Briefs & leaflets

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Brief: Public participation in the ASALs: Is it just ticking the box?  This brief provides a summary of what needs to be done to ensure public participation in the drylands. Public participation Mokku, J. DLCI and PPG February 2018 Kenya

Information is power: the urgent need for improved information provision in ASALs This brief makes the case for the need to provide information to remote dryland communities on critical policy and practice issues. Information Mokku, J. DLCI December 2017 Kenya

The threat and potential of Community Land Act to protect the Community land and pastoralist livelihoods.  This brief highlights the threat and potential of the Community Land Act (2016) to protect community land and pastoralist livelihoods in the dryland areas of Kenya. Community land Mokku, J. DLCI December 2017 Kenya

Marginalised communities losing on opportunity: the need for efficiency of Equalization Fund This brief makes the case for an urgent need for improvement and efficiency of the Equalization Fund in order to ensure marginalised pastoralist communities do not lose out on the benefits that come with the Fund. Equalization Fund Mokku, J. DLCI December 2017 Kenya

Brief:The threat and Potential of the Community land act to Protect Community Land and Pastoralist Livelihoods The brief provides a summary of the threat and potential of the community land act to protect the community land and pastoralist livelihoods. Community land Mokku, J. DLCI & PPG December 2017 Kenya

Brief: Information is power: the urgent need for information in remote drylands, January 2017 This brief critically underscores the dire need for information provision for remote communities in the drylands. Communities in the ASALs of Kenya are in urgent need for policy information in order to exercise their constitutional rights of public participation. Public participation Tilstone, V and Mokku, J. DLCI January 2017 Kenya

Community feedback on the Community Land Act and public participation in county planning and budgeting, Dec 2016 This brief presents the findings from a series of workshops, community meetings and radio shows organised by DLCI in three ASAL counties: Marsabit, Turkana and Isiolo. The meetings sought community feedback on community Land Act 2016 and public participation in county budgeting and planning process. Drought preparedness Tilstone, V. and Mokku, J. DLCI December 2016 Kenya

Summary of Community Land Act 2016 This brief summarizes the key tenets of the Community Land Act that was enacted by Parliament in August 2016. The Act enables the implementation of Article 63 (1) of the Constitution: Community land shall vest in and be held by communities identified on the basis of ethnicity, culture or similar cultural interest. Land DLCI and RECONCILE DLCI October 2016 Kenya

Brief: Priorities for institutional development and knowledge management for EDE, October 2016 This brief outlines the key highlights on the priorities for knowledge management and institutional strengthening (Pillar Six) component of the EDE, based on a workshop organised by the National Drought Management Authority, DLCI and Konrad Adeneaur Stiftung (KAS). Drought preparedness Tilstone, V. DLCI October 2016

Matayarisho ya fedha na bajeti ya serikali ya kaunti, Oktoba 2016 Ripoti hii inatoa ratiba ya matayarisho ya fedha na bajeti ya serikali ya kaunti, na namna wananchi wanavyopaswa kujijushisha katika upangaji na ugavi wa fedha hizo. Upangaji fedha Mokku, J. DLCI Oktoba 2016 Kenya

Brief: Key priorities for institutional development and knowledge management for EDE, Oct 2016 This brief summaries the key priorities for the institutional development and knowledge managment of the Ending Drought Emergencies Initiative (EDE).  Drought Tilstone, V. DLCI October 2016 Kenya

Brief: Kenya Community Land Act 2016 This brief provides a summary of Community Land Act Community land DLCI and RECONCILE DLCI August 2016 Kenya

DLCI Brochure This brochure introduces when DLCI was established, what it does and its structure. Resilience general DLCI DLCI December 2015 Horn of Africa

Progress and reflections: Two years of the Drylands Learning and Capacity Building Initiative for Policy and Practice Change in the Horn of Africa This brief discusses DLCI's evaluation of its ECHO program that ran from January 2014 to September 2015 highlighting DLCI’s unique positioning to improve policy and practice for the drylands in the region.. Resilience general Isobel Birch DLCI December 2015 Horn of Africa

A framework for improved integrated education in the ASALs of Kenya This brief is a summary of the DLCI document, ‘Framework for Improved Education in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya’ (2015). Education Wesonga, D. DLCI May 2015 Kenya

