East Africa & Great Lakes


DRC has been operational in Kenya since 2005 and is one of the United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) largest Implementing Partners in the refugee response. DRC is present in Garissa (Dadaab & Garissa), Turkana (Kakuma, Kalobeyei & Lodwar), Nairobi and Mandera counties. Kenya hosts a population of 561,836 refugees and asylum seekers, predominantly of Somali and South Sudanese origin. The vast majority reside in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei refugee camps, with around 88,884 living in Nairobi and other urban towns.

Current situation

The country’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) are experiencing severe drought after four consecutive failed raining seasons, affecting the food security of 4.1 million people – among which 858,000 children and lactating women are acutely malnourished. At least 1.5 million cattle, which pastoralist communities rely on for livelihoods, have perished.

3.3 million people cannot access enough water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning as many water points have dried up, increasing the risk of water-borne diseases and infections as families are forced to prioritise drinking and cooking over hygiene.

The drought has had a particularly severe impact on women and children, increasing the risk of gender-based violence and child marriage, while hindering children’s access to education.

1.2 million children are at risk of dropping out of school due to migration, school closure and sickness.

Core sectors Kenya

Economic Recovery
Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding
Shelter and Settlements
Camp Coordination and Camp Management

Displacement trends

Source: | UNHCR


  • 13 Sep 2022

    Plastic pays

  • 29 Aug 2022

    Horn of Africa: DRC Drought Response Appeal

  • 28 Apr 2022

    Press release: Will global donors rise to the occasion and prevent starvation and death for millions in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya?

  • 17 Mar 2022

    Video: Spring Recharge

  • 24 Nov 2020

    Former DRC Country Director becomes permaculture farmer – David Kang’ethe

  • 01 Oct 2022

    DRC assessment shows the rapid deterioration of the protection environment for pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya

  • 10 Aug 2022

    Horn of Africa: DRC Drought Response Appeal

  • 01 May 2022

    EAGL: Annual report 2021

Why we are there

DRC Kenya has a wide range of humanitarian, development and peacebuilding programming that enables the operation to deliver across the ‘triple nexus’ which is the overarching programme strategy for the period 2022-2025.

In Kenya, displacement is complex and protracted across different situations (South Sudan, Somalia, Great Lakes, drought) necessitating implementation across the humanitarian – development – peace nexus targeting IDPs, refugees, host communities, and those engaged in mixed migration.

DRC’s focus extends to promoting Durable Solutions, which is linked to the commitments under the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), and further towards strengthening our work with and through local partners.

What we do

In Dadaab, DRC implements livelihoods, voluntary repatriation and gender-based violence (GBV) programming in all three camps, as well as livelihoods programming in five refugee-hosting communities.

In Turkana West, DRC implements GBV, child protection, livelihoods and social cohesion activities in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei integrated settlement. DRC is also the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI+) refugee protection lead.

The Nairobi urban programme implements protection and livelihoods activities while serving as an innovation hub.

In response to the ongoing drought in the country, DRC is supporting extremely vulnerable households in the Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) region of Kenya with Multi-Purpose Cash Transfers, prioritising remote and insecure locations that other actors are not able to reach.

DRC is additionally rehabilitating strategic boreholes in livestock concentration areas, as well as supporting livestock vaccination and treatment, to protect pastoralists’ livelihoods and improve access to fresh milk.

Working in collaboration with

Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office
Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development
Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development
UN Habitat
Fonden Det Nytter
Danmarks Indsamling
World Agroforestry Centre
World University Service of Canada