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CEWARN Director Mr. Richard Barno and team received and conferred with Mr. Sven-Eric Söder, Director General of the Stockholm-based Folke Bernadotte Academy on 31 October at the CEWARN Secretariat in Addis Ababa.The Folke Bernadotte Academy is a Swedish government agency dedicated to international conflict and crisis management, with a particular focus on peace operations. The discussions between the two principals touched on the ongoing work of CEWARN in conflict early warning and response in the IGAD region as well as the work of Folke Bernadotte the Academy which has a particular focus on peace operations and capacity building support to conflict prevention efforts around the world, as well as potential areas for collaboration. The Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) is one of CEWARN’s chief partners. Beginning 2009, SIDA’s support to CEWARN has been instrumental in the Development of CEWARN’s strategy 2012-2019. SIDA is also one of the prominent contributors of CEWARN’s Rapid Response Fund (RRF) that facilitates local-level peace initiatives in CEWARN’s areas of operation across the region.