Despite economic growth, major parts of Kenya’s population are plagued by extreme poverty, corruption, and violence between clans and communities. Unsettled historic grievances between the Somali population of the North-Eastern provinces and the central government, the deterioration of livelihoods due to extreme weather patterns, and massive displacement following the armed conflict in neighbouring Somalia, have triggered localised but serious humanitarian crises in parts of Kenya. About 1.1 million Kenyans are considered as food-insecure and more than 550,000 refugees from the civil wars in Somalia and South Sudan are still stuck in camps in Kakuma and Dadaab. Furthermore, the deployment of Kenyan troops into the conflict in Somalia resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths after attacks by the Somali armed group Al Shabaab.
The recent El Niño meteorological phenomenon caused both floods and severe drought in late 2015, and about 12,400 households have been temporarily displaced.
Since RedR UK opened its Regional Office in Nairobi in October 2011, we have been offering open and tailor-made training to national and international humanitarian partners.
Between 2012 and 2015, RedR partnered with the Kenyan Red Cross, OCHA, UNICEF and the national Government in developing and disseminating the Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment (KIRA) tool, which enables humanitarian actors to process and use data from joint inter-agency assessment in crisis situations. Partnering with the International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) and using funds from ECHO, RedR organised 15 field-based security trainings for more than 300 aid workers in 2015 alone. To enhance local response capacities in the most disaster-prone areas of Kenya, more than 150 local government and NGO staff were trained last year in Disaster Risk Management.
Together with Oxfam and the Start network, RedR also started to offer Context, a professional development programme, in Kenya and will extend it in 2016 to neighbouring Ethiopia.