EDE leaflet Brief for the NDMA on the Ending Drought Emergencies Initiative This leaflet was developed in conjunction with the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) on the Government of Kenya’s Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE) Initiative.  The leaflet provides information about the origins and the development of the EDE, how it will be implemented and structured and what you can do to help end drought emergencies in Kenya by 2022. Policy DLCI and NDMA DLCI May 2015 Kenya

Land Use Discussion brief on the need for participatory land use planning in building resilience of ASAL communities in Kenya This brief was developed by DLCI in conjunction with the Rangelands Initiative of the International Land Coalition.  It is the culmination of a review of planning processes in Kenya and is informed by land use planning innovations in the drylands of neighbouring countries. Land use planning Flintan, F. and Tilstone, V.  Rangelands Initiative and DLCI April 2015 Horn of Africa

AU Pastoral Policy framework leaflet (translated to Runyankole Rukiga) This leaflet was produced by REGLAP, and has been translated to Runyankole Rukiga with the support of COPACSO. It was extracted from the AU Pastoral Policy Framework, which provides a unique opportunity for countries to establish comprehensive national policies that will confer full political, social, economic and environmental rights to pastoral communities. Advocacy COPACSO COPACSO April 2015 Uganda

AU Pastoral Policy framework leaflet (translated to Ng'akarimojong) This leaflet was produced by REGLAP, and has been translated to Ng'akarimojong with the support of COPACSO. It was extracted from the AU Pastoral Policy Framework, which provides a unique opportunity for countries to establish comprehensive national policies that will confer full political, social, economic and environmental rights to pastoral communities. Advocacy COPACSO COPACSO April 2015 Uganda

AU Pastoral Policy framework leaflet (translated to Luo) This leaflet was produced by REGLAP, and has been translated to Luo with the support of COPACSO. It was extracted from the AU Pastoral Policy Framework, which provides a unique opportunity for countries to establish comprehensive national policies that will confer full political, social, economic and environmental rights to pastoral communities. Advocacy COPACSO COPACSO April 2015 Uganda

briefs-4 Discussion brief: Irrigating Kenya’s drylands: food for thought This brief discusses the potential and viability of the Government of Kenya's Vision 2030 goal of increasing irrigation to 1.2million hectares by 2030, particularly considering water availability and the returns on investment compared to other livelihoods. Natural Resource Management Avery, S. Avery, S. February 2015 Kenya

Discussion Brief: Towards peace and security in dryland Kenya: the demand for a new approach This discussion paper looks at recent efforts to build greater peace and security, outlines the weaknesses and gaps within existing strategies, and outlines the calls for a new approach.  Peace Building Gibbons, S. PPG/DLCI November 2014 Kenya

briefs-15 Brief: Development in Ethiopia's Omo Basin and its effects on Kenya's Lake Turkana This is a research study done by Eng. Dr. Sean Avery around Lake Turkana. The study focuses on Omo Gibe basin and also brings out the details on Gibe III dam project as well as the impact on the ecology and environment of the Lower Omo and Lake Turkana. Natural Resource Management Avery, S. - September 2014 Ethiopia and Kenya

Final_discussion-paper_Turkana-aquifer-1 Discussion brief: Turkana aquifer discoveries and development This discussion brief examines the Turkana aquifer discoveries and the RTI remote sensing data and initial salinity tests and what can be concluded from it so far. The brief cautions of the preliminary and tentative nature of the finds which have to be rectified before they can be exploited for irrigation or to meet the water needs of other parts of Kenya. Natural Resource Management Avery, S. - September 2014 Kenya

briefs-7 Counting Pastoralists in Kenya This is a summary brief based on the study "Counting Pastoralists' in Kenya which argues that new approaches are needed to measure the pastoral system and the proportion of population that derives its livelihood from it. Data collection methodologies Kratli, S. - June 2014 Kenya

briefs-14 Water development and irrigation in Karamoja This summary is based on a review of the same name and reviews some experiences of irrigation in Karamoja and the problems faced. The brief encourages caution in large scale irrigation in the drylands and learning from past experiences. Natural Resource Management Avery, S. - March 2014 Uganda

