for Human Environment
Institute for Development
Notwithstanding an array of declarations, communiqués and action
programmes, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa continues unabated.
The crisis assumes additional dimensions as rapid political developments
spurred by changes in institutional development and governance as well as
economic adjustments continue to make new demands on individuals and communities
already at the brink of collapse.
Persistent armed conflict over the past decades have constrained economic
development and have resulted in making the sub-region among the least developed
areas of the world. Massive militarisation and continued war has squandered
valuable and scarce resources and has caused unparalleled human disaster,
rendering the region's population chronically vulnerable and dependent on
the international aid community is reaching the consensus that governments
by themselves are unable to decrease people’s vulnerability. They have
recognised that future efforts must accord civil society a substantial and
expanded role; a strategy which implies the need for greater decentralisation
and autonomy in the management of development.
is becoming increasingly apparent that future progress depends on negotiating
a trend toward greater institutional pluralism and broad based participation
in the mobilisation and management of resources. Thus the creation of institutions
such as CHE was necessary. The question is: How are we going to deliver this?