For several years Christian Aid has worked through partners to build the resilience of pastoralist communities in Marsabit County in northern Kenya.
Along with other vulnerable communities across East Africa, these pastoralists have been facing the brunt of a severe drought since 2016. We commissioned this study to demonstrate whether, and in what way, investing in resilience helps communities to address risks and stresses during drought. We did this by comparing communities that had taken part in resilience programmes with those that had not.
The fieldwork was carried out over two weeks in May 2017. Our assessment relied heavily upon qualitative methods, while also using basic quantitative data from semi-structured interviews to verify the qualitative findings.
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