ACTED Assessment Fact Sheet - Wajir County, Northern Kenya


Main objective

Determine pastoral community vulnerability in Wajiir county with regards to the current drought focusing on Food Security, Nutrition/Health, Water access and sanitation conditions, migration patterns, and condition of livestock.

Specific objectives

• Determine most severely affected districts and divisions with gaps in coverage of droughtaffected population

• Determine key programmatic areas of intervention

• Determine potential collaborations with local or international partners

Location Wajiir County, Northern Kenya

Wajiir South, West and East Divisions


Given the size of the Wajiir county and poor road infrastructures, the assessment focused primarily on secondary sources and direct observation. Interviews were conducted with the following key informants:

• District Officials for Wajiir South, West and North districts

• Four Health clinic officers from Habakore, Dimalyale, Eldas and Buna health centers

• Location chiefs from Habakore, Dimayale, Eldas, Buna, Ajawa, Buna and Bute

• Two female pastoral dropouts located in Dilmanyale, South Wajiir district

• Local and international NGOs (SCUK, WV, IR, ALDEF, WASDA, DPA)

Period of field assessment 28th-31st July 2011 Full assessment report expected by 7th August 2011


County Profile Wajiir County is an administrative County in the North Eastern Province of Kenya. Wajiir population is estimated at 661,941 persons (Kenya census 2009) and is mainly inhabited with mobile pastoralist population, whose main livelihood relies on livestock. The county has recently suffered from two consecutive failed rainy seasons.
In June 2011, the county was rated by Arid lands Drought Assessment Report, as at emergency level. The 27th June 2011 OCHA Kenya Nutrition Survey Results, report the current General Acute Malnutrition rate for Wajiir County at 20-30%, a 5-10% increase from 2010.