East Africa Conference on Localisation and Contextualisation of Disaster Risk Reduction Management, 26-27 April 2017
The Humanitarian Leadership Academy in Kenya, working in collaboration with the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), is organising a two-day conference titled: “Localisation and contextualisation of the humanitarian agenda in East Africa – what we learn from evidence and practice”.
Taking place on 26th and 27th April 2017 in Naivasha, Kenya, the conference will bring together a cross-section of representatives from local and central governments, research and academia, local and international NGOs, as well as private sector. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and to learn first hand from practitioners on how Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) issues can be localised and contextualised in situations of devolution and decentralisation.
Over the years, humanitarian crises in East Africa have affected an increasing number of communities and led to significant loss of lives and decline in people’s livelihoods. This challenge can be addressed if communities and local government institutions were better-informed and motivated towards a culture of disaster prevention, preparedness and resilience. Collecting and disseminating relevant knowledge on natural disasters and humanitarian crises, in addition to integration of these in development planning, is therefore essential. Similarly, localisation and contextualisation aimed at increasing relevance and appropriateness are central to the learning agenda.
During the conference, we will hear about different locally-implemented humanitarian programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and other countries and showcase issues and opportunities for localisation. The conference will further seek to demonstrate that while locally-led DRR processes face challenges of capacity and resources, they also have the advantage of better access and closer links with affected communities. The conference will also try to show that a bottom-up approach to localisation is possible when local institutions are motivated and supported.
About the Humanitarian Leadership Academy – Kenya Academy Centre
The Humanitarian Leadership Academy in Kenya seeks to reach out to communities and organisations in the region, analysing needs and establishing ways to create strategic partnerships, through which all parties can collaborate, learn and become more sustainable with a view of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian sector. The goal is to support the development of national and regional capacity for resilience, preparedness, mitigation and recovery. The Humanitarian Leadership Academy in Kenya currently works in collaboration with other partners in implementing learning, knowledge sharing and innovations.
About the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA)
The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is a statutory body that was established under the NDMA Act 2016. Its creation is also underpinned by Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2012 on the National Policy for the Sustainable Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands (the ‘ASAL policy’), passed by Parliament on 6th December 2012. The mandate of the Authority is to ensure proper management of drought risks in Kenya in order to end drought emergencies, by exercising general supervision and control over all matters relating to drought management in the country, as directed by the NDMA Act 2016.