Understanding pathways to increasing adaptive capacity and resilience among rural households in Kwale

The main aim of the study was to examine determinants of vulnerability and resilience to shocks among rural households in the AKF-CRSP (K) project area. The project intended to investigate causal relations or patterns of vulnerability across households by examining household characteristics, endowments or access to natural and social capital as well as idiosyncratic factors that contribute to different livelihood outcomes.

By understanding risk and vulnerability among rural households, invaluable clues to understanding how autonomous or planned interventions enhance or undermine adaptive capacity and resilience at household level can be derived. The main argument is that this is critical to designing interventions for poverty prevention and not just poverty alleviation.

The study was aimed at benefiting various stakeholders from local communities to sectoral departments of Government and NGO’s involved in poverty alleviation and anti-poverty programmes.

The project is a joint venture with AKF-CRSP (K) which has implemented a wide range of programmes aimed at building household assets, raising incomes, improving environmental management and strengthening social capital and participation through community based village development organizations.​