KIRA - Multi Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment for Kenya - Generic orientation @ UNICEF
by Minu Limbu, Emergency Specialist (Information Management) at UNICEF Kenya on Dec 17, 2012
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Background: It is widely recognized that in emergencies, the lack of good quality information combined with pressure for humanitarian actors to respond quickly can result in inadequately informed ...
Background: It is widely recognized that in emergencies, the lack of good quality information combined with pressure for humanitarian actors to respond quickly can result in inadequately informed decision making. Globally, this has been identified as one of the major obstacles to providing high quality responses to people affected by disasters.
Kenya has a well-established, bi-annual multi-sector food security assessment mechanism in the form of the Long and Short Rains Assessment led by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) with participation from a number of UN agencies and NGOs. However, there remains a gap in relation to an agreed format and mechanism for multi sector assessments for sudden onset emergencies. This includes sudden onset emergencies of a large scale and those of a more localized nature. This gap has been identified by the inter sector working group (ISWG) and was noted in the recent IASC Real Time Evaluation (RTE) of the 2011 Horn of Africa drought. It is one of the agreed areas of follow up from the RTE and is also a key priority under the ISWG April to June priorities .
This initiative, also known as Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment (KIRA), has been undertaken to bring stakeholders together in order to develop a rapid assessment approach aligned to the work that is taking place at the global level through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Needs Assessment Task Force (NATF) on assessment tools, guidelines and processes.
This is a joint initiative initially instigated by OCHA and UNICEF on behalf of Kenya Humanitarian Partnership Team (KHPT), in partnership with the Emergency Capacity Building Project (ECB) and supported by the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS). It is being undertaken as a participatory process, welcoming inputs from all stakeholders including Government ministries and bodies, the Kenya Red Cross Society, NGOs, UN agencies and donors . An engagement plan has been developed, outlining process and identified activities for the management of the process, outputs and anticipated timelines.
The objective is:
To build a country-wide mechanism and capacity, capable at short notice to conduct a multi-agency, multi sector assessment of humanitarian needs.
For more information: https://sites.google.com/site/kenyainitialrapidassessment/phase-1---planification
Presentation @ UNICEF Supported Sector Working Group (10 Dec 2012) Kenya
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