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RAPID+ The Kenya Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development Plus


Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : RAPID+ The Kenya Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development Plus

Pays/Région : Kenya

Durée : 01.11.2021 // 31.10.2026

Pastoralist communities in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) have for a very long time adapted to the harsh environments to derive livelihoods (mainly livestock). Communities in the ASALs are facing multiple pressures of climate change, degraded natural resources and conflicts. This program supports the historically marginalised and under-developed pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya to access safe, reliable and affordable Water and manage their rangeland ecosystem sustainably.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : Over 80% of Kenya’s total land area is classified as Arid and Semi-arid Lands (ASAL). The ASAL counties are dominated by about 10 million pastoralists and the area is characterized by low human development (e.g. high poverty, low literacy), low population density (but a high growth rate) and poor infrastructure. The population in the ASALs are predominantly livestock keepers. RAPID+ target counties of Garissa, Wajir and Isiolo which border Somalia to the East and share long boarders that facilitate trade and sharing of transboundary resources. Marsabit and Turkana counties border Ethiopia to the North. Instability in Somalia and Ethiopia affect these counties. RAPID+ counties face challenges of water scarcity and degraded rangelands that negatively impact their livelihoods as well contributing to inter-communal conflicts. Climate change exacerbate the situation and often result into droughts and further deterioration of the natural resource base of communities.
* Objectifs  : Improved access to safe and sustainably managed water and rangelands in RAPID+ Counties contribute to resilient livelihoods for communities in a peaceful environment.
* Groupes cibles  : A total of 200,000 persons (50% female) in 5 counties. That is, 150,000 will benefit from water for multiple use (domestic, small scale irrigation and for livestock) and 50,000 pastoralists will benefit from improved rangeland for their livestock. Other target groups : - 400 county governments staff - 11 Water Resources Users Associations - 45 Water Management Committees - 26 Transboundary Rangelands Management Committees. - 50 Women’s and youth groups ( 20 members each on average) - Small and medium enterprises dealing with water and rangeland products

Partenaires  : Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) USA. Secretariat of MWA is the contract holder. MWA Members (implementing partners) are : Catholic Relief Services, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, World Vison and Food for The Hungry.

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 7’225’000 (Phase en cours)

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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