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Integrated Programme to build Resilience to Climate Change & Adaptive Capacity of vulnerable communities in Kenya commonly known as, ‘Adaptation Fund programme’ has kicked off with 99% of the Executing Entities having received their first quarter disbursement funds from the National Implementing Entity and are in the stage of observing their Inception workshops.

The overall objective of the programme is to enhance resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change for selected communities in various Counties in Kenya in order to increase food security and environmental management.

In order to establish the benchmarks to be monitored and evaluated during the implementation of the programme activities, a baseline survey is mandatory and is to be held within the first month of the programme.

Baseline information about the background upon which the programme/project is building upon is extremely important because it provides the benchmark at different points of project implementation, for comparison and analysis with actual progress.

Each Executing Entity (both main and sub) is required to conduct a baseline survey in order to establish benchmark/Baseline level for the progress, at the beginning of the programme implementation. Similarly, subsequent surveys are to be done to measure progress in reference to the benchmark.

The establishment of the benchmarks will be participatory with implementing partners so as to develop common understanding on how to assess the progress of the programme activities based on the baseline information. The implementing agencies and the partners, with support from NIE will do continuous monitoring of the project and semi and annual reporting on the project progress.

It’s in reference to this that the National Implementing Entity has provided baseline survey framework that details programme outcome baseline indicators and programme output indicators for the five component of the AF programme.

The National Implementing Entity Steering Committee during their meeting on Monday 16th, May 2016, approved the Checklist for Organizational Capacity Assessment of the climate change adaptation programme as well as the baseline survey guidance pack. NIE has provided baseline survey framework that details programme outcome baseline indicators and programme output indicators for the five component of the AF programme.

The Executing Entities therefore, are required to submit the baseline study report to NIE, both in hardcopy and softcopy within the first quarter of programme implementation. The NIE there after shall review the baseline study report, compile and authenticate the findings before submitting it to Adaptation Fund.

The baseline study report is expected to contain but not limited to introduction of the programme component(s) the entity is implementing, description of the specific funded programme activities/output and the geographical location as well as study method used to establish the baseline levels for each indicator.

 

By Mary Amondo-NIE Section

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