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African Drought Risk and Development Network (ADDN)

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Welcome to the African Drought Risk and Development Network (ADDN) discussion page.  The ADDN is a region-wide network for advocacy, capacity building and peer learning sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme Drylands Development Centre (UNDP-DDC) and UN’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISDR).

The idea of ADDN originated in an UN ad hoc Inter-Agency Working Group on Drought meeting held in Geneva in 2003.  The meeting recognized the challenges facing the existing networking landscape in Africa – notably the tendencies of sub-regionalism, division by language, one-sided information flow, limited linkages among the networks and a focus on a narrow, meteorological definition of drought, as opposed to livelihood definitions. The meeting underscored the need for region-wide mechanism for knowledge mobilization on managing the risk of drought, thus the establishment of the ADDN.

The ADDN aims to promote applied discussion and policy dialogue on key issues linking drought risk and development in Africa by:

1) providing a platform for the development and dissemination of good practice and innovation;

2) providing an entry point for accessing networks in Africa and beyond; and

3) acting as a forum for the elaboration of critical strategy and policy relevant decision making.

A wealth of knowledge-based resources already exists in Africa but the opportunities are still limited in the region for information sharing and technical exchange of best practices among experts and practitioners. The Network seeks to bridge these gaps between knowledge producers and users and improve stakeholders’ access to information that will help them better react to the increased threat of drought and climate change in the dryland of Africa.

To this end, a range of communication and peer learning tools and modalities have been developed within the Network framework.  They include, but not limited to:

- convening of annual African Drought Adaptation Forums (ADAF);

- publication of drought-related knowledge products, monthly newsletters, policy briefs and their presentation at the various fora;

- organization of the regular online discussion forum;

- facilitation of study tours and exchange visits, etc.

The proceedings and presentations of the latest third ADAF held in Addis Ababa in 2008 are available at  We rely on participation from the Network members to make the Forum, website, newsletter, and discussion page productive and useful tools. Please contact Yuko Kurauchi at for any comments you may have on the ADDN or for any information you would like to share with over 1,500 ADDN members in Africa and beyond.

Thank you for your partnership and support to keep ADDN moving.

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