From  : Public Communications Office

Date   : 4th November, 2015

WaiguruThe Government today launched a sectoral common programme for ending drought emergencies in the nine ASAL counties of Kenya, a Kenya Vision 2030 Flagship project.

Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, Anne Waiguru, launched the programme dubbed “Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE), on behalf of the Deputy President William Ruto, at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). The State Department of East African Affairs was represented by a Deputy Secretary Mr. Badu Katelo on behalf of the Principal Secretary Mr. John O. Konchellah.

The EDE approach recognizes that droughts cause emergencies because the foundations needed to support sustainable livelihoods in drought prone areas, principally security, infrastructure and human capital (education, health and nutrition), are often weak. This weakness is due to historical imbalances in investment. The EDE initiative will accelerate investments in these development foundations, as well as strengthen the institutions responsible for managing drought risks.

The Deputy President said EDE arose from a paper presented by the government at a summit of Heads of State from the Horn and East Africa held in Nairobi in September 2011, following that year’s drought.

He added, the EDE paper evolved into a strategy approved by the cabinet, which was then integrated in the Second Medium Term Plan for Kenya Vison 2030. It was endorsed by relevant sectoral ministries at National and County level, and adopted by development partners as a framework around which to align their assistance.

Mr. Ruto said EDE in arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) will protect the vulnerable and achieve national development goals in accordance with the constitution.

Head of Mission USAID Kenya Ms. Karen Freeman and the Country Director, World Food Programme, , who is also the chair, ASAL donor group, Ms. Annalisa Conte, praised the government move to address the challenges the Northern Kenya ASAL communities through elaborate programmes that will ensure their lifestyles improved.

They assured that their organizations will continue to partner with the government to improve socio-economic lifestyle of the ASAL community.

The chair of the ASAL Council of Governors Amb. Ali Roba Ibrahim, who is also Mandera County Governor thanked the donor community for partnering with the government in addressing the challenges facing ASAL community, especially in the health, food and security.

The EDE is part of the second Kenya vision 2030 Medium Term Plan, 2013-2017. It is being implemented through a Common Program Frame work that will ensure stronger alignment and coordination of investment and activity between the National Government, the County Governments and Development partners. It is also aligned with the 2013 Kenya external Resources Policy, and specifically its requirements for country ownership and leadership, mutual accountability, managing for development results, and stronger alignment   and coordination.