briefs-13 Progress made to date in measuring resilience in the Horn of Africa This brief outlines the main approaches being provided to measure resilience in the region including FAO's mixed method approach, UNDP's CoBRA, and Tango's Resilience Determinants Analysis and looks at their similarities and differences and how they should learn from each other. The brief concludes that governments should take the lead in developing consensual definitions and monitoring frameworks, and the need for sharing and learning. Advocacy Fitzgibbon, C. - March 2014 Horn of Africa

briefs-9 From Commitment to Action: Are donors meeting their pledges to build resilience in the HoA? This summary brief of a review of the same name reviews how donors are meeting their pledges made at the ending drought emergencies conference of 2011. The review concludes that many areas are being neglected in terms of resilience, including education, land rights, voice and governance. Advocacy Atyang, A. and Standley, S. - March 2014 Horn of Africa

briefs-8 Ugandan National Land Policy and what it means for the pastoral areas This policy brief reviews the recently passed Uganda Land Policy and what it means for dryland areas. Natural Resource Management Baumgartner, L. - January 2014 Uganda

DLCI Overview_Final DLCI brochure This brochure introduces when DLCI was established, what it does and its structure. Resilience general DLCI DLCI December 2013 Horn of Africa

briefs-16 ASAL Policy leaflet This policy leaflet provides an overview of Kenya's national Policy for Sustainable Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands (Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2012). Advocacy de Jode, H. de Jode, H. December 2013 Kenya

briefs-5 Knowledge Management and Research for Resilience in the Drylands of the Horn of Africa This brief written for ILRI's Technical Consortium describes the knowledge management process and the need to put communities at the centre. The brief reviews a range of past and present knowledge management initiatives in the region and makes recommendations on how it should be strengthened in the future. Learning and Knowledge Management Tilstone, V., Ericksen, P., Neely, C., Davis, J. and Downie, K. December 2013 December 2013 Horn of Africa

briefs-11 Brief: Resilience in the drylands of the Horn of Africa: what it means for practice? This brief unpacks what new definitions of resilience mean for the drylands in the Horn of Africa. Advocacy Tilstone, V. - May 2013 Horn of Africa

Summary-Brief-Integrated-Planning_FINAL_26-March-2013-1 Opportunities to promote integrated planning in the drylands of the Horn of Africa This is a summary brief on a review done to review of potential opportunities and constraints for promoting integrated planning in the drylands of Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. This report draws together and reviews current and recent experience in planning processes in the drylands of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The analysis focuses on key drivers of policy and decision-making that influence different levels of development and land use planning in dryland areas and the outcomes. Integrated planning Flintan, F. - February 2013 Horn of Africa

briefs-3 Why a substantive ministry/cabinet position for the ASALs is essential for Kenya’s future? This brief provides an explanation on the need for a substantive ministry to support the work that was started by the former Ministry for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands that was formed in 2008. It argues that the various institutions that are meant to address ASAL issues are in their formative stages and need to be fully supported. Governance Gargule, A. - December 2012 Kenya

REGLAP_Information_brief_on_IGAD_led-_IDDRSI-1 Overview of the IDDRSI: The need for Community Engagement for Transformational Change Following the 2010/11 drought in the Horn of Africa, which affected over 13.5 million people mainly in the drylands, various organisations came together to collaborate on an initiative to ‘End Drought Emergencies’ in these areas. This brief provides an overview of the IDDRSI. Advocacy Tilstone, V. - October 2012 Horn of Africa

1_Rangeland-framentation_Ethiopia-brief_30Jan2012-1 Why halting the fragmentation of the rangelands will improve the drought resiliency of Ethiopia’s pastoralists? This summary brief on Why halting the fragmentation of the rangelands will improve the drought resiliency of Ethiopia's pastoralists? summarizes the processes, causes and impacts of land fragmentation. It breaks these into Conservation of land to agriculture and other land use change, Weak and compromised planning and development interventions, Insecurity of tenure in pastoral lands and resources and finally, The disenfranchisement and marginalisation of pastoral systems and customary institutions. The brief finally gives recommendations. Natural Resource Management Flintan, F. - October 2012 Ethiopia

briefs-12 Ending drought emergencies: urgent action on sustainable solutions - Advocacy Gargule, A. - April 2012 Horn of Africa

briefs-10 Brief: Ending drought emergencies: Will the promises be met? This policy brief written in November 2011 asks whether the pledges made at the Nairobi conference to End Drought Emergencies in the region are likely to be met. The brief argues that only if communities are determining their development trajectories; if there is sufficient investment in the foundations of development including infrastructure, human capital e.t.c will sustainable development and increased resilience be achieved. Advocacy Abdi, S - November 2011 Horn of Africa

