Community-based climate adaptation and gender justice in Kenya

Organization: Church World Service (CWS)

Country: Kenya

Representative: Amber Tink

Website: https://cwsglobal.org/

Solution awarded as: Honoree


Description of the project: Since 2007, Church World Service has supported isolated communities in Kenya through a programme called Asset Based Community Development Framework (ABCD) to address both gender inequalities and climate adaptation. It includes gender-power workshops, parental education promoting girls’ schooling, and the creation of locally-led water management committees. The programme also tackles women’s economic empowerment through revenue diversification: adolescent girls and young women are trained in beekeeping, entrepreneuship and leadership. Community-led solutions are created and maintained to improve food security and climate resilience for over 7,000 beneficiaries, and transform gender power relations.

Climate impact
53 sand dams have been built, with water facilities benefitting
75% of farmers now grow drought tolerant crops
Gender impact
Girls’ schooling is supported via self-managed village savings, reducing forced marriage and GBV
Community allows a power shift that alleviates women’s workload
Gender-power workshops for all community members
Scalability / replicability
Consultations with the local community to inform project activities and desired outcomes
Water management committees form a replicable model for climate resilience

Financially supported by: Buhler Family Foundation