Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) has been implementing the Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (Kenya-RAPID) Phase 1 program (2015 -2020) funded by multiple donors, private sector partners, and MWA members. The program’s focus has broadly been on applying a multiple actor approach (public and private institutions) to mobilize and provide resources, assets, investments, innovation, and access to markets. 

Nascent RDO was contracted to conduct a Gender Assessment Study to enhance a deeper understanding of how gender dynamics/trajectories influence access, control, and ownership to water, rangeland resources, and services in target (ASAL) areas of Garissa, Wajir, Isiolo, Turkana, and Marsabit, so as to ensure implementation of an engendered intervention. The gender assessment explored, identified, and analyzed unequal power relations between men and women and how these are linked to unequal access to resources and opportunities. The study also examined gender gaps, needs, and constraints of women and men including differently located boys and girls, and youth.