The Intergovernmental Authority on Development
|Members||Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda|
|Main transport corridors||Central Corridor, North-South Corridor|
|Key private sector organisations|
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development was established in 1996 and was previously organised through the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), formed in 1986. IGAD expanded its activities in 2008 with initiatives to improve the investment, trade and banking environments of member states. The organization stressed the deployment of highly innovative programmes and mechanisms.
The mission of IGAD is to increase cooperation in food security, environmental protection, promotion and maintenance of peace, security and humanitarian affairs and economic cooperation and integration.
Some of the objectives of IGAD are to promote development strategies and gradually harmonise macroeconomic policies but also to harmonise policies related to trade, customs, transport, communications, agriculture, natural resources and to promote free movement of goods, services and people. They want to create a good environment for foreign, cross-border and domestic trade and investment.