Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMP) is a community-based drought management project of the Government of Kenya (GoK) that utilises a credit facility from the World Bank.The first phase of the Project was initiated in 1996 after the World Bank-funded Emergency Drought Recovery Project (EDRP), which operated from 1992 to 1995, came to an end.
While the EDRP was a quick fix project to mitigate the effects of severe drought, ALRMP is a longer-term development-oriented project focusing on institutionalisation and mainstreaming of drought management activities in the Kenya Government system. The Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMP) has had a first phase which ended on June 30, 2003. The achievements of ALRMP 1 were considerable but it was not possible to move towards full institutionalisation of processes due to the nearly persistent drought emergency situation during the implementation period.
It is because of this, among other reasons, that a second phase of the ALRMP was proposed. ALRMP II was launched in September 2003, with initial coverage of 22 arid and semi-arid districts, and was to be implemented over six years (2003-2009).
It aims to address complex problems of vulnerability, enabling communities to move beyond survival and subsistence to sustainable development. It works in three ways:
Strengthening and institutionalizing natural resource and drought management, which will improve the management of natural capital, reduce the impact of natural shocks and diminish acute vulnerability by reinforcing preparedness and mitigation activities and by improving the effectiveness of response interventions.
Empowering communities so that they can successfully identify, implement and sustain their development priorities through community-driven development.
Fostering a conducive and enabling environment for development in the arid lands through policy support, advocacy and improvement in the delivery of essential services, complementing existing sector programmes.
A third phase of the ALRMP will be designed which will be consistent with the priorities developed in the Ministry's annex to Vision 2030.
For more information about the Arid Lands Resource Management Project, please visit Arid Lands Resource Management Project II .