Events and Updates

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On a regular basis a newsletter is send around, containing updates from the DREAM movement and activities that are of interest. An overview of the past newsletters can be found here.

To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

Upcoming Events

Proceedings DREAM II Conference, now available!

The proceedings of the recent DREAM II Conference are now available and can be downloaded here.

For other resources, like the presentations and recordings, check this page.
 
 

Upcoming Hybrid DREAM Event

The next DREAM Event will take place in May 2022.

The Hybrid Event will take place online, with a parallel physical meeting in Jigjiga and Semera under the theme: 'Mapping development interventions in the lowlands: supporting coordination at woreda level'.

Registration for the event will open soon.

In the hybrid event we want to discuss how mapping can be made as useful as possible for coordination by Woreda teams, how efforts in the same Woredas can reinforce one another, how mapping can be linked with planning, how to validate and update information and whether additional data may be added in the mapping to support woreda planning and coordination.

The event will take place online, with separate discussions in Semera and Jigjiga.

Keep an eye on the website for updates on this event, including the date.

Past Events

DREAM II Conference

The new dates for the DREAM II Conference have been established. The DREAM II Conference will take place at the Kereyu Hill Resort Hotel in Adama from Tuesday 15 -  Friday 18 March, 2022.

More information on the main DREAM II conference can be found on the Conference Page and updates will be shared through the Upcoming Events Page. You can also subscribe to the newsletter to stay up-to-date.

The program for the conference is available on this page and an overview of the logistics can be accessed here.

The conference will be physical in Adama, Ethiopia. All the plenary sessions will be livestreamed and also working groups can be joined online. Check the program for the links to join.

Further details will be shared through this website and the newsletter. For now: save the date!

To register, use the following link.


Hybrid DREAM Event on December 15th, 2021

The physical/hybrid DREAM II event that was planned for 13 - 17 December 2021 in Adama has been cancelled, related to the current state of emergency in Ethiopia.

The organising team has developed an alternative digital event to take place on December 15th, 09.30AM - 12.30PM (Ethiopian Time). The hybrid DREAM event will carry the theme 'TVETs: creating employment opportunities with lowland programs'.

The DREAM event will be hybrid – with both on-line presence and a physical meeting in Jigjiga. For more information on the event, check the DREAM pre-event page.
 
Please continue following our webpage https://sdr-africa.com/ for updates on the main DREAM II Conference. In the course of time, we will announce the detailed programme as well as your contribution and participation options through the website and the newsletter.
 
In case of questions, please contact us on: dream-asal.conference@metameta.nl.
 
We are looking forward to meet you on December 15th.


 

Hybrid DREAM Event on 2nd February 2022

After the successful event on December 15th, the organising team has developed an second alternative digital event to take place on February 2nd, 2022 (9.30 - 12.30 Ethiopian Time). The hybrid DREAM event will carry the theme 'TVETs: establishing a consortium for a demand-oriented skill program  in support of lowland development'.

The DREAM event will be hybrid – with both on-line presence and physical meetings in Jigjiga and Semera. For more information on the event check the DREAM pre-events page.
 
Please continue following our webpage https://sdr-africa.com/ for updates on the main DREAM II Conference. In the course of time, we will announce the detailed programme as well as your contribution and participation options through the website and the newsletter.
 
In case of questions, please contact us on: dream-asal.conference@metameta.nl.
 
We are looking forward to meet you on February 2nd.
 

DREAM II Pre-Conference Events 29 July and 31 August

One more DREAM II Pre-Conference Events is scheduled for the coming month.

On August 31st there will be a pre-event on 'The Need for Regional Planning: the Case of Gully Control near to Jigjiga City'.

Both events will take place between 10:00 and 13:00 Ethiopian Time.

Registration for the events can be done here.

For further updates, visit the Pre-Conferences page.
 

DREAM II Pre-Conference Event, June 16th

The upcoming DREAM II Pre-Conference Event will take place on Wednesday June 16th, 2021 (10.00 - 12.00AM Ethiopian Time). The event will focus on the theme: 'Strengthening woreda level planning and management for the lowlands'.
As part of the event there will be five presentations focussing on differenc angles of the work in the lowlands and the role of the Woreda Level.

There is a consensus that woreda-level coordination of lowland development is essential, whilst at the same time it is realized that there are many shortcoming in reality. This new Pre-Conference will take stock of the current policies and arrangement for woreda-level planning and coordination and how on the ground this can be strengthened so as to practical first steps to overcome these.

The Pre-Conference will take place online and there will be parallel physical meetings in Semara and Jigjiga.

You can register for the event through this form.

The event will take place online and updates will be provided through this page.
 

DREAM Learning Events, from March 2021 onwards

Following the success of the DREAM II pre-conferences, a series 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.

The first learning event will 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 program and proceedings can be downloaded here.

Updates on the events will be shared through the event-page.

The second Learning Event will take place on April 28th, 2021 (9.00-12.15 Ethiopian Time) and focus on the theme Educational institutionalization of the Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use Approach (DVRPU).

The third learning events will take place in May. Updates for the events will be shared through this page.
 

Save the Dates: DREAM II Pre-Conferences


The DREAM II pre-conferences have taken place on November 3rd, November 12th and November 26th.

The presentations of the 3rd pre-conference (November 26th) are available here.

The presentations of the 2nd pre-conference (November 12th) are available here.

The presentations of the 1st pre-conference (November 3rd) are available here

​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.
 

1st Virtual Practitioners Conference on Desert Locust Management (August 10, 2020)


The 1st Virtual Practitioners Conference on Desert Locust Management was held on August 10, 2020.
Organised in collaboration with TheWaterChannel, the conference was supported by a number of projects and organisations including the Strengthening Drought Resilience ASAL (Afar and Somali Region) project. 

The most recent locust invasions (2019-2020) have battered, among other regions, arid and semi-arid lowlands in Ethiopia and neighbouring countries. The conference heard from speakers from around the world, who fleshed out the nature and impact of the problem, and shared promising solutions. Some of these solutions were proposed for immediate relief and response in areas still facing swarms; others were for long-term resilience of rural communities to this problem.

Recordings of presentations relevant to Ethiopian lowlands can be viewed on the 'Documents and Videos' page of this website. More detailed information can be found here: ​https://thewaterchannel.tv/videos/1st-virtual-practitioners-conference-on-desert-locust-management-2020/ 
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