National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) in Kenya, knowledge management involves the development, organization, and dissemination of knowledge and information on drought risk management to support decision-making and enhance the capacity of stakeholders to manage drought risks.
Knowledge management refers to the process of creating, sharing, using, and managing knowledge and information within an organization or community to enhance performance and achieve objectives.
The NDMA collects and analyzes data and information on various aspects of drought risk management, including early warning systems, contingency planning, and response mechanisms, and disseminates this knowledge through various channels, such as workshops, training programs, publications, and online platforms.
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The NDMA also facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information among stakeholders to promote learning and innovation. By promoting knowledge management, the NDMA enhances the capacity of stakeholders to effectively manage drought risks, and contributes to building resilience and reducing the impact of drought on vulnerable populations in Kenya.
The effectiveness in drought management and climate change adaptation activities depends on its use of accurate and timely information, and analysis of those data to inform action.
Supports or carries out research on topics relevant to dryland livelihoods
The NDMA collaborates with various research institutions, universities, and other stakeholders to conduct research on various aspects of drought risk management, including the impacts of climate change on drought frequency and severity, livelihood strategies in dryland areas, and the effectiveness of drought risk management interventions.
The research findings are used to inform policy and practice, and to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to effectively manage drought risks. The NDMA also supports the development of databases and information systems to capture and analyze data and information on drought risk management, and to provide timely and accurate information to stakeholders.
By supporting or carrying out research on topics relevant to dryland livelihoods, the NDMA contributes to building resilience and reducing the impact of drought on vulnerable populations in Kenya.
Leads and/or contributes to policy formulation on issues relevant to the NDMA's mandate
The NDMA also engages with other stakeholders, such as non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and development partners, to inform policy development and implementation. The NDMA conducts research, gathers evidence, and analyses data on various aspects of drought risk management to inform policy formulation.
The NDMA also advocates for policies and programs that support the effective management of drought risks and promotes the inclusion of vulnerable populations in policy development processes.
By leading and contributing to policy formulation on issues relevant to its mandate, the NDMA ensures that drought risk management is a priority area for the government and other stakeholders, and that policies and programs are evidence-based, inclusive, and effective in reducing the impact of drought on vulnerable populations in Kenya.
Develops systems that promote learning and accountability with stakeholders, particularly drought-affected communities
The NDMA promotes community-based approaches to drought risk management, which involves engaging communities in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of drought risk management interventions. The NDMA also develops information systems that enable communities to access timely and accurate information on drought risks, response options, and available support.
The NDMA conducts training and capacity building programs for stakeholders, including communities, to enhance their understanding of drought risk management and build their skills to participate effectively in drought risk management processes.
The NDMA also promotes the use of feedback mechanisms to capture community perspectives on drought risk management interventions and promote accountability.
By developing systems that promote learning and accountability with stakeholders, particularly drought-affected communities, the NDMA enhances community participation in drought risk management processes, improves the effectiveness of interventions, and ensures that the needs and perspectives of vulnerable populations are reflected in drought risk management interventions.
Carries out public education and awareness campaigns
The NDMA uses various communication channels, such as radio, television, social media, and community meetings, to disseminate information on drought risks, response options, and available support.
The NDMA also partners with other stakeholders, such as non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and development partners, to reach a wider audience and promote a coordinated approach to public education and awareness campaigns.
The NDMA conducts outreach activities, such as school programs, community events, and mobile clinics, to reach vulnerable populations and ensure that they have access to information on drought risk management. The NDMA also collaborates with the media to promote informed reporting on drought risks and response options.
By carrying out public education and awareness campaigns, the NDMA promotes a culture of drought risk management in Kenya, enhances public understanding of drought risks, and mobilizes public support for drought risk management interventions.