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Resilience for Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : Resilience for Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya

Pays/Région : Kenya

Durée : 01.03.2021 - 31.07.2025

Pastoralism is a millennia old livelihood strategy adapted to the marginal and harsh environ-ments of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL). In order to support pastoralists, this programme contributes to strengthening public and private institutions in the water and livestock sectors, putting policy frameworks in place to ensure efficient county-wide and cross-border water and rangeland management systems, and to increase access to water and pasture

Kenya’s ASAL occupy more than 80 percent of the country’s landmass and are home to over 10 million people. The inhabitants are predominantly (agro-) pastoralists more than 60% of whom live in conditions of abject poverty, subsisting on less than one US dollar per day. Access to basic services (including health, water and education), along with the average dietary intake, are all below the national average. Reinforcing this worrying level of poverty is a cycle of environmental degradation, insecurity, climatic shocks, disease and general despondency.Against this backdrop, the process of devolution of power and resources to counties that started 2 years ago has opened a huge window of opportunities, especially for marginalised ASAL counties. However, decentralization also entails major challenges. Indeed, counties, which were previously mainly managed by the central government, now need to put in place structures, policies and procedures and have to build staff capacities to govern and deliver good public services. In particular, they have to ensure that the rampant corruption at national level does not gain ground at county level. Counties have already developed County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) and appointed competent people to take up the challenge. However, the implementation of CIDPs still requires tremendous efforts. Among other things, the institutional setup of county institutions has to be reviewed and service delivery improved.

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 7’710’000

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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