Kenya: Rapid Inter-Agency Assessment Mission to Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western Provinces - 18 and 19 Feb 2008


A. Introduction:

Three UNCT missions were dispatched to Nyanza, Rift Valley, and Western Provinces to gain an understanding of the impact of the post election violence on the wider population of the two provinces, and learn from the local authorities and humanitarian partners on the ground about response gaps, and how best the UN could position itself to support on-going efforts, especially in the areas of early recovery, protection, coordination, peace building and reconciliation.

Teams Deployed:

Nyanza Province: two teams were deployed: one to Kisumu and Kakamega, and the other to Kisii and Sotik.

The Kisumu/Kakamega team consited of: Ms. Elizabeth Lwanga, UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and team leader; Erasmus Morah, UNAIDS Coordinator; Annet Mpabulungi-Wakabi, UNV Programme; James Teprey, WHO; George Onyiro, UN-Habitat; Emmanuel Naah, UNCESCO; Elly Oduol, UNDP; Jens Laerke (Communications Officer), OCHA Regional; Bernard Kiura, ILO; and Stephen Lukudu, OCHA Kenya.

The Kisii and Sotik team consisted of: Ms. Meryem Aslan, UNIFEM Representative; Alice Ballah- Conteh, UNHCR (team leader); Hannah Entwisle, UNHCR; Irene Mwakesi, UNIC; and Thomas Nyambane, OCHA Kenya.

The Trans Nzoia and Eldoret team consisted of: Dr. Olivia Yambi, UNICEF Representative and team leader; Dr. Castro Camarada, FAO Representative; Ms. Jennifer Miguel, UNFPA; and Ms. Sara Cameron, UNICEF.

All the three teams were joined and supported by colleagues, other humanitarian partners and government officials on the ground.