7 December 2021 (Mombasa, KENYA): The IGAD FSI organized a three-days’ training on ‘Executive training in leadership and diplomatic skills: Crisis Management’’ to prepare and equip IGAD member states with the professional and technical expertise to manage future crises as effectively as possible.
The Director of IGAD FSI, Amb. Moussa Ali Meigague, opened the workshop and welcomed all the participants. In his keynote speech, the Director noted, “IGAD was originally established to manage crises such as droughts, floods and famines, etc. IGAD has developed capacity to cope with such eco-systemic crises but unfortunately the crisis seems to be increasing both in number and scope but also in their severity”.
Representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of IGAD member states were equipped with skills to develop and formalise a set of crisis communication tools and procedures that will enable them to better manage crisis situations with regard to communication.
Given the current crisis in the region and in the world, effective communication is important as ever and member states need to address crisis with a more strategic approach.
Crisis management requires an integrated approach which is dynamic, multi-actor, process of mutual engagement that facilitates effective participation by all members of a diverse society in the economic, political, social and cultural life, and fosters a shared and inclusive sense of belonging at regional, national and local levels.
Every organization must have a crisis communication plan which is a set of guidelines used to prepare an organization for an emergency or unexpected event. The plan includes steps to take when a crisis first emerges, how to communicate with the stakeholders/public, and how to prevent the issue from occurring again.
This training was conducted with financial support from the European Union through European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) under the IPPSHAR Program.