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Horn Of Africa (HARP)

Our programme in the Horn of Africa

The HARP 2020 vision: People in the Horn of Africa lead lives of peace and dignity, where human security needs are met, as a result of inclusive and transformative policy engagement.

The Horn of Africa (HoA) region witnessed major and continuing shifts in peace and security dynamics over the last year including changes at both the national and regional levels. Shifting regional dynamics stemmed mostly from changes in bilateral relationships between states in the region as well as elevated geopolitical interest from international actors. 

LPI signed a host agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia in May 2014, after which the Institute formally launched HARP in Addis Ababa in October 2014. The establishment of HARP in Addis enabled LPI to engage in and influence regional and continental peace and security policy debates in the African Union (AU) and with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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Participants in the 'Civil Society Engagement to Transform Borderlands in Africa' in Kassala, Sudan.

Partners are key to our success.

  • The Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD CEWARN), established in 2002. CEWARN is the principal regional platform or instrument for regional cooperation on conflict prevention and mitigation through data-based early warning and response in the HoA, with a special focus on pastoralist conflicts in the borderlands of the IGAD region.

  • InterAfrica Group (IAG): A long established CSO in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa and a long-time civil society partner for CEWARN. IAG works on peacebuilding, democratisation processes and sustainable development through research and creating spaces for dialogue.

  •  The Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA): a regional membership-based network of academics and researchers.

  • ACT! Act Change Transform (ACT!) is a leading Kenyan not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation. Main programme focus areas are environment and natural resources management; democracy and human rights; and peacebuilding and conflict transformation. We have partnered since 2017.


Our work

Thematic Area 1: Enhancing human security in borderlands through improved cross-border cooperation policies. Collaborative Policy Analysis and Engagement (CPAE) Pilot Initiative. HARP’s most significant achievement in 2018 was our work with the CPAE Pilot, a joint initiative between IGAD CEWARN, IAG, OSSREA and LPI (together known as the Quartet).

The Quartet identified the Informal Cross-Border Trade – Cross-Border Security Governance (ICBT-CBSG) nexus as a critical policy dilemma in the IGAD region and has been working to build support for a regional policy framework and participatory policy development process throughout the IGAD region. This year, the policy framework was adopted by IGAD member states.

The Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) Project is a major civil society-led initiative launched in March 2017. As well as our partners, we engage with 26 local CSOs in four countries and five border areas (Moyale, Ethiopia; Moyale, Kenya; Busia, Uganda; Busia, Kenya; and Kassala, Sudan) to increase the participation and contribution of civil society on regional and continental cross-border policies that affect communities at the borders, such as the Niamey Convention.

Thematic Area 2: The P/CVE research and influencing agenda. We are undertaking a multi-year research-to-policy-and-practice dialogue initiative assessing the effectiveness of responses to Violent Extremism (VE) in the HoA, by critically appraising the emerging field of practice of P/CVE from a wider peacebuilding perspective. In collaboration with other stakeholders, we will reflect back such findings to the burgeoning P/CVE practice and donor community in the HoA with the aim to ensure that current P/CVE work is evidence-based, conflict-sensitive, and harmonised with wider peacebuilding efforts in the Horn.

Thematic Area 3: Enhancing human security in the Horn through enhancing regional capacities for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD). Relying on LPI’s Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and relationships with IGAD and the AU as well as its presence and networks in countries like Sudan and Somalia, HARP will build the capacity of CSOs to engage in PCRD and facilitate spaces for interface and collaboration. 

In consultation with IGAD and the AU, HARP will also work to heighten awareness on the various processes and peacebuilding theories embedded in PCRD. In 2017-2020, HARP also seeks to provide technical assistance to the actual integration and implementation of these processes in PCRD policies and action.

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Moyale, Ethiopia civil society representatives creatively mapping their borderlands as part of the Conflict Analysis training module development in Hawassa, Ethiopia
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Moyale, Ethiopia civil society representatives creatively mapping their borderlands as part of the Conflict Analysis training module development in Hawassa, Ethiopia
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LPI staff, partners and associates take a break by Love Lake in Hawassa, Ethiopia.

Approaches and methods 

  • Linking local to regional (bridging the gap)

  • LPIs willingness to stay in the background in peacebuilding and policy (modest approach)

  • Consultative approaches to decision making (internally and in programming) 


Our donors

Read more about LPI's founders on the funding/finance page.

  • European Commission funds Improving policies for conflict prevention: Civil society engagement to transform borderlands in Africa (2017-2020) – also known as the CBC Project which builds borderland civil society capacity to advocate at the regional and continental levels.

  • Bread for the World Protestant Agency for Diakonia and Development funds From Local Voices to Regional Policies - Phase II: Engaging Civil Society in Cross-border Cooperation (2017-2019) which supports specific activities under civil society capacity enhancement at the borderlands and communications (awareness creation and policy advocacy) work.


The HAB bulletin

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Published six times a year, Horn of Africa Bulletin (HAB), focus on the development of the Horn of Africa and highlights issues about conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation. Read the HAB Bulletin here.

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Ethiopia - Addis Ababa

LPI’s regional programme and work in Ethiopia is administered from the office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Postal Address
P.O. Box 20002/1000, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Visiting Address
Bole Road, behind Dembel City Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone + 251 (0) 115 579049

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