Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya (StARCK+)

StARCK+ is a United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) climate change programme in Kenya. StARCK+ is a 4-year programme (2013 to 2017) that seeks to support Kenya’s efforts in addressing climate change through:

  • Catalysing private sector innovation and investment: Kenyan private sector plays a transformative role in promoting innovation and delivering climate resilient and low carbon growth;
  • Strengthening climate change governance: stronger policy, institutional and regulatory framework established to plan, budget and deliver climate resilient development by the state and the private sector
  • Supporting civil society advocacy: enhanced capacity of civil society and media to hold government to account on climate change delivery and impact, and demand delivery from government and stimulate the private sector on climate change products and services. 

The programme is divided into six components managed by 5 contractors:

  1. The Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund which provides 3 grants and is implementing a climate smart agriculture initiative. 
  2. The Technical Assistance (TA) to the Government of Kenya (GoK) to implement the National Climate Action Plan 
  3. The Renewable Energy and Adaptation Technologies window of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund to incentivize the private sector to provide adaptation goods and services in arid and semi-arid lands.
  4. The Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) through infoDev in the World Bank to support climate innovation in Kenya’s private sector.
  5. The Adaptation Consortium to enhance climate resilience and provide decentralised support at the county level. 
  6. Strengthening civil society engagement in climate change advocacy is implemented by Act, Change and Transform (Act!) under the natural resource management programme.

Through these components, the intended impact of the programme is to enable Kenya achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieve sustainable growth through improved response to climate change risks and opportunities. The programme’s indicator at the impact level is a reduction in the share of gross domestic product (GDP) lost to climate change with the targeted loss to GDP pegged at 1.5% in 2017 from the current 2.8%.