CHC is currently contracted by the System Enhancement for Transformative Health (SETH) project to support operational research in Western Kenya. The SETH project is designed as a partnership between Hellen Keller International (HKI) and Action Against Hunger (AAH). It covers 5 counties in Western Kenya (Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Trans-Nzoia, and West Pokot). The SETH project’s objective is to improve the quality, availability and access to Maternal, New-born and Child health and nutrition services (MNCHN).
January – December 2017. Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria
This study considers the constraints on data collection and analysis in humanitarian emergencies and the effects this has on outcome recommendations. The reports uses four cases, Yemen, Somali , Nigeria and South Sudan, and suggests means of ensuring the independence and objectivity of data collection and analysis.
The international community has agreed on the technical definition of famine and food security/ nutrition emergencies of lesser severity. Yet major constraints continue to limit the linkage between information, analysis, and action. Analysis procedures have built-in processes for ensuring the validity and reliability of data. However, there is relatively little emphasis on analysing; what data is missing, why is data missing, what to do about missing data, and how to best manage political influences on data collection and analysis. This is especially the case in the most extreme of crises: conflict-induced famine.
Northern & Coastal Kenya
May 2016 – 2020
The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a rural resource management organisation which has helped develop resilient community conservancies – promoting peace, transforming people’s lives and conserving natural resources. The Centre for Humanitarian Change (CHC) has embarked on a four-year project with NRT with the aim of improving the water resource management capabilities of these conservancies.
This project has become increasingly significant as the drought in the region worsens and puts increased strain on the resources of these communities – who currently have unreliable water access. These issues are exacerbated by the low capacity in county government and the short-term, reactive outlook of NGOs. There has been a failure of community management as well as they do not have the required management, technical or financial skills.
Kenya, March 2016
In March 2016, the Centre for Humanitarian Change (CHC) conducted the ‘Pastoralist Women and Water’ study as part of the REACH programme – a global research programme aiming to improve water security for the world’s poor. This study attempted to understand the ways in which women’s disempowerment contributes to water security risks.
It had been noted that women, despite being largely responsible for the burden of water collection, were often excluded from the decision-making process in regards to water supplies. The assumption therefore was that if women had a stronger voice in this process than the household’s water security would ultimately improve.