Non-governmental organizations’ humanitarian relief in uplifting pastoralist dependency in Wajir District, North Eastern Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Humanitarian organizations have become important sector in the provision of assistance to many disaster affected people in the world. Humanitarian relief is the provision of life-saving assistance to those in need, including victims of both conflicts and natural disasters. However, many non-governmental organizations came with humanitarian assistance as a short term intervention creating dependency. The consequences of the above being less motivated pastoral population ,less productive in engagement to uplift their social and economic lives and psychologically tuned to humanitarian aid hence less innovative ,productive and significantly killing pastoralism as a way of livelihood that supported the many generations in the past. This research aims to explore the Non-Government Organizations’ Humanitarian Relief in Uplifting Pastoralist Dependency in Wajir District, North Eastern Province, Kenya. The study was guided by the following objectives:- To identify the policy framework that guides relief aid; Consequences of depending on the relief aid; Non-governmental organizations efforts and Challenges to curb\control the dependency problems, To suggest possible solutions to the relief aid dependency. The research was descriptive involving both qualitative and quantitative techniques of data analysis. A simple random sampling technique was the main techniques used. The main instruments for data collection were basically questionnaires but also face to face interviews were conducted. Data collected using questionnaires and a structured interview guide was analyzed using frequency counts in form of percentages and was later tabulated to determine the relationship between variables. The findings of the research showed that there is lack of comprehensive relief aid strategy to monitor and control the flow of supplies to the pastoralist community. The researcher recommends stakeholders such as NGOs, government of Kenya and community beneficiaries to reassess the management of humanitarian relief aid among pastoralists in Wajir to avoid waste of resources and that to keep pace with the dynamic changes taking place within the environment
A thesis report submitted to the School of Postgraduate studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Masters of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building of Kampala International University
Non-governmental organizations, Humanitarian relief, Uplifting pastoralist dependency, Wajir District, North Eastern Kenya