Action research for Disaster Risk Reduction in Ethiopia & Kenya
In the project “Improved Community Response to Drought” (ICRD) funded by ECHO (European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office), the Vétérinaires Sans Frontières consortium (VSF-Belgium, Germany and Switzerland) is engaged in action research in the Greater Horn of Africa. It is working in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia with Dessanach, Hamer, Somali and Karamoja pastoralists in Pastoral Field Schools (PFSs) and Village Community Banks (VICOBAs). In 2012, in Action research for Disaster Risk Reduction: experiences with Pastoralist Field School (PFS) and Village Community Banks (VICOBA), the consortium documented challenges and good practices with PFSs and VICOBAs in order to disseminate lessons learnt among local authorities, humanitarian and development actors and decision-makers. With this 22-page paper, VSF seeks to communicate how the PFs and ViCOBAs can be effectively implemented and how the impacts can be measured on community ability to reduce risk of disaster and undertake sustainable development initiatives.