About us

Who we are

Following an extensive strategic review and planning process, REGLAP has now changed its name to the Dryland Learning and Capacity Building Initiative (DLCI) for improved policy and practice in the Horn of Africa and has registered as an independent resource organization.

DLCI is building on the mandate and work of REGLAP and is outlined in a strategic plan for 2014-2018 summarized as follows:

Vision: To promote synergies that build capacities and evidence for drylands’ sustainable development.

Mission: To promote evidence-based policy and practice amongst dry-land stakeholders.

Core values:

  1. Support the rights of all individuals in the drylands to fully participate in their development.
  2. Promote transparency, accountability, collaboration, and synergy of all actors.
  3. promote conflict-sensitive and inclusive development.

What we do

In recent years REGLAP has focused on two main areas:

  1. Provide learning support and targeted documentation on dry-land issues: via regional learning groups, an annual journal, technical briefs, good practice principles, and strategic studies. Study areas included: land fragmentation, gender, integrated planning, the challenges of crop agriculture and improved data collection on pastoralists.  A number of synthesis documents provided key reference materials for dry-land resilience.
  2. Advocate on priority issues relating to dry-land resilience in each country and regionally: via policy briefs, direct lobbying/influencing, media training, workshops, capacity building of CSOs, and support to national and regional governmental organizations.

DLCI is building on the mandate and work of REGLAP, and will focus on the following key activities:

Strengthening capacities of governments and communities to work together to promote peaceful and inclusive development.

  1. Communities (including vulnerable groups) defining development pathways
  2. County governments’ capacities improved to meaningfully engage with all their constituents, including women and minorities.
  3. Communities understanding drylands policy and practice and engaging to improve them.

To promote the evidence base for improved policy and practice.

  1. Evidence-Based good practice is generated and disseminated
  2. Key stakeholders adopt/promote evidence-based good practice in policies and programs
  3. Advocate for policy and practice based on participatory research and community-defined priorities

To promote synergy and coordination of key stakeholders for scale-up and deepening of interventions.

Government and CSOs are expanding and deepening the work of DLCI to other ASAL areas
To ensure that DLCI is an efficient and effective organization to implement its strategic plan.
  1. DLCI has the technical and institutional capacities to implement high-quality programming in its niche areas;
  2. DLCI builds the capacities of others and opens spaces rather than directly implements.
  3. DLCI remains focused on its facilitation and capacity building role and support to national policy processes.