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February 22, 2022

The East Africa region is endowed with rich biodiversity and natural resources that transcend national boundaries.  These include vast landscapes, iconic wildlife species, watersheds, arable lands, and minerals.  Broadly defined as natural capital, these resources are an important source of economic revenue and critical to East Africa’s economic growth.  The region’s nature-based tourism industry, which is almost entirely dependent on wildlife and protected areas, contributes 7.5-10 percent of GDP to the region and supports local communities depending on the natural capital for their livelihoods.  Wildlife contributes both economically and intrinsically to the region’s natural capital and is a critical asset for East Africa’s future growth and sustainable development.  

The purpose of the Conserving Natural Capital and Enhancing Collaborative Management of Transboundary Resources in East Africa (CONNECT) is to strengthen the conservation and management of transboundary natural resources including wildlife and landscapes in the region.  The project seeks to strengthen East African Community’s (EAC) institutional leadership and learning to deliver on its regional mandate and commitments to conserve and manage shared environment and natural resources in East Africa.  The project works to strengthen and support existing regional conservation initiatives through generating evidence-based information, innovative methodologies, tools, and best practices for the benefit of the EAC Partner States and their citizens. 

February 17, 2022

Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Through the Power Africa East Africa Energy Program (EAEP), USAID works to optimize power supply, increase grid-based power connections, strengthen utilities and other power sector entities, and increase regional power trade. EAEP covers nine countries in the Eastern Africa region and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. EAEP aims to optimize the power supply through technical assistance, capacity building, and investment promotion. 

February 17, 2022

Following large-scale droughts that devastated the Horn of Africa in 2011 and 2012, USAID and other development partners support efforts to build resilience against future shocks to the region. Coordinated resilience programming has seen positive results in the arid and semi-arid lands, including an overall drop in households living below the poverty line and an increase in perceived resiliency among local communities. Constant evidence-based learning to inform this programming and promote adaptive management is necessary for progress to continue.

February 15, 2022

The Feed the Future East Africa Analytics for Development program helps USAID Kenya and East Africa programs adapt to the environmental, political, and market changes in areas affected by multi-faceted shocks and stresses. To be effective, programs need responsive and timely analytics to support decision making and programmatic adaptation based on analysis and learning.

February 10, 2022

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF) project Reducing Maritime Trafficking of Wildlife between Africa and Asia is a $4 million partnership initiative aimed to curb maritime wildlife trafficking, targeting key routes and transit points between Africa and Asia. Implemented by UNDP since 2018, the project is part of the GEF-financed, World Bank-led Global Wildlife Program (GWP).  In 2021, the project was expanded through funding from USAID.


Last updated: August 08, 2022

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