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.

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The Problem

Millions of people living in the drought prone Horn of Africa face persistent threat from a lack of safe, reliable and affordable water year-round. The arid regions of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing increasing frequency and severity of drought conditions.

Drought emergencies occur when reduced rainfall, exacerbated in recent years by climate change, conspires with with limited community capacity and institutional failures to cause dramatic reductions in access to water for people, livestock and agriculture.

This lack of water results in catastrophic crop failures, public health stress, economic shocks, and displacement of people, disrupting patterns of nomadic migration, and affecting those that are among the most marginalized communities in East Africa.

Historically, responses to drought have been reactive, involving international emergency assistance to save lives and livelihoods, that then disappears when the immediate crisis dissipates. The destabilizing impact of drought emergencies increases with each successive event, leading to vulnerability and insecurity in this complex region of Africa.


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.