Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

Autorité Intergovernementale pour le Développement

Established: As the Inter-Governmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) by six-nation summit meeting of heads of state and government January 15–16, 1986, in Djibouti; present name adopted March 21, 1996.

Purpose: To coordinate efforts to combat drought and desertification, to develop regional policies on short- and medium-term economic development, and, since March 1996, to assist in preventing and resolving conflicts in the region.

Headquarters: Djibouti, Djibouti.

Principal Organs: Assembly of Heads of State and Government, Council of Ministers, Committee of Ambassadors, Secretariat.

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Executive Secretary: Mahboub Maalim (Kenya

Membership (7): Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda. (In April 2007 Eritrea temporarily suspended its membership, but rejoined in 2008.)

Origin and development. In view of cyclical droughts, which brought widespread famine and death to ...

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