The Ministry has established an ASAL Secretariat to lead and steer the process of harmonisation, alignment and coordination of development in Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands. The Secretariat will be the principal reference point for all stakeholders working in the ASALs. Some of the roles that have been earmarked for the ASAL Secretariat are:-
i. Provide policy and programmatic direction for the ASAL SWAP.
ii. Act as a ‘clearing house’ for all new project proposals and ensure they are aligned to the ASAL Vision 2030 MTIP.
iii. Service all coordination/transformation structures from the Cabinet subcommittee downwards.
iv. Streamline and manage relationships with all stakeholders.
v. Facilitate the establishment of key ASAL development institutions.
vi. Serve as a resource centre/knowledge base for the ASALs.