The Drought Resilience Impact Platform - DRIP
Ending Drought Emergencies in the Horn of Africa
The Drought Resilience Impact Platform, DRIP, combines the technical leadership of Virridy, the University of Colorado Boulder and the Nairobi-based Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development with water security actions taken by the Millennium Water Alliance, national governments, and local communities in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. DRIP monitors water security, create actionable drought forecasts, generates carbon credits and pays for water system operations to ensure that when rains fail, water access is secure and costly drought emergencies are prevented.
The Solution - DRIP
We can end the cycle of drought emergencies in the arid regions of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Drought-driven humanitarian emergencies can be prevented if groundwater is reliably made available at strategic locations during cycles of water stress.
DRIP - The Drought Resilience Impact Platform’s comprehensive systems design integrates early detection and planning with proactive groundwater management to ensure water availability, thus enabling drought-prone communities to become effective managers in the prevention of these humanitarian crises. It replaces reactive and expensive short-term assistance measures like water trucking, with a framework for drought resilience. Enacted within local institutional and governance framework, DRIP can direct adaptation responses, secure ongoing delivery of key services, and deliver assistance specifically when and where it is needed.