The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) is organizing a conference themed ‘‘Building Resilience to Mitigate the Impact of Drought and Floods” that will bring together stakeholders and partners involved in management of droughts and floods to explore policy options and areas of institutional strengthening in ending the emergencies of such events.
Various initiatives have been implemented, but emergencies of drought and floods persist and with their wide-ranging impacts on social welfare, such events can constrain meeting the objectives of long term development agenda including the “Big Four” priority agenda for Kenya. As such, focusing on enhancing resilience of households and firms and strengthening coordination of preventive and response activities remains a top policy priority.
The conference is planned for 5th-7th June 2018 hosted by KIPPRA in collaboration with other key stakeholders such as the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). It is envisaged that His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta and key speakers from East Africa Community, Secretary General (Amb. Libérat Mfumukeko) Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Executive Secretary, Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim will grace the conference.
The conference will also bring together delegates comprising officials from national and county governments, representatives of national authorities in the East Africa and other regional blocs, regional think tanks, agencies in charge of disaster management and managing programs to mitigate against droughts and floods as well as development partners, civil society representatives.