Drought cuts across sectors and requires support from both national and international partners. The following projects, financed by the Government and international partners, are helping NDMA to realise its mandate:

1. European Union-supported programmes 

Since 2007, the European Union (EU) has been working with the NDMA to manage drought risk focusing on three broad areas namely i) Policy and institutional building ii) Drought management and food security information, and iii) Strengthening drought coordination structures. Under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), the EU is financing two programmes implemented under the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA):

  • Ending Drought Emergencies: Drought Risk Management and Coordination (DRMC- Support to Pillar 5 and Pillar 6)
  • Support to Drought Risk Management (SDRM)

2. Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) 

This project is financed by DFID to reduce extreme hunger and vulnerability of the poorest households through the regular payment of an unconditional cash transfer. It ensures effective, financially secure and well-targeted use of safety net and cash transfer programmes to support some of the most vulnerable and poor in Kenya. It is currently in four counties namely Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera;

3. Climate Adaptation (ADA Consorteum)

The Adaptation consortium is a four-year Department for International Development (DFID) funded initiative that is central to the National Drought Management Authority strategy. The consortium funded under Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya plus (StARCK+) aims at preparing county government access global climate finance fund in support of adaptation and climate resilient development and to mainstream mechanisms that allow communities to prioritise investments in public goods that build their resilience to climate change.


4. United Nations Development Programme 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works towards strengthening the resilience of communities affected by climate change risks and disasters through a number of projects implemented by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA). The projects aim at promoting national institutional and policy frameworks and infrastructure for disaster risk mitigation while working with vulnerable communities to reduce the impacts and risks of natural and man-made disasters in Kenya by supporting recovery, stabilization of livelihoods and protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups. .

The following UNDP projects are implemented under the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA):