DCA has been supporting refugees and local communities in Kakuma and Turkana with humanitarian assistance and long-term development aid since the early 1990s. The country programme is aligned to the SDGs and founded on a rights-based approach in the humanitarian-development-nexus covering immediate needs assistance, resilience, self-reliance and socio-economic integration between refugees and host communities. The programme supports a variety of sectors including livelihoods, climate resilience, entrepreneurship and life skills development, value chain and market development, peace building and protection. The programme has a strong focus on youth empowerment and gender equality, and includes activities in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement, and local communities in Turkana and West Pokot Counties
Innovation in Livelihoods. We aim at mainstreaming innovation into everything we do and use multiple strategies to enhance innovation in our work. In Kakuma, DCA has functioned as an innovation lab, researching and testing various innovative sustainable livelihoods solutions. Among these are; Multi Storey Gardens – a kitchen garden bag designed to produce more crops with less water and taking up less space, Cricket Farming – an innovative solution to securing higher nutritional diet with less impact to the climate; Blended Learning – digitisation of business skills and entrepreneurship training and mentorship for refugee youth.
Innovation in Accountability. DCA is Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) certified and has accountability at the core of all its actions. To support our efforts of placing people in the centre, DCA rolled out the Listen Learn Act (LLA) in September 2017 for DCA and partners’ activities in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. LLA is a tool which, through digital data collection and feedback meetings with affected populations, helps us to better capture perceptions and feedback, and systematically consider it in our activities.
Implementation. DCA implements directly and in partnerships with national and international civil society organizations in Turkana and West Pokot Counties, including St. Peter’s Community Network (SAPCONE), Anglican Development Services North Rift (ADS), National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK) and Lutheran World Federation Kenya (LWF). Further, DCA works closely with county government authorities, UN agencies, research institutions and other INGOs.
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