Mother and child refugees in KenyaMako, 13, holds her sister Asho in Ifo 2 camp, after fleeing violence in Somalia and flooding in Kenya © UNHCR/B. Bannon

The situation in Kenya

The humanitarian situation across East Africa is one of the most urgent in the world. Ongoing droughts and unpredictable weather patterns, coupled with protracted conflicts in many regions, have left millions of people malnourished, without secure livelihoods and increasingly susceptible to natural and man-made crises.
Never has there been a more urgent time to ensure that aid workers responding to food crises, natural emergencies or conflict have the essential skills they need.

Our programme

RedR UK’s East African Hub opened in Kenya in October 2011, focusing on training and capacity building, strengthening the resilience of humanitarian actors in Kenya and East Africa to best meet the needs of the affected populations they work for.
We have a substantial resource pool of highly experienced and professional humanitarian experts and trainers; 42 on the East Africa register, both local and international (including trainers who teach in Somali, French, Kiswahili as well as English).

Some of our current activities

  • An ECHO-funded Security training programme in collaboration with the International NGO Safety Organization (INSO).

  • An Emergency Response Fund funded programme to provide essential staff safety and security knowledge for UNHCR partners in Dadaab.

We also offer a broad range of tailor made trainings for agencies, including CARE Kenya, Save the Children, NRC, UNICEF, Diakonie, VSO, GAA, Kenya Red Cross, etc.

Our Kenya office is based in Nairobi.

Our achievements in 2012

  • Delivered 62 courses covering 12 topics.

  • Offered trainings in 3 locations: Nairobi, Dadaab, and Garissa.

  • Trained 990 staff from 17 international agencies.

  • 50% of trainees were national staff.

  • 96% of participants rated the course ‘excellent or very good’ on improvement of skills and knowledge.

  • 94% of participants rated the course ‘excellent or very good’ on relevance to humanitarian work.

Our courses

The courses we run in Kenya include both open courses and tailor-made courses fit for junior, mid and senior level staff. 

> View a list of courses running in Kenya

The courses cover the following topics:

  • Safety & Security: Computer Security for NGOs, Election Preparedness: Safety & Security, Field Travel Safety, Management of Staff Safety, Personal Security for Humanitarianism, Security Management, Security Management in the Field
  • Logistics & Technical Support: Camp Management, CASH in Emergencies, Field Logistics in Emergencies, Technology in Emergencies, WASH Essentials in Emergencies
  • Staff Welfare: Human Resource Management, Staff Welfare
  • Project Management: Needs Assessment in Emergencies, Proposal & Report Writing, Proposal Writing, Remote Management, Report Writing, Training of Trainers
  • Disaster Risk Reduction: Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction

For more information about our courses in Kenya take a look at our training calendar or contact us directly at

Funded in part by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid department.




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