Director of CHC, Nancy Balfour, worked in partnership with Mercy Corps Kenya to develop a strategy for their programming in the Arid and Semi - Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya. This is a contributory framework to the overall country program and is intended to be implemented using a resilience approach and adapted to the risk context in each county.
The ASALs of Kenya require a different approach from each development partner. The area is characterised by historic underinvestment in both infrastructure and services leading to weak foundations to support sustainable livelihoods. This historic marginalization is being addressed through forward looking policies within the devolution agenda of the government and there is considerably more financial resources available at county level. However the capacity to utilize the resources to put the populations on a positive development trajectory is lacking in some counties and non - government organisations (NGOs) have an opportunity to partner with county government to strengthen this capacity.