Cognisant that effective drought risk management requires substantial financial resources to ensure early action, Kenya has developed a disaster risk financing strategy that is already being implemented. As part of this strategy, the Government established a multi-donor National Drought Emergency Fund to ensure availability of funds for drought preparedness, response and recovery.
- The multi-donor Fund allows for financing through annual appropriations by the National Assembly, which may include contributions from the private sector, donor support and global climate change and disaster risk financing facilities.
- The NDEF complements NDMA activities by linking drought early warning to early action through a dedicated standby resource pool for drought resilience/ preparedness and response interventions.
- Financing for drought response has previously been through appeals and re-allocation of funds already earmarked for other activities. This is counterproductive since it diverts resources from long-term development that would otherwise enhance resilience to drought.