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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), Isiolo, Nairobi Urban (Eastleigh), Mandera, Marsabit and Turkana (Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Lodwar) counties. Kenya hosts a population of 612,413 refugees and asylum seekers, predominantly of Somali and South Sudanese origin. The vast majority reside in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei refugee camps, with around 94,417 living in Nairobi and other urban towns.

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Current situation

The country’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) are experiencing severe drought due to four consecutive failed rainfall seasons. This has affected the food security of 4.5 million people among which, 1 million are children who are acutely malnourished.

Acute malnutrition has been noted among children below five years and pregnant and lactating women across the counties. 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. Families are forced to prioritize drinking and cooking over hygiene.

The drought has had a severe impact on women and children, increasing the risk of gender-based violence and child marriages, 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

22 Aug 2023

Fair recycling: A plastic recycling ecosystem in Kenya

14 Aug 2023

Exploring Digital Diaspora Investment Opportunities in Dadaab

27 Jun 2023

From War to Milk Vending: Bernard's Journey of Resilience and Hope

27 Jun 2023

Surviving Against All Odds: Almaz's Triumph Over Adversity

21 Jun 2023

Press Release: In 2022 DRC reached more than 19 million people with crucial assistance

07 Jun 2023

From Refugee to Digital Trailblazer: Vuma's Journey of Resilience and Empowerment

DocumentsAll Documents

Joint statement - NGOs call out climate injustice and urge global donors to fully fund the humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa now

22 May 2023

Horn of Africa Drought Situation Reports

30 Apr 2023

Multi-agency call for global action to respond to the multi-faceted crisis in the Horn of Africa

14 Dec 2022

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

01 Oct 2022

Horn of Africa: DRC Drought Response Appeal

10 Aug 2022

EAGL: Annual report 2021

01 May 2022

Why we are there

DRC Kenya has a wide range of humanitarian, development and peace-building programs that enable the operation to be delivered 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 and Great Lakes) necessitating implementation across the humanitarian – development – peace nexus.

This targets 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

DRC's activities in Kenya include livelihoods and economic recovery, voluntary repatriation, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), humanitarian disarmament, child protection and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) programming in refugee camps and communities.

DRC is also the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI+) refugee protection lead.

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.

We prioritize 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
World Agroforestry Centre
World Agroforestry Centre
World University Service of Canada
World University Service of Canada
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Water fund
Water fund
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