Coordination, in the context of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) in Kenya, refers to the harmonization of drought risk management efforts among different stakeholders, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, development partners, and communities.
The NDMA serves as a central coordinating body for drought risk management in Kenya, and its role is to ensure that different stakeholders work together in a coordinated and coherent manner to prevent and manage drought risks.
Coordination involves establishing partnerships, developing common strategies, and sharing information and resources among stakeholders. The NDMA coordinates the development of drought contingency plans, which bring together different stakeholders to agree on the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in responding to drought risks.
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Coordination also involves providing technical guidance and support to stakeholders to ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources to carry out their roles effectively.
By promoting coordination among different stakeholders, the NDMA ensures that drought risk management efforts are well-planned, well-coordinated, and effectively implemented, which ultimately helps to reduce the impact of drought on vulnerable populations in Kenya.
Drought management is not a single-sector issue. It is a cross-cutting issue that requires collaborative action by a range of public and private sector agencies at different levels (national, county, and community). The Authority is responsible for the establishment, institutionalization and coordination of structures for drought management by;
Coordinating action across sectors and across agencies at all stages of the drought cycle at both national and county levels
The NDMA coordinates the development and implementation of drought contingency plans at both national and county levels, which involve different stakeholders from various sectors and agencies, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, development partners, and communities.
The NDMA facilitates multi-stakeholder coordination forums, such as the National Drought Management Authority Technical Committee and the County Drought Management Committees, which bring together stakeholders to agree on common strategies, share information and resources, and coordinate their activities.
The NDMA also provides technical guidance and support to stakeholders to ensure that they understand their roles and responsibilities in responding to drought risks.
By promoting coordination across sectors and agencies, the NDMA ensures that drought risk management efforts are well-planned, well-coordinated, and effectively implemented, which ultimately helps to reduce the impact of drought on vulnerable populations in Kenya.
Reviewing existing coordination structures to ensure their relevance in Kenya's governance structures
The NDMA regularly reviews existing coordination structures, such as the County Drought Management Committees and the National Drought Management Authority Technical Committee, to ensure that they are aligned with national policies, strategies, and governance structures.
The NDMA works closely with other government agencies to ensure that coordination efforts are integrated with other development initiatives and programs.
By reviewing and updating coordination structures, the NDMA ensures that they remain relevant and effective in Kenya’s governance structures, which ultimately helps to reduce the impact of drought on vulnerable populations in Kenya.
Promoting networking and learning between stakeholders
The NDMA promotes networking and learning by creating opportunities for stakeholders to engage in information-sharing and capacity-building activities. The NDMA facilitates multi-stakeholder forums, workshops, and training sessions where stakeholders can share their experiences and best practices, discuss common challenges and opportunities, and learn from each other.
The NDMA also collaborates with development partners to provide technical support and resources for capacity building activities.
By promoting networking and learning, the NDMA helps to foster a culture of collaboration and partnership among stakeholders, which ultimately enhances the effectiveness of drought risk management efforts in Kenya.
Implementing the EDE Common Programme Framework that will ensure stronger alignment and coordination of investment and activity between the National Government, the County Governments and Development Partners
The EWEA CPF is designed to enhance the effectiveness of early warning early action systems and to ensure a more timely and coordinated response to drought emergencies. The framework emphasizes the need for closer collaboration and information-sharing between stakeholders, as well as the importance of multi-sectoral and multi-level coordination.
Through the implementation of the EWEA CPF, the NDMA aims to strengthen the alignment and coordination of drought risk management efforts, improve resource mobilization and allocation, and enhance the overall effectiveness of drought management in Kenya.