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Kinna Resilience Assessment Report

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Written by Meteorological Department, Resource Advocacy Programme, International Institute of Environment and Development

Day One: Community Meeting

1. Introduction

Daoud Tari of RAP (Resource Advocacy Program) welcomed participants to the meeting (see appendix 1 for a full list of participants) and invited the local Imam to bless the proceedings with a word of prayer. Daoud Tari stressed that the meeting was like a normal Boran community meeting where anyone could raise their hand and talk. He then recapped the process that had brought all the partners and the participants together. Describing a process that had been ongoing for over three years, Daoud Tari outlined the six workshops that had taken place in order to design a collaborative approach to addressing climate resilience in Isiolo County.

There was then a short discussion on the importance of mainstreaming climate change and the opportunities afforded by the p rocess of government devolution, for affecting real change in the way ‘development is done’. It was explained that the partnership between the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands (MSDNKOAL), the Ministry of Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 (MPNDV2030 ), the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is focused on bringing together local and formal processes of planning to strengthen communities’ climate resilience.

The overall schedule for the 5 - day process was outlined (see appendix 2) and agreed upon by participants. Then the specific agenda for the community meeting was agreed. The first day would be devoted to exploring the livelihoods , climate impacts an d conceptions of poverty within Kinna community . The background to the Resilience Assessment ( RA ) and the Climate Adaptation Fund (CAF) would also be outlined. The second day would focus on processes that undermine the various livelihood systems and how the resilience of different livelihood types to climate variability can be enhanced through ‘public good type’ support. It was also agreed that there would be a resource mapping exercise to be completed at the end of the second day .

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