Crisis Management Commitee

Given the periodic occurrence of unexpected events that affect the political, humanitarian and socio-economic development environment in Kenya, a Government/Development Partner Joint Crisis Management Committee mechanism has been established to facilitate development partner’s engagement and dialogue with Government in crisis situations.

A crisis and risk management mechanism is recommended in form of an ad hoc committee of the Development Partnership Forum to address various types of crisis - political, humanitarian and natural disaster, development, and economic which may affect development goals in Kenya.


  • To ensure lines of communication are kept open in the event of future shocks in the Kenyan context that may, directly or indirectly, affect development.
  • To enhance mutual accountability in the Development Partner/Government relations by consulting broadly through a structure that facilitates Development Partner/Government exchange of views when action may be taken that could have implications for aid flows.
  • To create a forum/mechanism where information can be cross-checked and business of government can be carried on as far as possible without major disruptions.

The convening of a Joint Crisis Management Committee may be triggered by any of the following:

  • Political Crisis
  • Humanitarian Crisis / Natural Disaster
  • Development Program Delivery Crisis (incl. Financial Mismanagement)
  • Economic Crisis
  • Scandals relating to administration of donor aid in the country

Membership and Method for calling Committee into Action:

  • Any member of the Aid Effectiveness Group (AEG) can raise an issue that they deem to be a crisis with the AEG Co-Chairs, who will then quickly determine if one of the above triggers has been set off and alert the Donor Coordination Group (DCG) and Government Coordination Group (GCG) to call the ad hoc committee into action. The AEG will, therefore, also be tasked with monitoring early warning signs of risks and potential impacts.
  • The GCG and DCG will each nominate three representatives in advance who will form the membership of this joint standing committee. Membership will include three Permanent Secretaries and three Heads of Missions/Agencies. Other expertise may be brought in as deemed necessary by the committee.
  • The six (6) members of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee will then convene within a week or less of receiving the raised alarm from the AEG.

Functions of the Committee:

  • Ensure consultative discussions of crises to facilitate evidence based decision making.
  • Verify and harmonise crises related information and statistics received from GoK and DPs and to consult relevant experts as needed.
  • Mediate differences and, promote joint positions and communiqués.
  • Liaise with the Ministry of State for Special Programmes (MoSSP) and the Directorate for Humanitarian Response regarding humanitarian crises and natural disasters to facilitate dialogue and engagement on linking short and long term actions and on consistency of information and figures from line ministries and MoSSP. 
  • Adhere to principles of engagement laid out in the signed Joint Statement of Intent and the signed Partnership Principles.

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