Proposal for Locally Led Humanitarian Preparedness and Response in Kenya (31st January –1st February 2018)


Jamii wanaoadhirika zaidi na maafa na majanga, pamoja na taasisi zao wana uwezo wa kuongoza, kuamua, kudhibiti uhai wao wenyewe wa kuokoa maisha yao , na kustahimili; wakihakikisha uwajibikaji wa wahusika wengine, wakizingatia haki zao na kushughulikia sababu za udhaifu wa jamii. (translated below)

Proposed Vision: The most vulnerable crisis affected people and their institutions have the power to lead, determine and control their own life saving responses and resilience strengthening with dignity and hold duty bearers and other relevant actors to account for their rights and for addressing their root causes of vulnerability.

Between 31st January and 1st February 2018, Seven local and national humanitarian organisations, one County government authority, five community representatives and ten INGOs held a strategy development process and started discussing what a shared localisation vision in Kenya may be.
The 3-year Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) , implemented between 2014 and 2016 had already mobilised a number of local and national actors in partnership with INGOs, with capacity strengthening initiatives that allowed a timely response to the drought emergency that affected Kenya between 2016 and 2017. The group has now put forward for wider consultations and debate, a transformative vision debate where the communities are at the core of the humanitarian preparedness and response cycle.

Key learning that was affirmed following implementation of DEPP and other humanitarian programmes included: Communities who are most vulnerable to crises and disasters have the power to determine and lead on humanitarian response; Communities are best placed to hold duty-bearers to account and assess the quality of a response; and it is only by strengthening resilience in these communities that humanitarian programming will succeed in mitigating and reducing vulnerability.