Conflict in Isiolo County has existed over time, taking different shapes and faces hence getting complex each time it escalates. The conflict is centered on use, access and management of natural resources. Many divergent opinions amongst communities on the access to, control and usage of land for pasture, have thus exacerbated clan politics as well as influencing different decisions affecting resource and livelihood opportunities.

    The project aims to enhance drought resilience of pastoral communities in Isiolo County, by securing and diversifying their livelihood.

This will ensure that:

  • Pastoral communities dispose of instruments to reduce their vulnerability to drought and to transform conflicts over Natural Resources Management (NRM)
  • Secured and improved revenue for livestock producers through animal disease control and value chain enhancement
  • Improved resilience of pastoral communities through livelihood diversification focusing on Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) value chain development

In addition to addressing resource based conflicts, the project also considers to address the ones arising from the devolution and flagship of Vision 2030. The merging of Sub-Counties and electoral boundaries under the county arrangement has generated new conflict avenues whereby local populations feel their control over territories and their resources are under threat. Although conflict prevention, management, resolution and transformation are the main crosscutting themes, the need build institutional interventions through effective governance is of key importance in this action.

The Lay Volunteer International Association LVIA, Resource Conflict Institute (RECONCILE) and the Merti Integrated Development Programme (MID-P) have partnered in this project.