Pastoralist communities that experience recurrent droughts face multiple shocks and stresses arising from water scarcity, conflict, low productivity and non-diversified livelihoods, and being dependent on poor livestock rearing practices. ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) seeks to source, develop and scale transformative innovations that strengthen the resilience of communities against natural and human-made shocks and stresses, in line with RAN’s thematic areas of focus. In order to effectively tap into the immense innovation potential available not just on the African continent, but globally, RAN through its Resilience Innovation Labs (RILabs) supports resilience innovation challenges where the best ideas and/or solutions receive support to facilitate their refinement and development towards widespread adoption.
The Horn of Africa RILab (HoA RILab) is based at Jimma University, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, in Jimma, Ethiopia. There are five (5) partner universities under this RILab namely Jimma University, Addis Ababa University, and Bule Hora University that are based in Ethiopia, Benadir University (Somalia) and University of Nairobi (Kenya). Within Ethiopia and Somalia, RAN has identified five partner communities: two districts (Arero and Dhas) located in the Borana Zone of Ethiopia, and three districts situated in the Benadir Region of Somalia (Hamarweyne, Hodan, and Wadajir).More..
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Brief Overview of ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)
The ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) funded by USAID is a partnership targeting 20 partner universities in 16 African countries. The main agenda of RAN is to strengthen resilience of communities vulnerable to shocks and stresses in Sub-Saharan Africa through university led-local African innovative solutions. ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) is led by Makerere University, with the secretariat at School of Public Health. It is one of eight university development labs under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) of USAID’s Global Development Lab. RAN’s core partners are Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), Stanford University, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). RAN comprises four Resilience Innovation Labs (RILabs) each working with Partner Universities and focusing on different thematic areas as summarized in in the figure below
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