Working together to anticipate drought in Kenya
Joint development of Early Action Protocol for drought in Kenya
Disasters and development are inherently linked. Disasters can wipe out decades of hard-fought poverty reduction and development gains of communities. Climate change is aggravating this. In addition, disasters disproportionally affect the poor: low levels of development make the population more exposed and vulnerable to disasters.
Until recently, many predictable extreme weather events such as floods and drought have resulted in disasters and suffering by these poor communities. In the past 5 years the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) together with key stakeholders has worked on reducing or even avoiding these impacts.
Weather forecasts are used to inform communities in time about early actions that can be taken by themselves and by relevant organizations before an upcoming hazard reaches them. This potentially reduces risks for vulnerable communities and saves money and time for humanitarian response. KRCS has co-developed an Early Action Protocol (EAP) to help communities fight the impact of climate change and be better prepared for disasters like floods and droughts, with a great variety of stakeholders both national and international.
The Netherlands Red Cross presents a personal reflection given by some of the key stakeholders involved on how they experienced the process of the EAP development. The stakeholders that participated represent the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), International Center for Humanitarian Affairs (ICHA), World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Regional Center For Mapping Of Resources For Development (RCMRD), and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center (RCCC). The stakeholders have reflected on memories, moments or situations throughout the process of jointly developing the EAP.