The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) has committed $10 million over the next five years to serve the Turkana people in Northern Kenya. The focus of all the projects is in food security and income generation. USADF is working directly with Turkana communities to assess needs, develop business plans, and implement projects created by the Turkana. Funding is going directly to the grantees to maximize community ownership. USADF has enlisted an African partner who will be on the ground to help grantees implement projects and provide technical assistance on a daily basis.
The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is an "Independent United States Government Agency" which provides grants and loans of up to $250,000 to community groups and small enterprises that benefit under-served and marginalized groups in Sub-Saharan Africa. USADF has provided crucial financial support to Naasakle to build Naasakle's production and financial management capabilities. For more information about USADF funding, please visit the agency's web site at www.usadf.gov .
Who are the Turkana?
The Turkana are pastoralists and the harsh terrain requires that people constantly move their herds to find food and water. Because of the regional insecurity, many people are finding that they must let go of this traditional way of life and find new ways to sustain their livelihoods.
USADF's commitment to working with the people of Turkana is potentially a turning point for the region. Community developed grants will empower the local population to sustainably invest in social and economic sectors, for the broad, sustainable benefit of the region.
The USADF model at work
USADF will help take on the challenges in the region by working directly with the Turkana people to develop new approaches to small scale agriculture (irrigation), livestock management, and fishing. USADF's approach is to provide direct funding for development solutions that comes from the people closest to the problem. This creates greater sense of ownership in the process.
USADF is also working with a local partner to provide technical and support services to ensure project success.