Empowering South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB) communities in the fight against climate change


In the months from July to September 2023, Africa’s Voices launched “We need collective action” in the South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB) region. This project, carried out in partnership with the Danish International Development Agency (Danida) through Uraia Trust and with additional support in form of a grant from Luminate, aimed to involve the community in adapting to climate change. The results of these three-months effort were made possible through engaging radio shows and on-the-ground forums.

Radio shows

Africa’s Voices took the message to the airwaves with four weekly radio shows on Mbaitu FM, Athiani FM, and Ene FM. These shows became a hub for community discussions, receiving an incredible 15,361 messages from 3,060 people. Featuring local experts mainly from the county governments and local civil society organisations, the radio shows not only educated but also made the community feel involved.

On-the-Ground Forums:

Africa’s Voices also organised three impactful forums addressing challenges faced by marginalised groups. These forums gave a voice to 113 hard-to-reach participants, ensuring that everyone, regardless of literacy levels, was heard and valued. The focus for these forums was the youth, women and persons living with disabilities. These forums enriched the insights gathered from the community.

Project Details

PartnersDanida, Uraia Trust, Luminate
SectorClimate Change, Governance

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Key Findings


Root causes: 72% linked climate change impacts to deforestation, highlighting the need for afforestation and reforestation.


Civic-led solutions: 44.7% suggested proactive measures like tree planting, demonstrating the potential for community centered reforestation.


Awareness gap: 37.4% reported unawareness of county government initiatives, emphasising the need for more awareness campaigns.


Water Concerns: 26.4% prioritised water availability, stressing the need for investments in projects that provide water, first for domestic but also for water projects.

Key Recommendations 

The key findings paved the way for strategic recommendations aimed at building climate resilience in the SEKEB region. The key recommendations from the project were:

  1. Sustainable farming practices: Prioritise sustainable farming practices, including drought-resistant crops and climate-smart agriculture, aligned with citizen priorities. 
  2. Water accessibility: Invest in projects for improved water accessibility, efficiency, and distribution, such as boreholes, dams, and water storage systems. 
  3. Afforestation and reforestation: Actively support community-driven tree planting campaigns, supplying seedlings, and empowering local stakeholders to combat deforestation. 
  4. Comprehensive awareness campaigns: Launch broader and targeted climate change awareness campaigns encompassing health, agriculture, and sustainable practices.
  5. Healthcare access: Ensure access to affordable and high-quality healthcare services to address health challenges resulting from climate change.
  6. Youth engagement: Harness the power of youth engagement, leveraging their digital literacy, and involving them in shaping climate resilience policies. 
  7. Inclusion of PLWDs: Prioritise the inclusion of Persons Living with Disabilities through targeted outreach strategies and collaboration with disability organisations.


The “We need collective action” project has sparked a positive change in SEKEB Region. As these recommendations turn into actions, the region is moving towards a resilient future, driven by collective efforts and inclusive dialogue. The journey continues, with citizen voices shaping a sustainable and climate-resilient tomorrow in South Eastern Kenya.