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Building Resilience Against Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) Project

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African Drylands Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) is part of a consortium led by Mercy Corps that are implementing Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters program (BRACED) in Wajir, Kenya running from 2015-2017. The project is funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) to support the development and expansion of healthy, productive, environmentally sustainable livestock and agriculture sector by facilitating improved market linkages, climate smart agriculture and access to animal health services. The project aims to support national policies and institutions to better integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate adaptation in their development.

The expected outcome of the project is to build absorptive, adaptive, and transformative capacities essential to increase resilience to cushion climate extremes, through good governance around natural resource management and climate change adaptation, Inclusive market systems and Empowerment of women. The project also strengthens technical and adaptive capacity of formal and informal governance structures in natural resource management, climate change adaptation, DRR, and economic development with improved coordination between local, national and regional levels.

The key outputs of the project are:

  • Strengthen technical and adaptive capacity of formal and informal governance structures in natural resource management, climate change adaptation, DRR, and economic development with improved coordination between local, national and regional levels
  • Increase economic opportunities of 75,000 men, women, and youth in rural, peri-urban, and urban areas through the development of a climate smart economy which enhances  market linkages, investment , access to clean energy and new business sector development
  • Reduce inequality and increase empowerment of women, men, boys, and girls

Improving conditions of many households imply building absorptive, adaptive, and transformative resilience capacities to manage the shocks and stresses of climate extremes and disasters by the community.  This Program for Resilient Systems targeting 204,000 beneficiaries (109,000 in Uganda; 95,000 in Kenya) will result in improved food security, nutrition, and livelihood opportunities for the people of Northern Kenya and Northern Uganda. It will also improve governance and market diversification that will enable people of Wajir and Karamoja to adapt to existing climate related challenges and potential future conditions.

Role of ADIS in the project:

  • Develop and translate meteorological data into useable, locally appropriate climate-relevant language to target populations and providing monthly bulletins drawing on existing data from FEWSNET and other public sources.
  • Facilitate national and regional multi-stakeholder learning and innovation events around resilience.
  • Conduct targeted research and/or macro-level studies around resilience building, as scoped with input from Mercy Corps and BRACED M&E Consortium Partner
  • Carry out recurrent monitoring of shocks and stresses in the target regions with the guidance of the BRACED M&E Consortium Partner
  • Carry out the quantitative baseline and end-line surveys with guidance from BRACD M &E Consortium partner, and conduct qualitative analysis of baseline and end-line findings. 

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