Kenya: it’s not the job of government alone to tackle the effects of floods and drought

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EastAfrican, the - Nation Media Group Limited

By Rose Ngugi 

Kenya, like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa has experienced severe drought and flood episodes over the past two decades.

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The management of emergencies arising from droughts and floods can characteristically be organised into five stages: Prevention; protection; preparedness; response and recovery. The response to these emergencies will typically require effective co-ordination among several institutional and non-institutional actors.

While the state has the overall responsibility of reducing disaster risk, managing risks is a shared responsibility between government and relevant stakeholders.

Non-state actors play a key role as enablers in providing support to states, in accordance with national policies, laws and regulations, in the implementation of the risk reduction framework at local, national and regional levels.

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