Shock-responsive social protection in practice: Kenya’s experience in scaling up cash transfers
In the wake of the 2011 drought crisis, the Government of Kenya (GoK) pledged itself to ending drought emergencies by 2022. This commitment is set out in its Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE) Framework which – for the first time – recognises that drought emergencies have their roots in poverty and vulnerability. Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) is charged with implementing the EDE framework and believes that social protection has an important role to play in reducing vulnerability and risk throughout the drought cycle. As such, the Government is committed to designing scalable social protection systems to be used to prevent frequent drought events becoming crises.