Insights from Resilience Policy work in Kenya: A realist Evaluation Case Study

The long-term vision of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme is to improve the wellbeing of the most vulnerable by strengthening resilience to shocks and stresses associated with climate extremes and disasters in the Sahel, East Africa and Asia. This has been achieved through scaling up proven technologies and practices; research and evaluation to build knowledge and evidence on how best to strengthen resilience in different contexts; and enhancing local and national capacity to respond to climate-related shocks and stresses.

The £92 million UK-funded programme originally ran from August 2013 for four years, operating in thirteen countries under fifteen projects.1 At the end of October 2018, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) decided to extend the BRACED programme for another 15 months, from 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2019. This period (and the implementation wrap-up period that followed between 1 April 2019 and 30 June 2019) is referred to as BRACED-X. The extension was organised into two windows: implementation and policy. While the former aims to deliver results for individuals, households and communities (Components A and B of the BRACED programme), the latter aims to accelerate policy-influencing activities at national and local levels (Component D).

This case study, along with the synthesis of Final Evaluations (FEs) delivered by BRACED-X IPs, was undertaken by the Evaluation Activity 2 (EA2) team of the BRACED Knowledge Manager (KM) to answer the fundamental learning question: What works to build resilience to climate extremes, in what contexts, for whom and why?