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IRICA exists to promote indigenous knowledge, provide community for researchers, and conduct applied research in the Horn of Africa.

The Horn of Africa (HOA) includes four countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia.


HOA is denoted by the following:

  • A population of 106.2 million inhabitants spread over an area of ​​about 2 million square km

  • Consists largely of arid and semi-arid lands (70%)

  • Is exposed to multiple natural hazards such as drought, floods, and health epidemics

  • Its geostrategic position has been a key asset of the region, which partly explain the incessant conflicts, resulting in famines, exoduses, and economic crises

  • One of the most troubled and poorest regions. 


Research contributes to a better understanding of reality. Knowing that knowledge needs to be translated into local constructs and applied to local problems, IRICA envisions:


  • Research that directly addresses the livelihoods and progress of our people by initiating and encouraging studies that are directly in tune with their concerns.

  • A reproducable model for scientific research that new generations of researchers are able to emulate.

  • An increased public confidence in local research.

  • Local research that is widely disseminated.

  • Experienced national researchers with indigenous knowledge who are better able to probe, understand, and avoid external misunderstandings, produce more effective solutions for development issues.


  1. Interdisciplinary Research

  2. Sustainable Development

  3. Climate Change

  4. Globalization

  5. Local companies, institutions,  and communities

Latest News
We have launched our new website!

Welcome and have a look around to learn more about our association.

26 June 2016

Calling for papers
IRICA is hosting our first research conference in February 2017.

If you would like to present your original research please submit by the 15th of November, 2016