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Monitoring and Evaluation for Disaster Recovery

May 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Monitoring and Evaluation with Disaster recovery As disaster and emergency managers, we always have to plan for the unexpected. In this regard, it is always important to understand what a disaster is and what qualifies as a hazard in order to react accordingly.  A low magnitude earthquake in the East African region in 2019 was a natural hazard but it was not a disaster. The intensity of the earthquake was very low and did not have any impact on people or property. In contrast, the cyclone Udai in Zimbabwe and [...]

Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

May 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Climate change (CC) threatens progress on development particularly in developing countries because they have the least capacity to cope. Adaptation to climate change in these countries is therefore critical. These adjustments in response to the negative impacts of climate change are necessary as they are locally focused and inexpensive. Climate change presents additional obstacles to ending poverty and achieving social justice. Rising temperatures, increasingly erratic rainfall, and more frequent and severe floods, cyclones and droughts all have significant consequences for the livelihood security of poor people; and development professionals are [...]

Why Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation?

November 9th, 2018|0 Comments

World Health Organization data shows that 1.7 million deaths a year are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. 54.2 million disability-adjusted life years (DALY) are caused by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene – each DALY represents the loss of one year of equivalent full health. Interventions to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices have been shown to reduce sickness from diarrhea by between one-quarter and one-third. Communities can examine existing hygiene behaviors, practices, traditions and understand how transmission of disease takes place and how it can be prevented at [...]

Ecosystem Based Management

November 6th, 2018|0 Comments

The 21st Century has witnessed impacts of Climate Change in many sectors. Having healthy ecosystems play a significant role in providing services to adjust to climate change. Communities have always sought to protect themselves and their valued assets from natural pressures and reduce their vulnerabilities. Recently, increasing interest is being directed towards adaptation approaches that use ecosystem services to build socio-ecological resilience for extreme climatic events. According to the First Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Helsinki and OSPAR Commissions (JMM) in Bremen in June 2003, an ecosystem-based approach to management refers [...]

Green Jobs and Economic Growth

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The United Nations Environmental Protection and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, describe Green jobs as jobs that help to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce energy, materials and water consumption through high-efficiency strategies, decarbonize the economy and minimize or altogether avoid all forms of waste and pollution. Based on the above definitions, I can say that environmental protection is an important aspect of economic growth and development. Since sustainable utilization of resources forms a key component of environmental protection, Kenya as a signatory to many environmental treaties e.g. the Ramsar convention [...]

Preparing a Flood Disaster Preparedness Plan

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

For a long time, floods have been a thorn in the flesh of Kenyans. Rain is the main core of our existence yet it is also a weapon for mass destruction. It is not impossible to handle rainfall. We need plans, skills, and technology in order to tackle it. We also need institutional mechanisms like the Water Act, 2002 provides a catchment management strategy for the protection and control of water resources. If applied practically, this can reduce flood. Flood is one of the most common hazards in Kenya. It is [...]

Principles of Sustainable Development

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The Sustainable Development principles are a guide for action within a perspective of sustainable development. They are an original reflection of the principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, a fundamental text that affirms an international commitment to sustainable development. “Health and quality of life”: People, human health and improved quality of life are at the center of sustainable development concerns. People are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature; “Social equity and solidarity”: Development must be undertaken in a spirit of intra- and [...]

Why Do we Do Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects?

September 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Why do governments, NGOs, Foundations, CBOs, and other organizations roll out projects and programmes in different sectors? It is because they want to make an impact in the lives of the target audiences/ beneficiaries through thoroughly thought out series of actions whose end result is improved livelihoods and quality of life. How do they ensure they meet this objective? This is done through effective monitoring of these programmes so as to ensure that they are still on course and if they aren’t, take actions that take the projects back on track. [...]

A Brief on Social Protection

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

DFID defines social protection as 'a sub-set of public actions that help address risk, vulnerability and chronic poverty'. On a conceptual approach basis, social protection offers a way of thinking the requirements of groups and individuals to live a fulfilling life, the role of the state in facilitating this, and the vulnerabilities of particular groups or individuals. As a set of policies, social protection addresses interventions put in place to address vulnerabilities and factors which hinder a group or individual's capacity to enjoy a fulfilling life. In the eyes of [...]

Interesting Gender Inequality Facts

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

In 2015, only ½ of the world’s working-age women were in the labor force, compared to 77% working-age men. Women with full-time jobs still earn only about 77% of their male counterparts’ earnings. African-American women (in America) earn 64 cents and Latina women earn 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasianman. 62 million girls are denied an education all over the world. Every year, an estimate of 15 million girls less than 18 years are married off worldwide, with little or no say in the matter. 8 out of 10 victims [...]