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FOCUS AREAS & IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS

Peace Building And Governance

Conflict is one of the most pressing issues affecting populations throughout northern Kenya and along its international borderlines with Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. It is primarily resource-based, stemming from environmental degradation and depletion of water and land resources, and decreases in livelihoods and food security for local populations. Conflict in Turkana County itself is particularly challenging because the County borders over seven (7) ethnic groups from other parts of Kenya, as well as from the border countries of Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Since its inception, APaD has been and continues to be one of the most vibrant, trusted and active local organizations in peacebuilding in Turkana County especially in regards to cross-border intervention with the Pokot (of Kenya and Uganda), Karamojong (of Uganda) and Toposa (of South Sudan). Between 2008 and 2014, the organization successfully implemented the USAID funded PEACE I (2008-2009), PEACE II (2012-2014) and PEACE III (2015-19) program.

Project Name: Strengthening Mechanisms for Cross Border Peace Building and Community Resilience across Karamoja Corridor.

This is an ongoing project that is funded by GIZ/AUBP for a period of 6 Months with a focus of engaging cross border communities through constructive conflict resolutions mechanisms geared towards ensuring peaceful coexistence.

 

Key achievements

  • Facilitated cross border chief’s forum meeting Along Loima-Moroto and North Pokot peace corridors.
  • Facilitate two-day participatory action-planning meetings between leaders, government officials and other peace partners. The meeting was attended by 25 participants drawn from National and County Governments CSO, kraal elders, youth women as well as leaders in Uganda Districts.
  • Supported dialogue meetings between the Pokot and Turkana of Loima in addressing emerging conflicts in November 2022.

 

Project Name: Enabling peace though civil society strengthening in Turkana with the overall objective of supporting civil society actors in Turkana County, Kenya to prevent and resolve land-related conflicts through community-centred and sustainable approaches.

This 2-year ongoing project (2021-2022) project is funded by European Union (EU) and is implemented by a consortium that includes TUPADO and Turkana Natural Resources Governance Hub ‘The Hub’ with Danish Refugee Council taking lead. Target areas include   Turkana East, Central and South Sub Counties.

 

Key Achievements:

  • Participated in a Participatory Action Research that informed the capacity building of CSOs and other stakeholders in the target area in Turkana South, East and Central.
  • Conducted training to target communities and groups on rights, roles and responsibilities in land governance and conflict-sensitive best practices for civil servants and CSOs
  • Facilitated a training on conflict prevention and management training for civil servants and CSOs in the three sub counties.
  • Conducted multi-stakeholder dialogue meetings on land governance and mediation in the three target sub counties

Project Name: CRM Facility on NRM-Promoting Good Governance in the sustainable utilization of Natural Resources in Turkana County.

This project was funded by the ACT! Embassy of Sweden and UK-AID for a period of 22 Months (2012-2013)

Project Name: Active Citizenship Grant.

This project was funded by the SID (Society for International Development) for a period of 9 Months (2014-2015)

Key Achievements:

  • Empowered communities that recognized and advocated for their rights in regards to land and natural resources within Turkana County.
  • Enhanced representation and participation of historically marginalised groups and communities in political and governance processes.
  • Increased citizen and CSOs participation, engagement and oversight in governance at the county level.
  • Increased participation and representation of women, youth and PWDs in political and governance processes.
  • The community target communities in Turkana Central and Loima more sensitized on sustainable management and utilization of natural resources.
  • Improved capacities of beneficiaries to diversify their livelihoods through engagement in income generating activities – fishing, small business enterprises, livestock production and agriculture.
  • The fisher folk communities sensitized and understand the mandate of the Ministry of Fisheries in the management of natural resources, especially beach management and fishing practices. There is better understanding between the Fisheries Department and the Beach Management Units.
  • Six (6) Disaster Risk Reduction Plans prepared and handed over to the county government for integration into the County Integrated Development Plan

 

Project Name: Institutional Strengthening of CSOs in Turkana

This project was funded by Global South for a period of 3 months in the year 2016.

Key Achievements:

  • Enhanced staff and board capacity on the Human Rights Based Approach to programming
  • Enhanced staff capacity on advocacy tools and strategies
  • Improved organizational capacity and governance structures

 

Project Name: PEACE III, Youth Leadership in Community Cohesion and Advocacy for Peace.

 (Loima-Moroto and Loki-Kapoeta corridors)

This project was funded by PACT and Mercy Corps (USAID) for a period of 5 years (2015-2019)

Key Achievements:

  • Strengthened cross-border security through local community security initiatives and intergovernmental meetings in Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong districts (Uganda)and Loima sub county (Kenya)
  • Enhanced early warning information sharing among non-State peace actors, government security personnel and PEACE III established structures such as Women forum, chief’s forum, peace committee/cross border natural resource management committee, Kraal youth and youth councils.
  • Increased community driven initiatives towards sharing of resources and ownership of resource sharing agreements.
  • Improved administrative systems and processes for cross-border conflict mitigation and management.
  • Improved community access to economic opportunities and diversified livelihood options.

Enhanced organizational capacity through OCA, trainings and review of organizational policies and financial audit of the organization

Sustainable Livelihoods Development and Animal Welfare

Turkana County has four main livelihood zones; pastoral-all species (60%), agro pastoral (20%), the riverine of Turkwel and Kerio, fishing (12%) and formal employment/casual waged labor/business (8%).

In recent decades, however, as prolonged drought and climate change have impacted environmental resources, pastoralism alone has not been enough to sustain families’ needs. Households have to turn to diversified income sources for economic growth and food security.

