Session 2: Responses to climate-induced displacement in Africa
Tuesday 14 December 2021 | 13:15-14:30 Cairo Time
Climate-induced forced displacement is a growing phenomenon in Africa, especially in fragile and conflict-affected settings where the convergence of climate, conflict and fragility poses a push factor for vulnerable populations. In response to these intersecting challenges, the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063 called for a ten-year period of transformation to strengthen humanitarian action on the continent. In this context, the AU declared 2019 as the “Year of Refugees, Returnees and IDPs'', with the aim of promoting durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa. Additionally, in 2021, the AU launched the African Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI) to support the efforts of the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states in addressing the challenges posed by climate-induced forced displacement but also leveraging the opportunities created by climate mobility in the African continent.
In light of these efforts, this session aims to take stock of the good practices and lessons learnt in designing and implementing interventions that prevent, mitigate and manage the risks associated with climate-induced forced displacement in Africa as well as shed-light on gender responsive policies and programs that address displacement-related challenges.
What are the good practices and lessons learnt in designing and implementing responses to climate-induced displacement in Africa?
What are the main policy gaps that need to be addressed to advance a holistic response to climate-induced displacement on the prevention, risk mitigation and management fronts at the national and regional levels?
In addressing the compounded threats of climate change and conflict, how do you envisage the role of local, national, regional and international organizations in preventing, mitigating and managing the risks associated with climate-induced displacement in Africa, while ensuring that the needs and experiences of the most vulnerable populations are taken into account?
Ms. Omneya Ghamry, Transnational Threats Officer, CCCPA
- Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne, Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender ECOWAS Commission
- Ms. Shaheda Matches, Disaster Risk Reduction Trainer, National Institute for Disaster Reduction Management in Mozambique
- Ms. Tudararo Aherobo, Director of the Integrated Institute for Environment and Development, Nigeria
- Ms. Barbara Essig, Policy Expert, IDMC