The Urban Early Warning, Early Action project works towards improving urban early action through early warning by improving the alignment of local and municipal governance institutions and response agencies. The project focuses on alignment of the analysis of early warning data and information and the implementation of early response based on this information, with the financial support from key donors towards this.The ultimate change envisaged by this programme is a reduction in the impact of crises on the urban poor. This includes a decrease in the number of people resorting to negative coping mechanisms. One of the fundamental hypothesis underpinning this project is that investment in early warning and early action in urban settings will create a significant cost saving to the state as has been proven to be the case in the rural context. The implementation of this project comes at an interesting time for Kenya, since the country is at a critical juncture as the newly devolved County Governments take root. The level of access to Government structures has significantly increased as well as the accountability of these structures to the people they serve and therefore the timing of this intervention is very opportune.
1 Establishing operationalised and embedded urban Early Warning Early Action systems in Nairobi, coordinated by the relevant Government departments.
2 A progressive engagement and buy-in from both national governments and key International humanitarian donors on the coordinated urban early warning, early action mechanism which will be set up within the Nairobi county Government.
3 Reduction of the impact of crises on the urban poor.