Although the Project is still in its implementation phase (ending in July 2013), it has achieved some successful, significant and measurable results within local communities and their ecosystems, and this is attributed to the hard work of the Project partners and to advice and guidance received from the EU.
The Project has built strong partnerships and institutional linkages between civil society, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government actors. It has also established and improved the capacity for networking, policy advocacy at the local, national, regional and global levels.
- National Focal Points have been appointed by the respective Ministries.
- Drafting of the TORs for the selection of the project Steering Committee Members.
- Meeting organized at AU-SAFGRAD Headquarters in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on March 4th and 5th 2010 where representatives of AU-IBAR, IUCN, CILSS and AWF discussed interest in working together more closely in support of the project Livestock for Livelihoods. The discussion focused on roles and responsibilities of partners throughout the preparation phase of the Project.
- As a follow-up action of one of the recommendations of the mission in the Karamajong Cluster, representatives of VSF Germany, VSF Belgium, VSF Suisse, IUCN East-Africa and IGAD, have been invited to AU-IBAR in Nairobi on March 15th 2010 to discuss possible areas of collaboration.
- A meeting with the IGAD representative was held during the 15th Alive Executive Committee in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A mission is planned in May to Djibouti to visit the IGAD project coordinator.
The month of June was committed to the preparation (technical and logistical) of the regional inception workshops held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Douala, Cameroon and Nairobi, Kenya. The workshops aimed at sharing the Project's objectives and expected outputs, validating the baseline data collected against the Project's logframe, agree on implementation arrangements and developing a year one Project costed workplan. The workshops were attended by experts drawn from governments. Also invited were regional consultants, RECs, international NGOs and projects working in the project areas. During the workshop, the participants shared experiences on implementation mechanisms of natural resources related projects.
A mission was organized from the 7th to the 16th February 2010 to have a firsthand impression of the situation in the Karamajong Cluster before the implementation of the Project activities.