DARAJA (Developing Risk Awareness through Joint Action) is a project aims at improving ACCESS to, and enhances the USE of relevant weather and Climate information by residents of informal settlements in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi in Kenya. This will enable resident to be more resilience and better prepared to take adaptive measures. The project also aims at enabling city Authorities to make better climate and weather informed decision in relation to Urban informal settlement.
ABOUT DARAJA PROJECT
It is a project under the Weather and Climate information Service for Africa (WISER) East Africa programme through DFID funding and managed by the UK Met Office. The partners in implementation are CCI (Tanzania), KDI (Kenya) and Resurgence (UK) together with Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) and Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD).
- Improved resilience of people living in Urban Informal settlements through Co-creating interfaces and services to address climate related risks.
- Reliable Co-produced and accessible climate information series to inform planning decision at city level or settlement level.
- Increase the use of reliable, co produced and accessible climate information services by the people living in informal settlements.
DARAJA Pilot project elements:-
Daraja pilot project elements had three channels of information as a means of enabling the communication of Weather and Climate information. These were identified through the information obtained through baseline study and stakeholders engagement in the co- designing process.
Local mtaa leaders, with Disaster committee and community group leaders are trained to interpret the forecast as provided by Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA). A community communication system has been set where trained community leaders share the weekly and severe forecasts in an easy to understand format through a cascade of Messages that are disseminated by SMS or Word of Mouth.