More good practice: drought preparedness, resilient livelihoods & coordination

A third issue of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Drylands of the Horn of Africa was brought out by REGLAP (Regional Learning and Advocacy Programme for Vulnerable Dryland Communities) in December 2012, with more examples of good practice. The first section focuses on drought preparedness and mitigation. It includes articles on: the refined Drought Early Warning System in Karamoja, Uganda; rethinking emergency water provision in Ethiopia and Kenya; a multi-agency cross-border (Ethiopia-Kenya) approach to Participatory Drought Risk Assessment; and the People First Impact Method to understand community perspectives on drought preparedness. The second section focuses on building resilient livelihoods. It includes articles on: better ways to address cross-border livestock diseases; community development interventions to build resilience in the aftermath of war (Somaliland); improved livestock marketing and cross-border trade; alternative sources of income from rangeland biodiversity; and the Northern Kenya Investment Fund. The third section focuses on coordination, capacity building and advocacy. It includes articles on the newly created Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) Secretariat in Kenya; the slow progress in implementing the AU Pastoral Policy Framework; a visit from Ethiopia to West Africa to learn from policy successes there; and the IGAD initiative to build a common programming framework to improve effectiveness in ending drought emergencies. Finally, an article on “resilience” examines what this concept means for practice in the African drylands.

Posted on 3 March 2013 in Pastoralism & Climate Change, Pastoralism & Marketing, Pastoralism & Mobility, Pastoralism & Natural Resources, Pastoralism, Policy & Power, Pastoralist Livelihoods & Nutrition