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Five Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) Counties set to benefit from County Adaptation Fund

Through the fund, local institutions and communities will work together to develop appropriate and sustainable solutions to the challenges that the changing climate presents. Proposals will be developed participatorily with local communities through the Adaptation Planning Committees in the five counties for public good investments.

“The project provides for practical solutions to the realities of Climate change. It goes beyond boardroom talks to practical demonstrations of tackling climate change impacts through approaches that are community driven” says Eston Njuki, Programme Manager Livelihoods at Christian Aid “It couldn’t have come at a better time than now when devolution is taking place in Kenya thus perfectly showcasing how devolution should work” adds Njuki

CAF demonstrate the effectiveness of bottom up approach where planning at local level informs planning at county and national level. This project also borrows heavily on the successes of integrating Climate Information Services in funding adaptation, through practical experiences in Garissa and Embu counties.

“The fund permits devolution not only to the county but also the sub-county institutions. “ says Kitui County Governor His Excellency Dr. Julius Malombe“There is broad evidence that mainstreaming climate change into local planning processes works and recent studies have demonstrated a significant positive return from strengthening community resilience, compared with the cost of humanitarian response to natural disasters” adds the county Governor.

The total project funding by DFID is KES. 877,500,000 (£6.5m), of which KES. 337,500,000m (£2.5m) has been ring fenced for use by communities to invest in resilience building activities (or CAF). The other elements of the project include: improving and Integration of Climate Information Services (CIS) into planning at all levels; setting up adaptation planning committees and targeted capacity strengthening; action research to inform adaptation interventions and development of participatory M&E systems adapted to ASALs.

The Ada consortium brings together Care International in Kenya, Christian Aid, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Kenya Meteorological Services (KMS) and the UK Met Office (UK Met) in collaboration with National Drought Management Authority.

The launch will take place in Kitui. Kauwi Ward, Kitui West Sub County at Katutu Health Centre starting from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, graced by the Governor’s Office Kitui County.

For more information see the IIED briefing paperEnsuring devolution supports adaptation and climate resilient growth in Kenya” by Ced Hesse and James Pattinson.

Contacts for interviews.

Victor Orindi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +254 720689909

Information from the counties contact

  • Mumina Bonaya: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +254 723445166 (Isiolo)
  • Eston Njuki: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +254705215201 (Kitui and Makueni Counties)
  • Mwende Kusewa: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +254 722343898/733421414 (Garissa County)
  • Diyad Hujale: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; +254 722287359 (Wajir County)

Media contact,

Jane Kiiru, who can also arrange for journalists to meet community committees and fund beneficiaries (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).