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Acronym: 
CEWARN

Location

IGADREGION
Bartholomäusstr.60a
42277 Wuppertal
Germany
DE

Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism, CEWARN, for short, launched in 2002, is a co-operative initiative of the seven IGAD (Inter-governmental authority on development) member countries, namely,

  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Somalia
  • Uganda
  • Sudan
  • Eritrea

The basic underlying mission of CEWARN is to assess situations that could potentially lead to violence or conflicts and prevent escalation. CEWARN has in the past 9 years, primarily focused on avoiding conflicts related to cross-border pastoralist and other associated issues. The organization\’s tagline, “Empowering stakeholders to prevent violent conflicts”, in a gist, explains what they have been working towards for the past 9 years and continue to do so.

By establishing national collaboration between several government and non-governmental stakeholders such as Conflict Early Warning and Response Units (CEWERUs), National Research Institutes (NRIs), and Field Monitors (FMs), the CEWARN target of early warning and response has been undertaken in three main geographical clusters, namely, the Karamoja cluster (includes cross-border regions of Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda), the Somali cluster (encompassing cross-border regions of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia), and the Dikhil Cluster (cross-border regions of Djibouti and Ethiopia).

The function is carried out by collecting and discussing information regarding the outburst and elevation of probable violent conflict in the region occupied by the IGAD countries, analying and processing this data, and coming up with alternative routes of response.



The ultimate goal of CEWARN is to establish itself as a self-sufficient, functional and long-standing conflict warning and response system in the IGAD region; promoting an environment of positive co-operation among the stakeholders, in response to possible and real violent conflict between these countries, and set the grounds for peacefully settling disputes in the area.

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Journal Articles & Books
January 2008
Africa

The Horn of Africa is one of the most conflict-prone areas of the world. It is also home to about 20 million pastoralists, which keep moving with their livestock in search for grazing land and water points. Pastoral conflicts are becoming more and more serious. CEWARN - a regional mechanism for preventing conflicts - tries to close the gap between 'early warning' and 'early response'.

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