New Swiss strategy for the Horn of Africa
The website of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on their work in the Horn of Africa was recently updated to reflect the new Swiss strategy for the Horn (2013–16), which focuses on Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The strategy itself will be posted on the website soon but the essence can already by read under http://www.deza.admin.ch/en/Home/Countries/Eastern_and_Central_Africa/Horn_of_Africa_Somalia_Ethiopia_Kenya
The strategy combines long-term development cooperation with existing humanitarian programmes. The four main areas of intervention are:
- Food security/rural development with the aim of increasing food security and the resilience of communities living in (semi-) arid areas by strengthening their ability to cope with environmental and socio-economic change; support will be focused on the strengthening, adaptation and diversification of their livelihood strategies;
- Health with the aim of improving the health status of the people in the arid/semi-arid lands of the Horn, with a special focus on maternal and child health;
- Good governance, State and peacebuilding/conflict transformation with the aim of strengthening the culture of accountable governance and peace dialogue at local, subnational and national levels with a specific focus on the transformation of the Somali conflict and conflicts concerning power and resource sharing;
- Migration with the aim of improving the protection of refugees, IDPs and migrants in the region, as well as improving migration management with a view to reducing vulnerability.
Keep an eye on the SDC website for more information about the implementation of this new strategy.