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Frontline National Workshop, Kenya

2 male and 2 female African people behind a long table, 1 of them talking with a microphone in the hand. Participants in the Frontline National Consultation Report presentation Photo: AFOSC

29th February 2016 | Workshop 

A 1-day national workshop in Nairobi to present the results of the implementation of Frontline in Kenya.  Hosted by AFOSC, its primary aims were to share the key research findings from the Frontline programme about the 6 participating communities in Kenya and to seek feedback, cooperation, commitment and partnering opportunities between the participant stakeholders.

Details

  • Participants: 50 people representing different stakeholders, including the partner organisations that implemented the survey in six communities in Kenya.
  • Place: Meridian Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya | 29 February 2016.
  • Organisers: AFOSC.

Description

Programme of the event

The report launch started with a brief introduction of the Frontline Project, its objectives and the survey implementation process by AFOSC Executive Director, Mohamed M. Sheikh. This introduction was followed by a presentation of the survey findings. The facilitator then lead the Question and Answer sessions, when the participants explored the report, and raised questions / ideas for considerations in the future.

Outcome of the Launch
  • A mix of stakeholders, that included representatives from the communities, local authorities, local non-governmental organisations, religious leaders, teachers, researchers and academics interested in disaster-risk reduction who attended the launch gained from the learning/data collected from the Frontline Survey. A copy of the Frontline Survey report was given to each participant.
  • The participants, who brought own experiences, to further probe the findings and suggest recommendations for further follow-up, made a collective review of the report.
  • All stakeholders, especially the community representatives, applauded the research work and appreciated that it reflected their own situation. They welcomed the report and requested that further support be provided to help them address the multiple disasters they face everyday.
Key Questions and recommendations made
  • Given the findings of the surveys that clearly showed the vulnerability of the local communities (multiple and frequent disaster events), the community representatives sought answers on how best they can help themselves. The participants recognised that the first help has to come from the communities and they need support to identify ways in which local capacity can be tapped.
  • Some of the participants enquired how the organisations such as AFOSC/GNDR and other partner organisations respond following the survey findings. They did want to see that further action is taken and that this report finding should not be left un-utilised. They cautioned against such common trends where reports are launched and not much is done after that.
  • A strong interest to have this report is shared at the county levels to the government representatives and the local communities. Some of the participants stated that they will share the report with their local Member of Parliament / County Executives as the report does add value to the dialogue the communities will have with their elected officials.
  • It was recommended that a robust community mobilisation be conducted at the community level to ensure that the knowledge gained from this survey report improves community understanding of local disaster risks and efforts are made to harness local capacity through capacity building and resource mobilisations. Communities don’t identify with externally imposed solutions and would sustainably support local interventions that they strongly identify with.
  • Suggestion was made to expand the coverage of the survey to all the 47 counties of Kenya. Some of the participants particularly mentioned that counties in the former Eastern Province is prioritised in future surveys as they also suffer from similar disaster events.

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