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?