Building resilience in the humanitarian-development nexus: The Community Flood Resilience Project, Kakuma, Kenya

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) aims to build resilience, globally, by working with multiple stakeholders to trigger rapid transformation in resilience investment, knowledge, policy and innovation. At ground level, the GRP has delivered two challenge rounds, supporting 21 consortia to deliver resilience projects in vulnerable contexts across Africa and Asia.

The Water Window challenge round, funded by Z Zurich Foundation, supports
innovative solutions to flood-related issues such as the Community Flood Resilience Project (COFREP), delivered by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the Norwegian
Refugee Council (NRC) and Lotus Kenya Action for Development Organization (LOKADO). COFREP sought to reduce risks from flash floods in Kakuma, Kenya, while simultaneously harnessing opportunities of the flood waters to support vulnerable communities to thrive (DRC, 2017a). Delivered in a climate and conflict sensitive context, COFREP offers lessons on resilience programming at the frontier of the humanitarian and development nexus.

This case study is for a broad audience of practitioners and decision-makers working
in the resilience area. It explores how the layering of interventions works, in this context, to support vulnerable populations. While the outcomes of the project are not explored, this case study looks at the resilience approach taken in COFREP and its significance within the context of implementation. It is based on data collected during a week-long field visit in Kakuma, involving formal interviews and group discussions with consortium partners, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders involved in the project, as well as a series of site visits.