Building Resilient communities through collaboration and partnerships

Resilience is the ability of a system, communities, families or nation to anticipate, organize and adapt to expected or unexpected events that tend to disrupt their normal functioning. Resilience building and strengthening is a process that requires cooperation, coordination and collaboration in order for the set objectives to be achieved. Here at CMA we believe in partnerships as the strategy to achieve sustainable development as envisioned in Vision 2030 as well as Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) that is why we came together with 9 other organizations to launch the Kenya4Resilience Community of Practice (C0P) at Sarova  Pan Africa Hotel on the 28th of February 2019.

Rev Olive Branch from Economic project Transformation Facility (EPTF) listening carefully during the launch of the Kenya4Resilience Community of practice

The CoP of practice was born last year when Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were brought together to learn more about Resilience and how they could position themselves strategically and push for the achievement of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SF4DRR). The main objective of the CoP that is made of 10 CSOs based in Kenya is  to contribute to the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, business, communities and countries as indicated in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) expected outcome by 2030.

The CoP would be hosted at CMA and it will be lead by the  able leadership of ERIKS Development partners who would be assisted by PMU as the co-chair. Salvation Army was elected to be the organizing secretary of the community. Many development organizations have shown great interest in joining this Cop due to the immense benefits that it posses. Principal Officer at the Ministry of Interior and national Coordination department of National Disaster management Unit (NDMU), Mr. Amos Onchiri delivered the speech on behalf of his director Mr. Francis Wanjohi Mwangi.

Mr Mohammed Sheikh from Action on Sustainable Development during the Launch of the Kenya4Resilience Community of Practice

The community is open to  development organization that are willing and able to share their experiences, knowledge and skills for the purpose of building strong resilience communities. The Kenya4Resilience Community of Practice (CoP), will leverage both offline (workshops, science cafes, field visits) and online (webinars) to enhance the capacity of its members to integrate not only resilience concepts into their programming, but also adopt and adapt resilience way of thinking in their programmes including utilizing advocacy for the achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) in Kenya.