The PREPARED Project was a five year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of East Africa economies, transboundary and freshwater ecosystems and communities targeting three key development challenges of East Africa. These were also high priority areas for the U.S. Government (USG), which includes climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
USAID/EA assisted both the EAC Secretariat and LVBC to strengthen their institutional capacity to identify, plan, and respond to a wide array of regional climate change issues. A set of self-assessment tools, training and mentoring programs were developed to define the skills and capacities required to implement adaptation measures at regional, national and local levels. PREPARE developed information networks and management systems to strengthen regional coordination and collaboration in adaptive policymaking, planning, and programming.
In support of EAC’s operationalization of a Regional Climate Change Fund, PREPARED assisted the Secretariat to become an accredited Regional Implementing Entity (RIE). EAC was then be eligible for funding from the Global Adaptation Fund.
PREPARED addressed key threats to trans-boundary ecosystems with high biodiversity value. Intervention included monitoring and mitigating threats to water quantity and quality. A key output was an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) framework for holistic, adaptive management of trans-boundary freshwater ecosystems in East Africa.
PREPARED therefore provided institutional support to the LVBC, local government units, and water and sanitation service providers to support integrating WASH with biodiversity conservation and climate change resiliency efforts. These efforts ensured compliance with USAID WASH earmark requirements as well as complement WASH activities of other donors.