DREAM stands for ‘Development of Resilience Empowering Alternative Measures in Arid and Semi-Arid Lowlands of Ethiopia.’
The annual DREAM conference take stock of tested and successful approaches developed for the lowlands in natural resource management, fodder and food production and access to water. The DREAM conferences are hosted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and regional government of Afar and the Somali region, supported by the German Development Corporation GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).
The DREAM I Conference took place in Samara from 29 September to 3 October, 2019, in Semera, Afar. The conference brought a large number of people together and took stock of the best options for the development of the arid and semiarid lowlands in Ethiopia.
The objective of the next DREAM II is the coordination of all players around lowland development and the development of joint programs. The DREAM II conference will take place in Jijiga in the second half of 2021 (dates will be announced soon).
The final DREAM III Conference is scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa in 2022. It will discuss the scaling up of resilience programs with public and private sector, communities and non- government actors.
Upcoming: DREAM II Pre-Conferences
Following the DREAM I conference of September 2019, three virtual pre-conferences will take place, as part of the DREAM II conference. The three virtual events will develop a joint programming with private sectors, civil society organisations, development partners and government partners for strengthening the coordination, cooperation, and capacitation in the Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use approach (DVRPU). Click here for more details.
To register for the pre-conferences, please provide your details through the form in following link.
Past: DREAM I Conference (2019)
The DREAM ASAL 2019 Conference was organised in Semera, Ethiopia between September 29 and October 03, 2019. Organized jointly by the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and the Afar Bureau of Livestock, Agriculture and Natural Resource Development and the GIZ SDR Support Programme, the conference took stock of the most promising approaches in the arid and semi-arid lowlands of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa and created the basis for networking and cooperation.
The conference hosted a large and diverse number of participants: pastoralists and agro-pastoralists from Afar, Somali Region and Oromyia, decision makers, international development partners, governmental implementers, civil society experts, researchers, and others. All-in all, more than 250 participants attended the event
A main outcome of the conference was the Declaration – signed by main organizations and signed by main government organizations and development partners and endorsed by all participants in the conference. The Action Plans as in this document complement the Declaration on the Development of Resilience Enhancing Measures in Ethiopian Lowlands.More details on the DREAM ASAL 2019 Conference..