Impact of collective action driven by evidence-based advocacy - Kenya


Focus of the Case study

Building on the Frontline Survey and the learning from local action, Action for Sustainable Change (AFOSC) Kenya led multiple-pronged advocacy efforts at the national, county and community levels that brought together interested stakeholders in advancing local action to counter and mitigate the negative impacts of three prioritised disaster threats. The case study demonstrates the impact of collective action, driven by evidence-based advocacy, at different levels from the community, county to the national level.

Brief Summary of the case study

With the support of GNDR, AFOSC Kenya conducted a comprehensive participatory action research in six counties that informed the stakeholders mobilised for advocacy action to define priority disasters, and also aided the local communities impacted by the disasters to take necessary action to counter the vulnerabilities caused by the disaster events.

To build evidence for action, AFOSC Kenya implemented local action and established advocacy-working groups at the community level. This experiences was shared with the stakeholders at the county and national level, who were instrumental in developing joint actions to scale-up proven advocacy activities to address three prioritised disaster threats.

On the national front, 14 Organisations came together under the ‘National Advocacy plan’ to define and collectively address the priority disaster threats identified during the Frontline Survey, identifying three key disasters namely drought, deforestation and insecurity. Each organisation contributed their (local) knowledge and expertise in drafting an ambitious (joint) work plan that aims to build a secure, stable and prosperous society where there is a high level of awareness and preparedness to deal with the (high-impact) disasters. Utilising effectively the different tools provided in the GNDR Frontline ‘National Advocacy toolkit’, the group of CSOs defined the problem and objective tree, conducted stakeholders mapping, scenario imagining, and completed the power mapping and the work plans to effective tackle the three disaster events.

At the community level, AFOSC implemented advocacy and lobbying efforts that brought the disaster-affected communities in Mandera West district closer to the decision makers. Local networks composed of women and youth groups were mobilised to lead on the advocacy efforts at the village level, and linked up to the county administrators, facilitated by AFOSC field teams.