Photo: Mercy Corps
Photo: Mercy Corps

Kenya

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  • Photo: Joy Portella/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Work with communities to address the roots of conflict and empower them to champion peace, and support small farmers and vulnerable communities to increase their resilience in the face of a changing climate. Strengthen market systems and empower youth to access new economic opportunities, engage with the private sector, and lead a vibrant civil society, becoming the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The context

The underlying causes of Kenya’s 2007 post-election crisis remain. These include competition over land, deep poverty, widespread unemployment, youth alienation, and political tension. Millions of families are still recovering from the region’s worst drought in 60 years, which began in 2011.

Our work

  • Children & Youth: Supporting young people to become peaceful, productive members of their communities through civil society engagement, connecting them with employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, and helping them to build life skills.
  • Conflict & Governance: Strengthening local, district, and provincial structures to promote sustainable peace and reconciliation.
  • Disaster preparedness: Building resilience in the face of drought, flooding and other shocks and stresses in areas vulnerable to climate change by enhancing community capacity to adapt, recover and manage existing natural resources.
  • Agriculture & Food: Supporting sustainable livelihoods and empowering small holder farmers with access to information, technology and markets to help them improve their productivity and food security.

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