Invisible Bonds: resilience building in the horn of Africa’s borderlands

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is particularly the case in thewater-blog-invisible-bonds.jpg Horn of Africas (HoA) borderlands, where images can send an unequivocal message as to the value of water both as part of local and regional approaches to resilience building.

Maps and the use of geographical information systems (GIS) are also key tools in understanding the value of ‘unseen’ resources such as groundwater, a topic that will be at the forefront of the discussions among international water experts at the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Djibouti’s Data Collection Efforts: How Information Helps Tackle Poverty

Four years ago, the Government of Djibouti launched Vision 2035, a target to improve Djibouti-farmersliving standards for the country’s people over the next two decades. A country in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti has a rocky, arid landscape that has driven the vast majority of people to cities. More than 35 percent of the country lives in poverty, and about 21 percent in extreme poverty, including nomadic Djiboutians and others who live in extreme rural poverty.

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