Kenya: Fortifying Institutional, Planning and Policy Frameworks to Manage Climate and Disaster Risk

Context and Objectives

In June 2018, the World Bank approved a US$200 million Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Development Policy Financing with a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat-DDO) for Kenya. A Cat-DDO is a contingent credit line that provides immediate liquidity to a country in the aftermath of a natural disaster. The Cat-DDO for Kenya marked the first time an IDA (IDA: International Development Association; the part of the World Bank that supports the world’s poorest countries) country received a Cat-DDO.

Seven Prior Actions for the Cat-DDO were defined, which seek to strengthen Kenya’s framework for DRM. The ACP-EU NDRR project will support activities that promote the achievement of targets linked to three of the seven Prior Actions.

Main Activities

Component 1: Mainstreaming DRM

As part of the Cat-DDO, the Government of Kenya committed to preparing five additional Country Risk Profiles by 2021. The ACP-EU NDRR project will develop a methodology for preparing Country Risk Profiles. This new methodology will be adopted by the Government of Kenya as the new standard in the production of subnational risk information.

Component 2: Strengthening Emergency Response Capacity

As part of the Cat-DDO, the Government of Kenya committed to producing 8 County Emergency Response Plans by 2021. The ACP-EU NDRR project will revise the 2009 National Emergency Response Plan. This revision process will inform the formulation of a Guidance Note that will shape the production of county-level Emergency Response Plans.

Component 3: Strengthening DRM Legal Framework (1)

Activities under this component will support the advancement of the DRM legal framework. The Cabinet of the Government of Kenya approved a National DRM Policy in March 2018, and the Government has developed a DRM Bill which will operationalize the DRM Policy.

Component 4: Strengthening DRM Legal Framework (2)

As part of the Cat-DDO, the Government of Kenya committed to approving a new building code which incorporates multi-hazard resilient design standards. The ACP-EU DNRR project will support the Government in developing a national building code. The activities entail, among others, integrating international best practices, supporting policy dialogue, and designing a consultative process.


This project is in its inception phase.

Partnerships and Coordination

The activities will be carried out by the World Bank, in partnership with key national institutions, including the National Disaster Operations Centre and the National Drought Management Authority.

  • Africa
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $400,000
  • 01/2019 - 02/2020