Kenya

Final Report: Frontline Kenya Country Report 2015

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Executive Summary

As part of the ‘Frontline’ project, a participatory action research was conducted in six communities of Kenya namely Mandera, Wajir, Samburu, Nairobi, Kwale and Kisumu. The survey aims at measuring community resilience, identifying actions and advocacy activities that can improve disaster management at local, regional and national levels. The survey also supports local action and learning in the domains of disaster risk reduction.

The survey interviewed 384 respondents across the country, with 48% female and 52% male with different age groups. Those between the ages of 26-60 years accounted for 44% of the respondents. Special groups were also involved, with 13.23% respondents identifying themselves as disabled. The survey was conducted in urban (19%) and rural context (81%) with different risk zones.
Rural and dry lands accounted for 76.14% while urban slums represented 13% of the respondents. Coastal and lowland risk zones represented 4.9% of the survey respondents each. 97% of the respondents did identify their area as a high risk area.

Drought, Diseases and insecurity were identified as the top threats and they were also the top threats that were tackled in the responses. Perception of the respondents on the scale and impact of the disaster events were also collected.

Assessing the disaster events in the past year and also recall of past disaster events going back a decade, did show that 89% of respondents identified the small-scale disasters as the most important and with the biggest impact on the lives of those affected. 66% of the respondents did suffer substantial increase in losses and damages as a result of these events