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Funding adaptation in Kenya’s drylands

Models to disburse climate adaptation funds to natural resource-dependent communities in dryland areas need to ensure that investments achieve sustainable benefits for communities. This briefing examines one nationally managed and one locally managed climate fund in Isiolo County, Kenya, and assesses them against five criteria: beneficiary engagement, funding to scale, speed of fund disbursement, project monitoring and sustainability. The investigation found that the nationally managed fund could offer advantages in terms of scale of funding and technical expertise, whilst the locally managed fund was more effective at community engagement and project monitoring. The sustainability of project outcomes supported by both funds was found to be weak; policymakers and development agencies should therefore prioritise building sustainability into every stage of the adaptation project cycle.

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Local governments in the drylands of Kenya, Mali, Senegal and Tanzania are establishing local-level climate adaptation funds with technical support from IIED and other partners, thereby building their readiness to access and disburse national and global climate finance in support of community prioritised investments that build climate resilience.

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