The Role of Capacity Development in International Cooperation Projects: Evidence From the Igad Region

  • Eleonora Panizza
  • Gabriele Casano


The Igad region is considered one of the most vulnerable to both natural climate variability and climate change. Moreover, local people’s vulnerability is compounded by other critical factors such as social and political instability, poor economic conditions. Thus, it is fundamental to develop a holistic approach, aimed both at reducing vulnerability and increasing institutional and organizational capacities to manage risk. This contribution presents part of the activities implemented within an international project focused on flood displacement risk reduction in the Igad region. Related activities are based on a capacity development approach. In the project, an agent-based model was chosen for testing the impact of policies on human displacement and informing policy-makers thanks to a reiterative process.