Kenya’s financing mechanism for early no-regrets drought response

A policy shift to anticipatory measures that protect lives and livelihoods and reduce the high cost of emergency response

Drought is the single most damaging natural hazard in Kenya. It destroys lives and livelihoods and undermines national development. Arid and semi-arid parts of the country are home to about 36% of the population and have a low human development index, exacerbating regional inequalities.

Based on evidence that early action protects lives and livelihoods and reduces the high cost of emergency response, Kenya has established a National Drought Emergency Fund. This was preceded by successful piloting and testing of use of pre-positioned funds provided by the European Union.

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