Women for peace: Strengthening local capacities to transform conflict in border area of Borana- Marsabit in Ethiopia and Kenya

Contract partner: Stiftung Hilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz - Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) Country: Ostafrika, regional/multi-country Funding amount: € 950.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2021 End: 31.07.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

In the face of growing female exclusion, vulnerability threats and risks in the conflict-prone border area between Ethiopia and Kenya, the project aims at enhancing women’s leverage in conflict prevention, resolution, peace building, relief and recovery in the region. It promotes women’s empowerment and gender transformative programming as well as local capacities to ensure that more women are an integral part of humanitarian, development and peace responses in the target region.

Expected results

1.Women are able to promote their needs and influence priorities of Humanitarian Aid interventions when a crisis occurs. 2. Women influence the decision-making process on natural resource management within the local and traditional authorities. 3. Women participate in peaceful conflict resolution.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The project will work with 15,000 individuals of vulnerable pastoralist households, out of which at least 25% are female-headed, meaning in total 90.000 people are expected to directly and 873.662 to indirectly benefit.

While Swiss Church Aid is leading the implementation of the project, it is partnering with two local organisations, namely Community Initiative Facilitation and Assistance (CIFA) in Kenya and Ethiopia respectively.

The target region is the border area of Ethiopia and Kenya, particularly four woredas of Borana (Moyale, Miyo, Dire and Dillo), Ethiopia and three districts of Marsabit County (Moyale, Sololo, and North Horr) in Kenya.


Professional trainings, complimented by workshops, support to council meetings and peer-to-peer trainings to increase and build local capacities.

Local disaster risk management drafts, micro-business development plans and key cross-border mappings.

Social and behavioural change communication actions, cross-border natural resource management meetings as well as the development and translation into local languages of conflict analysis and sensitivity tools.


Cross-border tensions are high along the Ethiopia-Kenya border which stretches over a length of over 800 kilometres. Borana in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region, shares the largest portion of the boundary with Marsabit County in northern Kenya. This porous cross-border area is remote from the capitals (Nairobi and Addis Ababa), with poorly developed infrastructure and social indicators that lag behind national averages. Natural resources are increasingly scarce and under pressure due to growth in human and livestock populations, pastureland degradation, extensive bush encroachment and climatic variability and shocks. The consequences of arising conflicts are immense since they significantly impact long-term peace and stability, as well as the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ethiopia, Kenya and the larger East Africa region.

project number 2626-07/2021
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
tied 0
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Biodiversity: 1, Desertification: 1, Gender: 2, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 2, Disaster risk reduction: 1, Inclusion: 1
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    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
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