What we do

DLCI promotes improved policy and practice in drylands area by encouraging development actors to document and disseminate their learning and advocate for improved policy and practice.   It is increasingly focusing on capacity building of citizens and local governments.

In recent years REGLAP has focused on two main areas:

  1. Learning support and documentation on dryland issues: via regional learning groups, an annual journal, technical briefs, good practice principles and strategic studies. Study areas included: land fragmentation, gender, integrated planning, the challenges of crop agriculture and improved data collection on pastoralists.  A number of synthesis documents provided key reference materials for dryland resilience.
  2. Advocacy on priority issues relating to dryland resilience nationally and regionally: via policy briefs, direct lobbying/influencing, media training, workshops, capacity building of CSOs, and support to national and regional governmental organisations.

DLCI which started in 2014 is currently focusing on the following key activities:

  1. Review of good practice approaches for the development of joint advocacy strategies on critical resilience issues, for example:
  • Education: integrated and more effective education provision for the drylands (including the use of new technologies and innovations).
  • Water and irrigation development: strengthening the evidence base for more appropriate water and irrigation development in the drylands.
  • Land use planning: the protection of key strategic grazing, mobility and marketing routes and community decision making and compensation on land acquisitions.
  1. Support to improved engagement of communities with policy processes at national and regional levels.
  2. Support the structures that promote drylands voice and knowledge management for improved policy and practice e.g. the ASAL Stakeholder Forum, the Pastoral Leadership Forum, the Government of Kenya’s Ending Drought Emergencies initiative in Kenya and IGAD.

Our structure

DLCI is run by a Management Board of Directors who have over 10 years’ experience on drylands issues in the region. The Board is largely made up of people from the drylands from civil society, academia, and government.  DLCI has a small staff based in Nairobi largely from the drylands and runs an intern scheme for graduates interested in its work on communications and administration.  For more information please contact info@dlci-hoa.org.

External complaints

DLCI believes that having a well-managed mechanism for handling external complaints can improve the quality of its work, enhance the trust and confidence of stakeholders, identify areas of work that need to be improved, and ensure that DLCI learns from the feedback provided through this process.

If you have any general complaints about any aspect of DLCI and its work, please email us at: complaints.dlci@gmail.com. If  you have a complaint concerning the Chief Executive Officer, please send an email to the Chair of the Board of Management at: chair.dlci@gmail.com .

Postal complaints can also be sent to the Chief Executive Officer or Chair of the Board at DLCI’s official address: P.O BOX 76471-00508, Nairobi.