On June 14, representatives from USAID projects in East Africa met at the Wilson Center to discuss the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) project, which worked to strengthen the East African institutions that provide sustainable access to clean water and sanitation services.
Panelists shared tools, technologies, good practices and approaches that are applicable and relevant to ongoing and future USAID bilateral and regional programming. “Resilience isn’t an outcome, it is a process—and capacity-building is crucial,” said Chelsea Keyser, Deputy Chief of Party for USAID’s PREPARED program, during a recent event at the Wilson Center marking the end of the five-year project.
PREPARED developed 14 different tools to help communities adapt to the impacts of the changing environment in the East African region, including unreliable rainfall and rising temperatures. The program, in which USAID partnered with the East African Community (which comprises Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania) and other key partners, worked at the regional level to build “the capacity to cope with uncertainty rather than react to a specific climate event,” said Scott McCormick of Tetra Tech, which led the consortium.
Read more of the event write-up from the Wilson Center.