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Policy & Advocacy

This unit seeks to support dialogue on key humanitarian issues through platforms for collaboration between the government, humanitarian and development agencies, donors, private sector, development partners and communities.

We strive to strengthen inclusive policy making that targets to address vulnerability. We leverage on our relationships with civil society to promote community centered approaches to humanitarian action.
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How the unit works

  • Collaboration with both National and County Governments
  • Humanitarian Diplomacy
  • Evidence based policy Analysis.
  • People centred Engagement.
  • Partnerships and Networking.
  • Innovation in Public Policy.
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Unit Objectives

  • Strengthening collaboration between governments and humanitarian actors on public policy making.
  • To encourage the use of evidence-based policy making in the public sector.
  • Strengthening the capacity of humanitarian actors and communities to influence public policy making.
  • Conducting advocacy for and support the development of laws and policies that protect the most vulnerable from humanitarian crisis.

Current ongoing Projects

Partners for Resilience

This is an alliance of the Netherlands Red Cross (lead agency), CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Wetlands International.

The name comes from the fundamental belief on the central role of resilience as a way to effectively deal with disasters by the five partners. An integrated approach is therefore necessary to mitigate disaster risk and enhance livelihoods, particularly by addressing climate change and ecosystem management and restoration.

The programme is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Kenya Accountable Devolution Project (KADP)

Established in 2012 to support the devolution process in Kenya. KADP aims to strengthen the capacity of counties to provide services efficiently, effectively and with accountability to all citizens, including the poor.

In 2015, the project incorporated climate change as a cross-cutting issue and a focus on strengthening the capacity of counties to address climate related vulnerability, risk management and resilience, including capacity building in environmental and social risk management and safeguards.

KRCS was contracted by the World Bank in April, 2019 to support the county governments of Narok, Makueni, Siaya and Kwale to strengthen their systems for Disaster Risk Management and flood Early Warning and Early Action.

KRCS started implementing the project in June 2019.

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Policy Dialogue Small Action Fund - Phase 3

Funded by the Austrian Development Agency, the project has the objective to strengthen capacities of East African CSOs regarding their Policy Dialogue engagement.

The project promotes the interests and needs of marginalized populations in policy making processes across the 3 East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

In Kenya, there are 4 partner CSOs: GROOTS Kenya, DESECE, PACIDA and Kenya Red Cross Society. Uganda has 2: CARE Uganda and SOS CV Uganda while Tanzania has 1: SOS CV Tanzania.

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Policy & Advocacy Strategy 2018 - 2020

The strategy charts the course of how ICHA will work with government and other stakeholders to ensure the achievement of sustainable development through the advancement of innovative policy solutions that can address the needs of the Kenyan population paying special attention to the needs of the most vulnerable.


This strategy aims to improve the operating environment for humanitarian assistance by increasing knowledge on public policy issues, promoting inclusive public policy engagement and ensuring the generation and utilization of evidence that will influence decision making in public policy.


This strategy’s objectives are:-
  • Strengthening collaboration with national and county governments, development partners, donors, private sector, CSOs and communities’ mechanisms for policy dialogue.
  • Enhancing support and capacity building for policy dialogue in order to ensure CSOs are able to conduct advocacy effectively.
  • Increasing the use of policy research where knowledge products, ideas and skills are translated into evidence for advocacy built on best practice.
  • Providing visibility to ICHA’s programmes and initiatives through the various channels as a way to conduct advocacy.
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