DREAM Learning Events


DREAM Learning Events

Following the Development of Resilience Empowering Alternative Measures in Arid and Semi-arid Lowlands of Ethiopia conference (DREAM I) held in Afar, September 2019, three Pre-conferences were executed: (i) Coordination Pre-Conference held on 3rd November 2020, (ii) Co-operation Pre-Conference held on 12th November 2020 and (iii) Capacitation held on 26th November 2020. The Pre-conferences offered opportunities to develop coalitions along the topic of strengthening drought resilience and provided a platform for bringing together different stakeholders such as federal and regional government partners, national and international NGOs, research institutions and international development partners active in the lowlands of Ethiopia. There is a large interest to share experiences and approaches on topics of common interest as well to strengthen more formal cooperation through the development of a Task Force.

It is planned that in the run-up to the large DREAM II Conference (planned to be held in Jijiga in September 2021), a number of learning/ sharing events will be organized on topics of common interest. The learning event is meant to create connections between different organizations working on this topic, to share experience and discuss the scaling of the good practices. We will in the end produce a small good practices video for wider sharing and a learning brief. The learning event will focus on experiences in Ethiopia, complemented by experiences in other lowlands in East Africa.

Other Learning Events

The third, fourth and fifth learning events took place between July and August 2021. The proceedings of the events are available at the resources page.


Reflection on the first Learning Event


The first learning event took place on Tuesday March 9th, 2021, with the theme The Rangeland Fodder Nexus in the lowlands. During the event organisations with experience in fodder management presented about their work, followed by a panel discussion and formulation of lessons learned.

The Learning Event aimed to highlight different experiences in increasing the fodder availability in the lowlands – which is the basis for the pastoralist economy. There is much thinking on increasing the capacity of the rangelands by better management as well as by growing fodder. There also opportunities to better use the potential of irrigated areas, either by growing fodder or by more systematically make use of the stover/ stubble from these areas.

The proceedings of the Learning Event can be downloaded here.

Also a Video and Learning Note were prepared after the event. The video can be watched below and the Learning Note downloaded here.


Reflection on the second DREAM Learning Event

The second Learning Event took place on April 28th, 2021 (9.00-12.15 Ethiopian Time) and focused on the theme Educational institutionalization of the Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use Approach (DVRPU). Over 90 participants joined in the online meeting and the physical meetings in Jigjiga and Semera.

The Learning Event focused to what extent educational programs at the level of Universities and TVETs cater for the specific needs of the lowlands and the development of the lowlands. As part of this, the Learning Event will discuss the educational institutionalization of Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use (DVRPU) Approach. 

The proceedings of the Learning Event are available here.

In case of questions, contact us through rveldman@metameta.nl.
Program of the second Learning Event
Time Activity Topic
09.00 Opening and Welcome Remarks  
  Presentation 1 Overall Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use (DVRPU) approach: Developing and rehabilitating the dry lowland valleys/ ephemeral streams.
  Presentation 2 DVRPU engagement approach: community development and agriculture – experiences
  Presentation 3 Role of universities and TVETS as resource centres in lowland development: need and opportunities for educational institutionalization 
  Moderated Discussion Including three plenaries
10.15 Break  
10.30 Highlights from Group Discussions  
  Presentation 4 Capacity building in flood-based farming systems – experiences and material from the Flood Based Livelihoods Network in creating capacity 
  Presentation 5 Approach to institutionalization of lowland development in education at different levels (higher education and TVETS) based on past experiences, successes and failure
  Responses – what is required to institutionalize and build capacity around the DRVPU?  
11.45 Implications for capacity building in higher learning -way  forward Panel Response and Discussion
12.00 Closure  


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