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alumni Saif El Din Abdelrhman - IOB Training Programme PRSP 2006 - Sudan Works at? IGAD Climate Prediction & Applications Centre (ICPAC) (Kenya) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa was created in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), which was founded in 1986. The recurring and severe droughts and other natural disasters between 1974 and 1984 caused widespread famine, ecological degradation and economic hardship in the eastern Africa region. The magnitude and extent of the problem argued strongly for a regional approach to supplement national efforts. Works on? Resilience analysis. As Coordinator for the project undertaking a joint regional resilience analysis (JRA), I’m performing both oversight of the project and pioneering the intellectual capacity to develop new tools that could help in understanding better what is resilience analysis constitute. IOB influence on your work? My education at IOB through the international training program has changed my life. The course has helped me to specialize in Fragile States (worked on this topics at WB, AdB, Technical group led to implementation of the historic Sudan’s Household Budget Survey…) and then later to join IGAD with this high level position, first as Capacity Development and recently Resilience Analysis Coordinator where five UN agencies staff seconded to work under my Unit. Tatevik Davtyan - GOV 2006-2007 - Armenia Works at? Council of Europe Passionately involved in? Tatevik was (outside of her work) spokesperson for two (2011 & 2014) “Stop Changes in Maternity Leave Law” campaigns, a civic initiative formed in 2010 against the changes in the law on maternity leave benefits. This initiative was formed through a Facebook group, with over 2,300 members involved as of present. The initiative “Stop Changes in Maternity Leave Law” launched (twice) a succesful advocacy campaign to prevent the proposed legal amendment, using letters, petition, street actions, and participating in public hearings and press conferences. As a result, large public attention was drawn to the issue, and many government members and parliamentarians supported the initiative. The draft of the law amendment was revised to include most of the suggestions of the initiative, and in December 2014, the new amendment was approved by the parliament - most importantly all women earning less than fifteen fold of RA minimal salary (99% of all women in Armenia) will continue to receive 100% compensation during maternity leave. The success of the civic campaign also had a significant effect on stimulating civic participation culture and pushing accountable decision-making by state officials. IOB influence on your work? My education at IOB gave me knowledge and skills on development policy, developed my skills of formulating policy positions enabling me to contribute to the campaign as a skilled professional. 8 Exchange to change June 2016