Integrating peacebuilding, development and humanitarian efforts on the Kenya and Ethiopia cross border

Contract partner: Stichting VSO Nederland Country: Ostafrika, regional/multi-country Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 01.06.2022 End: 30.11.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

Reduced conflict and enhanced resilience and peaceful coexistence of cross border communities at the Ethiopia-Kenya border.

Expected results

1. Enhanced human capabilities and social assets to reduce vulnerabilities driving and resulting from conflict and weak social cohesion.

2. Strengthened capacities and agency of indigenous institutions, peace and disaster risk reduction committees, and local civil society organisations to collectively address fragilities caused by and causing conflict and weak social cohesion.

3. Enhanced responsiveness of regional, national, and local governments to local priorities on social cohesion, peace, and inclusion.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries: 4 districts, 157,000 people.

Direct targets: 43 indigenous institutions, 20 peace and 20 disaster risk reduction committees, 15 local civil society organisations, 120 government officials, community leaders, and 4,000 community members, especially women, youth, and 5% people living with a disability (60% marginalized women and girls and other primary risk bearers living in locations directly experiencing conflict).

Partners: Horn of Africa Development Initiative, Center for Development and Capacity Building

Region: Ethiopia/Kenya border (Moyale and Miyo districts in Ethiopia / Marsabit and Moyale sub-counties in Kenya).


Key activities:

- Social inclusion and gender analysis, capacity building for youth volunteers and community champions, linkages to social safety nets.

- Organisational capacity strengthening, community-led risk assessment, and action planning, supporting humanitarian, development, and peace actions, support collaboration across systems.

- Training of government leaders on conflict sensitivity, disaster resilience, support multi-stakeholder platforms, collaboration on cross-border policies / initiatives, policy dialogues, and advocacy.


The 538-mile border between Ethiopia and Kenya has a history of conflict as pastoral communities compete for pasture and water. The area is characterised by violence and socioeconomic problems.

project number 2626-02/2022
source of funding OEZA
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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