Transforming Mandera West Communities one small step at a time: Action at the Frontline, Mandera, Kenya



Mandera County in Kenya is synonymous with poverty, conflict and ranks at bottom of all socio-economic indicators. Prior to Action at the Frontline, the targeted villages in Mandera West felt limited responsibilities towards resolving these issues as they saw it as the mandate of ‘outsiders’ like the County administrators and the Area Member of Parliament. Open dialogue, community reflections and follow-up visits was all that was needed to put these communities on the ‘reflective mode’ to see how best they can reverse these worrying trends and put the community on the road to consensus-building, self-help and development.