 

Project Name: GIZ-DRPII-Kenya Project -Flood Based Livelihoods Systems (FBLS) to enhance food and production and diversify agro pastoralists’ livelihoods of Kakong’u communities in Turkana South Sub County.

This project was funded by GIZ for a period of 10 Months (September 2019-June 2020)

Key Achievements:

  • Implementation of the first Flood Based (Spate) Irrigation farm in Kakongu, Lobokat Ward in Turkana South
  • Transforming reformed warriors from Kakong’u which has been a conflict zone to engage in agriculture and other livelihood opportunities
  • Realization of food security through construction of water structures to irrigate 100 acres of land that supports 100 HH

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs

Peace Building And Governance

Conflict is one of the most pressing issues affecting populations throughout northern Kenya and along its international borderlines with Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. It is primarily resource-based, stemming from environmental degradation and depletion of water and land resources, and decreases in livelihoods and food security for local populations. Conflict in Turkana County itself is particularly challenging because the County borders over seven (7) ethnic groups from other parts of Kenya, as well as from the border countries of Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Since its inception, APaD has been and continues to be one of the most vibrant, trusted and active local organizations in peacebuilding in Turkana County especially in regards to cross-border intervention with the Pokot (of Kenya and Uganda), Karamojong (of Uganda) and Toposa (of South Sudan). Between 2008 and 2014, the organization successfully implemented the USAID funded PEACE I (2008-2009), PEACE II (2012-2014) and PEACE III (2015-19) program.

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) & CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION (CCA)

When disasters strike, both animals and humans are affected. This is a priority focus area for APaD as it helps design a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. It aims to reduce socio-economic vulnerabilities to a disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them. Turkana County being a Climate Change hot spot, this area of focus aims to reduce and mitigate the risk of displacement and increase the resilience of communities in the Karamoja cluster to cope with disasters.

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs

RESEARCH, ADVOCACY AND POLICY INFLUENCE

APaD has  facilitated in various research initiatives that informed policy within Turkana County

  • Facilitated communities in development of six (6) Disaster Risk Reduction Plans prepared and handed over to the county government for integration into the County Integrated Development Plan
  • In collaboration with KEFRI, GIZ and CARITAS, took lead in a socio-economic household baseline survey in Seven (7) selected sites with technical officers from the County Government in Turkana West and Loima
  • Facilitated research on the illegal slaughter and smuggling of donkeys within Turkana Count and the cross-border regions of Karamoja under the Brooke EA funded project.
  • Lobbied for inclusion of animal welfare in the Turkana Livestock Policy under the Brooke EA funded donkey welfare and resilience project.

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs

HUMANITARIAN ACTION AND OTHER EMERGENCIES

Amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges faced by vulnerable communities in Kenya, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), in partnership with APAD, has taken proactive measures to address these issues. Their focus is particularly sharp on emergencies induced by drought. Bolstering these efforts is the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), which provides support to enhance the DRC and APAD’s capacity to effectively address newly identified requirements in regions grappling with the aftermath of drought.

The recent drought in Kenya has left a trail of devastation, significantly impacting livelihoods nationwide. Among the hardest hit are pastoralist communities in arid areas, which depend on livestock for their livelihood. The repercussions have been profound, with extensive livestock losses leading to reduced milk production. This chain reaction has eroded the very economic foundation of these communities. Consequently, this has prompted an urgent call for emergency livelihood support through livestock restocking to address the pressing needs of the affected individuals and families.

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs

WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH)

Everyone has a right to clean, safe and adequate water to drink or for other domestic purposes. Turkana County, like most of the Counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas of Kenya is a county endowed with extensive natural wealth and biodiversity. Yet, the County population still remains largely poor with limited access to and control of natural resources such as water. There has been a general decline in both the quantity and quality of water for productive and domestic use.

During drought, reduced water tables are common leading to low yielding boreholes and longer waiting times at the few water points available. Other changes include the drying of surface water sources, high siltation and long trekking distances. To reduce water scarcity, APaD & Lutheran World Relief facilitated the motorization of a borehole and the construction of community water points. This had led to a 40% reduction in the walking distances to watering point among the targeted beneficiaries in Turkana County.

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs

Women Empowerment And Gender Equity

For societies to thrive, women and girls must have access to education, healthcare, and technology. They must have control of resources, lands, and markets. They must also have equal rights and equal opportunities as breadwinners, peace-builders and leaders.Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment can unlock human potential on a transformational scale.

APaD’s vision recognizes that greater gender equality means better outcomes for everyone and that the goal of ending extreme poverty will only be achieved if women and girls are at the center of our efforts. Women and girls continue to face profound inequalities in Turkana County and are often particularly vulnerable to extreme poverty

Project Name: Enhancing donkey resilience and welfare among the Karamoja communities of Loima-Moroto corridor.

This project was funded by The Brooke East Africa for a period of 12 Months (2020-2021)

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline assessment of cross border donkey trade, hides, migratory routes, donkey populations and welfare issues in Moroto, Kaabong and Kotido districts
  • Facilitated training of 15 CDRs from Loima on donkey diseases and linkage to the Turkana county e-surveillance.
  • Trained 15 CAHWS on donkey management and donkey diseases in Kaabong and Moroto districts.
  • Facilitated a meeting of Fifteen (15) Administrators including chiefs, LCIII (equivalent of chiefs from Uganda), National and County government administrators at sub-county level develop actionable plans to address cross border theft and illegal slaughter of donkeys.
  • Sensitized 15 LSPs in Moroto on equine welfare management and diseases.
  • Facilitated national donkey day celebrations in Turkana
  • Constructed a livestock holding crush at Lomokori along the border
  • Installed a borehole at Keekoro-Akwaan (Lokirima-Lorengkippi Ward) and constructed livestock water troughs