Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Program (DEPP) Innovation Lab

The rural counties of Marsabit and Garrisa are areas that have a pre-disposition to droughts further aggravated by historical marginalization manifested in some of the highest poverty and food insecurity rates in Kenya.


With the process of devolution and resource allocation to county governments, there is an opportunity to have impact on early warning, preparedness and response at the county levels that was not present in the past where resources and decision making were managed centrally in Nairobi.  With this more enabling environment, it provides a stronger case for the establishment of innovation Labs at the county level, making such an important resource closer to the impacted communities. With the support of START NETWORK, Adeso, iHub, Kenya and Mastercard (AIM) Consortium combine over 50 years of experience in the field of innovation, community engagement and programming for disaster management and preparedness and lab management. Engaging the rural communities of Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) areas of Kenya namely Marsabit and Garissa, AIM led by Adeso will establish innovative community Labs to come up with sustainable and scalable innovative ideas either on a lab or innovation ecosystem that will improve their livelihoods in areas related to drought and food security.

Our Approach

This 21 month (July 2017 to March 2019) project will be implemented by AIM Consortium leveraging its experience in managing labs and proven innovation methodology as well as experience in disaster management. The consortium will create a community idea spaces in the rural counties of Garissa and Marsabit in which the local communities can explore and develop  better mechanisms to build resilience and preparedness in the face of drought. The AIM Labs will provide the disaster-prone communities resources and services to innovate solutions to better prepare for, mitigate and address the impacts of drought. Using a user-centric design, the project can will allow for a fail-fast approach where innovators receive feedback quickly in an environment that allows for frequent information sharing and testing, and continuous questioning and examination of their prototypes. The Lab  will be accessible to all segments of the community and the consortium will ensure participation of rural communities at the village level rather than focus on urban issues.

Expected Outcomes

Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness program (DEPP) Innovation Lab is expected to increase preparedness and resilience of disaster-prone communities in Garissa and Marsabit countries of Kenya through building communities' capacities to identify and evaluate the risks related to natural disasters and innovative mitigation measure to address these gaps.