Community participation in drought management

Authors: IGAD
Date: 2019


For Arid and Semi-arid Lands (ASAL), historical exclusion from mainstream development planning, as well as lifestyles that depend on mobility, participation in development planning is a new terrain that will take time to establish as a norm and yet it is crucial to ensure sustainability of development projects that build resilience to drought and other disasters. Various agencies working in the ASALs of Kenya used various methods to ensure promote community participation in drought management all of which have contributed immensely in ensuring drought management initiatives are anchored on the realities of the ASALs. One such method that has been used with good outcomes in development planning in northern Kenya is the Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) developed and promoted in the arid counties of Kenya, is described.