The Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project

Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project, is a National government-led response initiative that aims to address the negative impacts of protracted presence of refugees on host communities as well as the country as a whole.

It is part of the second phase of Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project, a regional mechanism that seeks to address the regional spillover effects of conflict and forced displacement in the Horn of African countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda that also directly affect Kenya. Yet it is also an integral part of North and North Eastern Development Initiative (NEDI) that targets this expanse with a view to bringing it at par with the rest of the country.

A five-year programme, KDRDIP seeks to provide access to basic social services, expand economic opportunities and enhance environmental management for the benefit a total host refugee population of 1,041,436 and total refugee population of 439,461, according to official figures contained in a survey undertaken in December 2016.

The five sub-counties whose host communities will benefit directly are Lagdera (126,389), Fafi (129,904) and Daadab (208, 048) in Garissa county; Wajir South (167,605) in Wajir County; and Turkana West (409,490) Turkana county. The refugee population that will benefit indirectly are found in all the three project counties.

The project is being implemented through four distinct and interrelated components namely; Social and Economic Infrastructure and Services which will support improvement in access to basic services for the host communities; Environment and Natural Resource Management which will aim to decrease impacts on the environment which has resulted in degradation of the natural resource base due to deforestation, deterioration of grazing lands, pasture availability, among others; Livelihoods Program which will support interventions aimed at improving the productivity of traditional and non-traditional livelihoods and strengthening the resilience of communities; and Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Knowledge Sharing which will ensure effective project management and coordination.