UK gives Sonko's government millions for research

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Nairobi governor Mike Sonko

The United Kingdom Global Challenges Research Fund has given Nairobi County Ksh152 million.

The money was given to help develop risk management policy and underlying data in a project set to begin in March 2019.

The project is expected to provide an opportunity to showcase lessons and learn from risk management experiences in other cities which will be beneficial to the Nairobi County Government.

Supporting transition

"This will be an opportunity for Nairobi to develop policies, training and development of risk and vulnerability assessment and management decision-support tools," Dr Mark Pelling, the Professor in Geography at King’s College London, who are the sponsors of the project.

This project will provide considerable support for the development of risk management policy and underlying data in applied research funding over the next three years and additional resources then available,” he added.

Dr Pelling said the collaboration of the Nairobi County Government will be central to shaping planned work.

Disaster Management

He noted that following the ambition of the NCCG, the project will help in supporting the transition towards integrating risk management into development policy and practice in Nairobi.

Pelling said they will hold the initial substantial activity with the NCCG Disaster Management and Coordination Sector.

The three-day meeting will be held in Mombasa to review the Nairobi County Disaster Management Act 2015 and assist to create a Nairobi Disaster Management Plan and Policy.

This will be a closed meeting with invitees from the World Bank, UN agencies and across the NCC and Kenyan Government. We would be honored if His Excellency Governor of Nairobi Mike Sonko would come and grace the occasion,” Dr Pelling said.

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