Addis Ababa, 3 April 2019. The first field office bordering Ethiopia and Kenya was opened today in Moyale city, southern Ethiopia, to address the drivers of conflict and instability, irregular migration and displacement in these cross-border areas.
The Moyale’s field office covers the geographical areas of Borana zone in Ethiopia and Marsabit County in Kenya. The field team will be working hand in hand with the local Governments, communities, civil society, and private sector to provide cross-border technical support to enable the implementation of livelihoods, peacebuilding, and capacity building activities that will sustain peace and harmony on these border areas.
The office will serve as a joint UN Development Programme (UNDP) – Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Cross Border Unit. It will accommodate the field teams working for two actions: “Cross-border cooperation between Ethiopia and Kenya for conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Marsabit – Moyale Cluster” and “Support for Effective Cooperation and Coordination of Cross-border Initiatives in Southwest Ethiopia – Northwest Kenya, Marsabit – Borana & Dawa, and Kenya – Somalia – Ethiopia (SECCCI)”.
Both actions are part of the EU Cross – Border Programme and funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), co-funded by the United Nations , and implemented by UNDP and IGAD.
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