of the member countries of the HoA and representatives of the Gulf and Red Sea states. Also participating will be regional and international development partners, and representatives of continental and regional institutions.

[1] The HoA is defined as the countries of the IGAD region, namely: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda