Community voices driving decisions: Kenya Red Cross and IFRC share the lessons learned on accountability to communities
“As a movement we have no choice than being accountable to people.”
Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross Society
Real time evaluation report for Kenya Red Cross Society
This policy brief, presented as part of the Raising Risk Awareness initiative, concludes that, from the climate science perspective, results show the 2016-17 drought is less severe than the 2010-11 drought in Lamu, while in Marsabit they are comparable. It provides recommendations for decision-makers to link disaster risk management strategies with climate science.
Drought Situation in Kenya
Use of electronic cash vouchers to support families affected by drought in Marsabit county, Kenya 2017
(This story is a KRCS-IFRC press release issued in Nairobi on Monday.
NEEDS AND CASH FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT
• Response analysis
• Setting up of cash transfer values
• Risk assessment
DEVELOPMENT OF PLAN OF ACTION/PROPOSAL
3.1 Response team selection and deployment
3.2 Selection, contracting and training of delivery mechanism (printing of vouchers if the voucher is the modality)
3.3 Sensitization of local authorities at county and sub county levels
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and the County Government of Bomet have extended the implementation period for the Bomet Integrated Development Programme (BIDP), through renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that took place in Bomet County on Monday, 29 May 2017. The initial programme period was coming to an end in June 2017 but, which has been extended for another two years, ending June 2019.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) through funding from the Global Fund and support from the Kenyan government has launched a Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) project in Turkana County that aims to address HIV risk amongst the adolescents and young women aged between 15-24 years.
The project that was launched on 31 May 2017 in Kalokol, Turkana is being spearheaded by KRCS and National AIDS & STI Control Programme (NASCOP) and will benefit 9,000 direct beneficiaries in Turkana Central, South and North.
The Walda Climate Adaptation project is part of the bigger strategy of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) on disaster risk management, aimed at addressing three key pillars namely; disaster risk reduction, food security and livelihood, as well as environment, which focuses on disaster preparedness, the chronic food insecurity in the country and climate change.
The country has been experiencing increasingly intense rainfall over the last weeks with significant amounts of rainfall currently being witnessed in the Coastal, North Eastern, Central and parts of Western region.
Current estimates indicate that about 26 people have lost their lives and a further 24,803 people have been displaced in 13 counties across the country following heavy rains and flooding.
The National Industrial Credit (NIC) Bank has donated Ksh. 1 million towards the Kenya Red Cross Society drought appeal kitty.
The donation ceremony that took place on 17 May 2017 at NIC Headquarters entailed 50% donations from the NIC Bank staff who contributed Ksh. 500,000 and a top up of the same amount by the bank.
To receive the donation on behalf of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) was the Secretary General, Dr. Abbas Gullet who expressed his gratefulness for the efforts and sacrifice that had been put into place to raise the money.
The food insecurity in Kenya has seen the Kenya Red Cross Society utilize multiple response interventions to support families facing food starvation. The crisis has affected more than 3 million people and despite the downpour being witnessed across the country, experts warn that the rains may not be sufficient.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) response has been driven by availability or resources, local and international support, and a dedicated team of staff traversing internal borders to ease human suffering and save lives.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) distributed food on Saturday 29 April 2017 in Kapus and Loima villages, Turkana County. The food reached 585 households affected by the drought. Present to hand over the food aid to the affected families was the Turkish Ambassador to Kenya Deniz Eke, who recognized the efforts of the Agency and Kenya Red cross Society in tackling the on-going drought situation that has so far affected more than 3 million people.
The Kenya Red Cross Society recently revised its drought appeal to Ksh.2.5million, this follows the increased number of Kenyans that have been affected by the ongoing drought. The number has risen to over 3 million and most communities and families in these affected counties are in dire need of food and non-food items.
The United States International University (USIU-Africa) with its partners including Jumia Group and SKF Kenya donated Ksh. 1,532,333 towards the Kenya Red Cross drought appeal.
The Kenya Red Cross Society is implementing an Integrated Community Resilience Building Programme (ICRBP) in Kilifi and Tana River County through funding from the Finnish Red Cross. The project started its operation in April 2016 and will come to an end in December 2018.
The Kenya Red Cross Society with support from European Union, Danish Red Cross and County Government of Mombasa is implementing Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), an Integrated project in informal settlement Tudor, Mombasa whose goal is to ensure that vulnerable communities access medical care.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has revised its drought appeal to cater for 1 million people facing starvation, an amendment that will now require Ksh 2.5 billion. The previous drought appeal sought Ksh 1 billion to support 340,786 people.
Climate scientists from multi international agencies, on 23 March 2017, released a detailed study of the Kenyan drought, whose main message is: prepare for more.
The scientists shared their findings at the conclusion of a three-day conference in Nairobi that brought together representatives from the government, private sector, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and other humanitarian agencies.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and the Water Service Trust Fund (WSTF), officiating a partnership worth Ksh 150 million that seek to expand access to water and mitigate the ongoing drought that has affected 23 counties. The event that took place on 7 March 2017 at Radisson Blue Hotel in Nairobi will see KRCS implement a series of water projects on behalf of WSTF, a department under the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, in partnership with Danida who are the project donors.