This case study explores factors that enable effective collaboration and coordination for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG) initiative in northern Kenya. The study focuses on the period from 2016–2019, but also includes precursor initiatives to PREG (from 2013) as well as the partnering approach that continued during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
The study provides lessons on the opportunities and challenges for achieving greater stakeholder collaboration and activity sustainability and institutionalization in the next phase of PREG. The learning is also relevant for other operational contexts facing recurrent crises. It does not offer simple or prescriptive solutions, but insights into the emergent practice of building resilience as a partnership and as a complex adaptive system.