Uganda PH with PS

Uganda Policy Hub members confer with H.E. Vincent R. Rubarema, Permanent Secretary to MAAIF

In its meeting from August 23 to 25, 2011 in Kampala, the Ugandan Policy Hub elected to take rapid measures to ensure continuity and sustainability of their Policy Hub and Information Node after IGAD LPI ends in February 2012.

Representatives of the Policy Hub presented their case for sustainability, continued support and funding to H.E. Vincent R. Rubarema, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). While stressing that the mandates and principles of the Policy Hub should be fully aligned with the Development Strategy and Investment Plan (DSIP) of the ministry, he confirmed that the Ministry is willing to continue support to the Policy Hub and the National Information Node, irrespective of whether or not the Policy Hub ultimately decides to operate independently of the government.  The IGAD LPI team also briefed the Permanent Secretary on the on-going lesson learning activities in IGAD Member States which are expected to culminate in an IGAD ministerial meeting in December 2011.  The team highlighted the key lessons learnt from the project, which include the need for a broadening of national policies from their current focus on production and marketing to a more pro-poor agenda which recognizes the various roles that livestock play as a tool of poverty alleviation.


IGAD LPI Steering Committee Members

The 6th Steering Committee (SC), held on 14th and 15th December in Naivasha, Kenya, stressed the importance of maintaining the momentum of the Policy Hubs and the Information Nodes created by IGAD LPI across all IGAD member states, after the end of the project in February 2012. National Steering Committee Members presented their plans for national internalisation of project institutions, following discussions held within their policy hubs. Their proposals were in some cases ambitious, while others represented a fundamental re-think on their preferred  structure. In all cases, however, they re-affirmed that, building on the experience of IGAD LPI and the policy hubs, there is a strongly felt need for strong, poverty focussed national think-tanks, coupled to policy making.

IGAD further presented its plans for continuing the work of IGAD LPI after its closure in February 2012, which will in large part be taken forward by the forthcoming IGAD livestock centre. Commending the work done by IGAD LPI, Mr Maina Karaba, Acting Director of Agriculture and Environment at the IGAD Secretariat, and Chairperson of the Meeting, explained how the centre would build up on what has been achieved so far by IGAD LPI.

Presenting the proposed workplan for 2011, IGAD LPI’s Chief Technical Adviser, Dr Dil Peeling, stressed that with 14 months left to run, the project was not yet ready to wind down. He proposed several areas of engagement which would be coupled to a process of lesson learning in order to inform the institutionalisation of project gains at national level, and the establishment of the centre at regional level.  

IGAD LPI SCM Recommendations

The IGAD Livestock Policy Initiative (LPI) is now in the process of replicating its Regional Training on “Livestock, Livelihoods and Institutions in the IGAD Region” in all member states. In doing so it is equipping participants to identify the specific livelihoods strategies of poorer livestock keepers, to understand the complex ‘rules of the game’ which determine how successful those strategies will be, and to craft supportive policies.
The training is being given to national policy fora drawn from different ministries, research institutes, international organizations, civil society and local NGOs. So far, the training has been given to the country teams of Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the Sudan; and will continue to be conducted for the country teams of Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. A complementary training on Gender and Livestock is being rolled out in parallel for the same participants.