The founding leaders of IGAD were motivated by a vision where the people of the region would develop a regional identity, live in peace and enjoy a safe environment alleviating poverty through appropriate and effective sustainable development programmes. The IGAD Secretariat as the executive body of the Authority was given the mandate to achieve this goal.

IGAD to be the premier Regional Economic Community (REC) for achieving peace and sustainable development in the region.

Promote regional cooperation and integration to add value to Member States’ efforts in achieving peace, security and prosperity.