Technical-brief-Reciprocal-resource-agreements_FINAL_4th-No-1 How shared resource use management through reciprocal grazing agreements can increase resilience? This technical brief focuses on approaches and practices used among communities that support dialogue and negotiation as pre-requisite for creating disaster-resilient communities. Such practices include the reciprocal resource agreements that are a common feature in pastoralist customary traditions. By strengthening traditional reciprocal grazing agreements it is possible to enhance feasible climate change adaptation practices among the pastoral communities who are highly affected. This is the focus of VSF Germany, as part of a consortium with VSF Switzerland and VSF Belgium. Natural Resource Management Obala, E., Garduno Jaenz, F. and Jenet, A. October 2011 October 2011 Horn of Africa

17501EG-Rodwell-Technical-Brief-on-CBEWs-low-1 Pastoral community-based early warning systems: Why don’t we understand them? This technical brief looks at how Community-based early warning systems (CbEWS) are essential in empowering communities to prepare for and confront natural hazards (UN-ISDR, nd). Good lessons have been learned from their use in areas prone to sudden onset disasters, however in pastoralist communities of the Horn of Africa where drought has a slow onset, disaster is a major hazard and the lessons learned on CbEWS are far fewer. Drought Cycle Management Radice, H. and Tekle, A. October 2011 October 2011 Horn of Africa

briefs-1 Planning in conflict – Experiences with the ‘Do No Harm’ conflict-sensitive programming approach in pastoralist settings This technical brief describes VSF- Germany's experience in using Do No Harm conflict sensitive programming with pastoralists at the Ethiopia-Kenya border. Conflict and Peace Building Grafe, R., Jenet, A. and Obala, E. - October 2011 Horn of Africa

Technical-brief_CMDRR_FINAL_Sept2011-1 Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR), Cordaid’s strategy for building resilient communities in dryland of East and Horn of Africa This technical brief provides information about the CMDRR approach implemented by Cordaid and its impact so far. Drought Cycle Management Abdi, S. - September 2011 Horn of Africa

Summary-brief-land-fragmentation_FINAL_15th-August-2011-1 The causes, processes and impacts of land fragmentation in the rangelands of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda This summary brief draws from a review of the same name and highlights the key trends and processes of land fragmentation in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The review explores the relationship between the fragmentation and the reduced ability of pastoralists to overcome drought, it highlights their strong linkages. Recommendations follow thereafter as to how the negative impacts of land fragmentation on pastoral livelihoods can be reduced or mitigated. Natural Resource Management Flintan, F. - August 2011 Horn of Africa

briefs-17 AU pastoral policy framework leaflet, English version This leaflet was developed from the AU Pastoral Policy Framework, which provides a unique opportunity for countries to establish comprehensive national policies that will confer full political, social, economic and environmental rights to pastoral communities. Advocacy de Jode, H. - May 2011 Horn of Africa

briefs-6 Participatory natural resource management with Somali pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Ethiopia: a lasting community led response to climate change This technical brief provides information about Save the Children's experience in using participatory natural resource management with Somali pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Ethiopia. Natural Resource Management Radice, H., Ruiz-Bascaran, M., Seyoum, Y. and Getachew, R. - March 2011 Horn of Africa

briefs-2 Using cross border programming to address cross border dynamics in Karamoja (Uganda) and Pokot (Kenya) This technical brief describes ACTED's experience in implementing cross-border programmes along the Kenya-Uganda border. Conflict and Peace Building Lambroschini, S. - February 2011 Kenya and Uganda

FINAL-PaperAddressing-Chronic-Food-Insecurity-in-the-HoA_260111-1 Addressing chronic food insecurity in the Horn of Africa: Good practice identified, but commitment needed - Resilience General Mousseau, F. and Morton, F. - July 2005 Horn of Africa