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Update on DREAM II Conference

Dear all,
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 is currently working on an alternative digital event and updates will be shared through this website and the DREAM newsletter.

Past updates

New dates for the DREAM II Conference

Dear all,
The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, supported by GIZ SDR, decided to reschedule the DREAM II conference to the week of 13 – 17 December 2021.

The decision was taken allowing to await the new governmental structure and also due to the currently increasing incidence of Covid19-cases.
Please continue following our webpage https://sdr-africa.com/. Before mid of October 2021, 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 in December.
Kind regards, on behalf of the organisers.


Save the Date: DREAM II ASAL Conference

The DREAM II main conference is scheduled for 20 - 24 September 2021 and will take place in Jijiga, Semara. Updates on the event will be shared through this page.

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.

Save the Date: DREAM Learning Event 2

The second Learning Event will take place on April 28th, 2021 (09.00-12.15 Ethiopian Time) and focus on the theme Educational institutionalization of the Dry Valley Rehabilitation and Productive Use Approach (DVRPU).

The Learning Event will focus 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 event will be last three hours and fifteen minutes will be both virtual and with physical meetings in Jigjiga and Semera. It will consist of six presentation of 15 minutes each, group discussion and plenary discussion. 

To participate in the event, register through the registration form. After registration you will receive the details to participate. Updates on the even will be shared through this page.

After the Learning Event, the proceedings will be made available here.

In case of questions, contact us through rveldman@metameta.nl.

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.

Announcement of National Workshop on ‘Agricultural Extension Services in Afar and Somali Regions’.

A National Workshop on ‘Agricultural Extension Services in Afar and Somali Regions’ will take place on January 25th. More information on the workshop can be found on the Extension Material Development-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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