Pokot-turkana community resilience project


Pokot Turkana community resilience project

Pokot Turkana community resilience project


Turkana South Sub-County in Turkana County, and Pokot Central, in West Pokot County are ASAL areas with communities predominantly engaged in pastoral-nomadic lifestyles with few households engaged in subsistence farming along the river banks. The areas are marked with incessant conflicts characterized by cattle rustling, a practice that has been going since the pre-independence times which has cost the community hundreds of lives annually. The areas are further affected by climate change disaster risks such as long term famine, diseases, and hunger which has a direct import on the welfare, livelihoods and health of the communities who live there. Pokot Turkana Community Resilience Project seeks to build the resilience capacities for the communities in these areas towards sustainable livelihoods and long lasting peace. This project is a continuity of the FPFK intervention in the target areas for over 10 years. This resilience project has been running since 2020.

The Project Long Term Goal

The project’s long term goal is to see Turkana and Pokot communities utilizing their natural, physical, social, human, spiritual, financial, and institutional resources in enhancing their absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities in the management of conflicts and climate change disasters. The communities’ knowledge, skills, linkages, and social networks are increasingly utilized in overcoming the impacts of conflicts and climate change disasters. Specifically, the project seeks to ensure that Pokot and Turkana communities have increased their capacities to conflict and climate change disasters resilience; and have developed sustainable capacities to absorb and bounce back from such disaster risks.

Project in Numbers:

Over 6,000 school children reached in schools under the peace club activities and more than 2,000 reached in the community indirectly

Over 20 groups formed and actively engaged in diversified livelihoods activities and peace building initiatives in Turkana South and Pokot Central target areas

Over 1,500 men/women reached directly, and over 10,000 men/women reached indirectly in target communities with advocacy initiatives for prevention and response to conflicts and climate change disasters in target areas

10 peace clubs actively running and engaged in children led interventions towards resilience for peace and livelihoods in 10 schools in target areas.

Over 600 households benefit from assets support for livelihood diversification among the youth and men/women.

2500 +

Children Reached indirectly with peace development initiatives


Groups formed and equipped with skills and are engaging in livelihood resilient activities


Men/Women actively engaged in community advocacy for peace and violence prevention


Peace clubs active and engaged in children for peace activities in schools

Project Interventions

The project works with the children through edutainment activities in 5 schools in Pokot Central, and 5 schools in Turkana South to give the children platforms for engagement in peace building initiatives in Turkana and Pokot areas through child led advocacy for resilience. The project also works with the youth and women led groups through support towards diversification of livelihoods. Through this intervention, men, women and youth have been supported to engage in income generating activities such as irrigated farming, livestock support such as goats and camels; and bee keeping with the reformed warriors. The aim is to build conflict free livelihoods that steers the target groups away from cattle rustling.

Through advocacy initiatives targeting communities at large, the project equips the project participants with capacities, networking and resource mobilization for betterment of their livelihoods. During the period, the project reached out to various government and non-state actors such as churches, mosques, council of elders, and who supported the project beneficiaries towards building resilient livelihoods and peace building. We have achieved this through collaborations and partnerships with the government and non-state actors such as World Vision, Catholic church, Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Programme among other initiatives. And working with the community radio platforms with the reach in the target areas, the project has led community awareness campaign on disaster risk reduction initiatives, and how to manage related risks to these disasters.

With support from the University of Oslo, the project has integrated early warning and early response through ICT led Early warning system (EWS) to report, respond and prevent violent conflicts between the Turkana and Pokot communities. This partnership has not only contributed to reduction of conflicts, but strengthening partnership with the security agencies with the project in the target areas. The security agencies have proactively relied on the information shared by the project to intervene in addressing threats to peace through the early warning system alerts. The project has further worked with the victims of violence and disasters in managing and responding to the deep rooted trauma caused by the experiences in their past through religious leaders led psycho-social support and counselling to drive trauma healing.

Bishop David Ford, with Kraal leaders,
Bishop David Ford, with Kraal leaders, addressing warriors in Kakong during the community peace dialogues. These meetings targets to bring different community groups to appreciate peace and addressing violence through legal means.
Group of women, Katilu group
Group of women, members of Katilu group weeding their vegetables on their irrigation farm at Katilu Irrigation scheme.
Pokot Turkana community resilience project