The Development Assistance Group (DAG) held its second retreat in October this year, development partners reflected and explored how to invest differently to reduce protracted humanitarian needs in Ethiopia.

The retreat brought together both humanitarian and development actors who discussed an array of issues ranging from what inhibits movement from early warning to early action? To exploring how the gap between vulnerability and investment can be bridged.

Practical experiences were shared from the agriculture, livestock, water, health and Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) sectors. The retreat was a starting point in a series of discussions to enable and deepen understanding on the New Way of Working (NWOW) envisaged to integrate humanitarian and development practices. With Ethiopia having faced 15 drought shocks in the past 50 years, the question of how to design and deliver integrated responses and national programs in a manner that builds resilience of people has become central.