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Cordaid NL


Some annual results

  • 40,000households more resilient to disasters
  • 150County Government Officials trained in Integrated Risk Management
  • 10communities with risk assessment plans, community and contingency plans

Global Peace Index

123/ 163

GPI Rank

Political Instability

Safety & Security

Ongoing Conflict

Source: Global Peace Index (2016)


Kenya flag Nairobi, Kenya

PMU Nairobi
New Rehema House 5th floor
Rhapta Road
Westlands Nairobi, Kenya

Email: [email protected]

Lobby and advocacy officer

Zeituna Roba Tullu

Cordaid in Kenya

Cordaid has a long history in Kenya, establishing a country office in Nairobi in 1991. That office is now replaced by a smaller project office. All our programs in Kenya fall within the scope of Resilience. They include disaster risk reduction and response, governance, economic empowerment, as well as lobby and advocacy. We work closely together with local communities, local civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector and the National and County Governments.

Read more about Cordaid in Kenya

Where does Cordaid work?

We focus our efforts on four counties: Isiolo, Samburu, Laikipia and Kisumu. In Isiolo, Samburu and Laikipia Counties, we strengthen community participation in governance processes and policies dealing with disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation and natural resource management. Activities include livelihood diversification, reforestation, sustainable land management training, strengthening community structures, promoting integrated risk management and sustainable farming methods. In Isiolo and Kisumu counties, we support county-level authorities and non-state actors in the Kenya-wide process of transferring power and resources from the central government to lower government levels.

48,5 Million


Rural population

Urban population

5.8% annual

GDP growth

22.6 per 1,000

Mortality rate, neonatal


Current situation

Hazards such as droughts, flooding, disease epidemics, and conflicts affect thousands each year in Kenya. People in arid and semi-arid areas have become marginalized and vulnerable to drought and floods. This undermines their productive assets and makes them increasingly more dependent upon external humanitarian aid. Drought is a major external shock and a primary trigger of livelihood crises.

Cyclical droughts are a defining feature of pastoralists’ and farmers’ way of life. However, in recent decades, their adaptive capacity to resist or recover from drought-related shocks has been progressively undermined. Furthermore, the chronic vulnerability that characterizes many pastoral groups today is not merely related to environmental stresses, but is the result of complex and multidimensional political, economic and social processes.

The worsening situation in rural areas drives many people into cities, where they often end up in urban slums with inadequate health care and sanitary facilities, and little to no education and employment opportunities. Conflicts over limited ecological resources and cattle raiding occur, and are more pronounced during times of drought. Elections and political tensions are also major triggers of violent incidences.

Cordaid in Kenya

All of Cordaid’s activities in Kenya are resilience-related. They can be classified as follows:

Disaster Risk Reduction

Cordaid increases community resilience to disasters by strengthening people’s capacities to anticipate, adapt, respond and transform. The basis of Cordaid Kenya’s approach is Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR). Together with communities we assess disaster risks and increase capacities of local people and their organizations to reduce those risks.

Governance & Participation

Cordaid enhances community participation in planning and budgeting. This makes resource utilization more effective and efficient. We support non-state actors and local authorities in transparent and participatory decision-making at county level. We also develop mechanisms and tools for effective monitoring and review of county budgets and development strategies.

Economic Empowerment

We promote alternative livelihood options among pastoralist communities, allowing them to adapt their income strategies and create linkages with the available markets.

Lobby & Advocacy

Cordaid strengthens civil society organizations’ policy dialogue capacities. And we help create an enabling policy and financial environment for Integrated Risk Management.

Inspired by values of compassion and solidarity, Cordaid promotes Integrated Risk Management approaches and transparent, participatory governance practices to strengthen the capacities of Kenyan communities, local governments and CSOs to become more resilient, more inclusive and more sustainable.

A technician installs a solar powered sensor at the location of a major borehole in Lodwar, the seat of Turkana County (© Nancy McNally/Catholic Relief Services)

Partners and donors

Cordaid’s local partners in Kenya include the Merti Integrated Development Programme (MID-P), the Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMERIDE), Indigenous Movement for Peace and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) and CSO-network. Cordaid Kenya is the lead partner for the Partners for Resilience (PfR) alliance, a Dutch-based alliance consisting of the Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Wetlands International. Recent donors include the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union.

Kenya team

Zeituna Roba Tullu

Lobby and advocacy officer

Merciline L. A. Oyier

Program officer