The MTP has six pillars. Each of these pillars is being operationalised through a common programming framework in order to harmonise the actions and resources of the Government of Kenya and its development partners.
PILLAR 1: PEACE AND SECURITY
The focus of the Peace and Security Pillar, or Pillar 1, is to provide a common strategy around which all stakeholders can renew their efforts to end the insecurity and violence which has plagued the arid and semi-arid lands for too long.
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PILLAR 2: CLIMATE-PROOFED INFRASTRUCTURE
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The focus of the Human Capital Pillar, or Pillar 3, is to develop a healthy, skilled, innovative, resourceful and motivated human capital which is a key foundation for sustainable and resilient livelihoods and economic growth. Human capital is understood to be the resources and capabilities that help people be economically and socially productive.
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PILLAR 4: SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS
The focus of the Sustainable Livelihoods Pillar, or Pillar 4, is to promote secure and sustainable livelihoods that help families prone to drought spread risk and prevent asset loss. Livestock is given particular emphasis in this pillar given its importance in drought-prone areas and the substantial losses normally experienced by the livestock sector during emergencies (estimated at 72% of damages and losses during the 2008-11 drought period).
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PILLAR 5: DROUGHT RISK MANAGEMENT
The focus of the Drought Risk Management Pillar, or Pillar 5, is to develop and strengthen the institutions, mechanisms, and capacities that build resilience to drought and climate change. Drought risk management cuts across the first four EDE pillars (peace and security, climate-proofed infrastructure, human capital and sustainable livelihoods) but also relies on them to build the foundations for drought-resilient livelihoods.
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PILLAR 6: INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
The focus of the Institutional Development and Knowledge Management Pillar, or Pillar 6, is to promote robust ASAL institutions to support EDE investment, policy and programming decisions, based on critical evidence generated by solid knowledge management systems. The pillar works closely with the EDE Secretariat and other pillar groups to achieve this.
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