Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has launched a Ksh 10 billion Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (KDRDIP) in Garissa County.
The five year project that is funded from a loan from the World Bank is aimed at supporting the communities that have hosted refugees for the past 26 years.
They include Dadaab, Fafi and Lagdera in Garissa County, Wajir South in Wajir County and Turkana West in Turkana County.
Speaking at Almond Hotel during the launch, Wamalwa said that the project is an integral part of the broader North and North Eastern intuitive that will focus on community level approaches to address the impact of protracted presence of refuges in the affected areas.
“By the end of the project period, we hope that it will improve self-reliance among refugee hosting communities, social cohesion between refugees and host communities, increase the voices and roles of citizens in decision making regarding development,” Wamalwa said.
Wamalwa expressed optimism that with proper planning, coordination and implementation of KDRDIP, the host communities will benefit immensely through access to basic services, expansion of economic opportunities and enhancement of environmental management in the affected counties.
“This will also contribute to achieving the government BIG FOUR agenda of growing the manufacturing sector, enhancing universal health care, providing affordable housing and improving food security.”