A 5-day training workshop on project proposal formulation and management was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with ICPALD/IGAD within the scope of the Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) and the Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS) projects for IGAD Member States (MS) from 22nd-26th May 2017 at Eureka Place Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
Program and/or Project proposal development and management are essential in any development process. In most of the African countries, livestock programmes and projects are often poorly designed and inadequately targeted, leading to the inefficient and fragmented allocation of scarce development resources. Policies related to the livestock sector are often incoherent with ill-defined goals and with little or no assessment of their likely impact. The lack of consistent, integrated strategies, programs and projects that focus limited resources on identified and attainable goals remains a major constraint to livestock development. The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has been developing and implementing programs and projects in African countries since its establishment in 1951. One of the major gaps identified is the inadequate capacity of Member States in developing and implementing programs and projects at national level in line with the latest international best practices. It is against this background that led MS to seek support from AU-IBAR to enhance their capacity in the development and implementation of relevant, competitive and bankable project proposals in order to mobilize resources from various partners and ensure implementation for results. The initial phase involves all the African MSs starting within the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region.
A validation workshop for an Animal Disease Surveillance Database for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Member States (MS) was recently organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD, under the European Union funded surveillance for trade sensitive diseases (STSD) project.
The overall objective of the workshop was to validate the draft surveillance database for collection, storage and analysis of data from the harmonized cross sectional surveys (CSS) for CBPP, FMD, PPR and RVF in the IGAD MS and the region. The specific objectives were (i) to familiarize cross-sectional survey coordinators from AU-IBAR and the IGAD Member States with objectives, format, contents and use of the database for capturing and analysis of cross-sectional survey data; (ii) to facilitate the review and provision of feedback on different aspects of the draft database by Epidemiologists from the IGAD Member States to enable its finalization for adoption and effective use as a tool; and (iiI) to agree on the way forward on the CSS data storage and analysis at national (MS) and regional level (IGAD&AU-IBAR).
The meeting was attended by the STSD Project National Focal Points (NFPs) and surveillance coordinators in the national veterinary diagnostic laboratories of the IGAD MS that included Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Participants from the Somali regions of Somaliland and Puntland as well as the relevant staff members of AU-IBAR and IGAD/ICPALD also attended the workshop together with the representatives of invited partners working in Somalia, namely COOPI and Terra Nuova.
The meeting was officially opened by Director of Animal Resources of Uganda, Dr. Nicholas Kauta on 30th March 2016. Opening remarks were also made by the representative of IGAD/ICPALD Dr. Agol Kwai and Dr. Henry Wamwayi on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy.
AU-IBAR organized two important regional events back-to-back under the Improving Surveillance of Animal Diseases in Support of Trade in IGAD Member States (Surveillance of Trade-sensitive Diseases – STSD) project in Khartoum, Sudan from 9th – 18th June, 2014. The two events include:
- Regional refresher training on epidemiological techniques to measure diseases in a livestock population from 9th – 14th June, 2014,
- Workshop to validate cross-sectional survey designs for four regional priority diseases (CBPP, FMD, PPR and RVF) from 15th – 19th June, 2014.
The workshops were officially opened by the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), Dr Kemal Tag El-Sheikh of the Republic of the Sudan.
Refresher Training on Epidemiological Techniques
Twenty five participants from the eight MS of the IGAD region have gone through tailor-made training program that covered key epidemiological concepts and techniques. The purpose of the training course was to enable participants get adequate knowledge on key issues in preparation for the development of the cross-sectional survey designs during the workshop. The specific objectives of the training program include:
- To equip national epidemiologists with up to date knowledge and skills for measuring diseases in a population,
- To standardize epidemiological techniques that are applicable in the IGAD region for measuring diseases in a population,
- To bring together and share knowledge and experience among epidemiologists of the IGAD region.
9th – 11th February, Naivasha, Kenya. The Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in IGAD MS (STSD) Project organized a planning meeting for the implementing partners from 9th to 11th February, 2015 at Fish Eagle Hotel, Naivasha, Kenya. The meeting was attended by National Focal Points (NFPs) of the project and surveillance coordinators in the national veterinary diagnostic laboratories of the Member States (MS) of the IGAD region that include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. The meeting was also attended by the relevant staff members of AU-IBAR and IGAD Secretariat.
The overall objective of the planning meeting was to develop a harmonized and consolidated work plan for 2015 activities implemented at national and regional levels, while the specific objectives were:
- To update on the progress of the project activities in 2014;
- To develop a detailed work plan for activities implemented at national and regional levels;
- To work out budget required for implementation of national activities;
- To prepare a harmonized implementation calendar of national and regional activities;
- To discuss the challenges of STSD implementation and chart the way forward for addressing the challenges experienced in 2014;
- To discuss and agree on disbursement modalities of funds for national activities; and
- To orient participants on the procurement rules & regulations of the African Union Commission (AUC).
In his opening remark on behalf of the IGAD Secretariat/ICPALD, Dr. Ameha Sebsibe recognized the success of the project in the past year and reminded the participants that the year 2015 is going to be very critical to the project and urged MSs to plan well for efficient implementation.
The planning meeting was officially opened by the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy. The Director welcomed all to the meeting and reminded the participants of the responsibility of AU-IBAR to ensure the control of animal diseases on the continent, and expressed optimism that through improving animal disease surveillance and livestock identification and traceability systems, MS will be able to better understand the epidemiology of priority diseases and build their capacities to respond to animal health emergencies.
Professor Elsawalhy highlighted the project's achievements for the year 2014 and said that a total of 18 activities were planned for implementation in 2015. The timely and effective implementation of these activities required collective efforts involving proper planning, collaboration, coordination and above all commitment by all, he said.
The Director recognized the great effort employed in the project by IGAD Secretariat and MS, and expressed sincere faith in seeing the momentum set in 2014 continuing all through 2015. Finally, he also thanked the EU for its financial support, and emphasized the fact that success of the project implementation will be achieved as a result of collective responsibility of all players in the project.
18th February 2014
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat has today launched a new project entitled "Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in IGAD Member States" in Djibouti.
The launching workshop was opened in the presence of Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR representing the African Union Commission, Mr Yufnalis OKUBO representing the IGAD Secretariat, His Excellency Mr Joseph Silva, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Djibouti and Dr. Moussa Cheik the CVO of Republic of Djibouti representing the Minister of Agriculture, livestock and Fisheries. It was also attended by representatives of the IGAD region Member States, the African Union Pan-African Vaccine Center (AU-PANVAC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
The project is aimed to improve animal disease surveillance and livestock identification and traceability system (LITS) and will be implemented for three years in the eight Member States of the IGAD region, which include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The project is financed by the European Union within the framework of the Regional Indicative Programme of the 10th European Funds for Development (10th EDF) and of the initiative Supporting the Horn of Africa's Resilience (SHARE), and has been endowed with 6 million Euros.