Developing Risk Awareness through Joint Action (DARAJA)

Project Overview

The project also assessed the availability and access to climate information in the target communities.

The project was delivered by Resurgence and aims to address vulnerability to extreme weather and climate impacts in rapidly-growing informal urban settlements. Resurgence worked with intermediaries in Nairobi (Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI)) and Dar es Salaam (Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI)) to build their expertise and the range of tools available to them. Together they created a framework and toolkit to underpin a new communication system for the creation, flow and use of weather and climate information in East African urban centres.

DARAJA aimed to improve the climate resilience of 20% of residents of informal settlements (approximately 800,000 people), and to achieve a 5-10% reduction in measurable avoidable losses caused by extreme weather events in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi through the improved use of climate information services.


Project overview presentation

DARAJA overview leaflet


Defining and Looking Beyond Weather and Climate Information Services (WCIS) for residents of informal settlements - January 2019

Forging a common understanding: Q&A with Vera Bukachi - March 2019

Creating a shared platform for forecasters, community, media and city governments - April 2019

Helping national forecasters gain critical insights - April 2019

DARAJA: reflections and observations blog - January 2022

Other news and resources from DARAJA

River dig social media post and photos - September 2019

How Kigogo has benefitted from TMA’s severe weather forecasts - September 2019

Improving weather and climate information in informal urban settlements - December 2019

Weather forecasting in Nairobi - December 2019

Building bridges in East Africa - December 2019

Forecast based action video - fire and electrocution risk - January 2020

Weather Mtaani website - March 2020 

Plan your business according to the weather - March 2020

Weather Mtaani video - May 2020

DARAJA in the news - August 2020

Meet Kenya’s new ‘weather forecasters’ in Nairobi slums - August 2020

How Youth Activists Are Averting Weather Crises In Slums - August 2020

Meet Kenya’s new ‘weather forecasters’ in Nairobi slums - August 2020

Residents turn into entrepreneurs through improved weather services - September 2020

DARAJA outcomes : African leaders highlight weather service achievements - September 2020

DARAJA: Development of locally accurate weather forecasts - October 2020

Street Art inspires communities to take climate action in Kenya - October 2020

Resurgence wins at the British Expertise International Awards 2020 - October 2020

DARAJA: Development of locally accurate weather forecasts - October 2020

DARAJA study: Co-designing Weather and Climate Information Services - November 2020

Resurgence recognised for collaborative weather communication project - November 2020

The Story of DARAJA: Resurgence and KDI commission top African creative - November 2020

DARAJA climate ambition videos - December 2020 - EmmahJamesJosephPatriciaPhilipPrisca

DARAJA impact results - December 2020

Released: Impact results from Africa’s most inclusive city climate, weather & early warning service - December 2020

Kenya: Slum Weather Data Project Wins Praises - December 2020

Weather warning and forecast service brings benefits to East African nations - December 2020

The Story of DARAJA and James - January 2021

Film on pioneering weather service for African communities premieres globally - January 2021

DARAJA climate ambition – Stella - February 2021

DARAJA climate ambition – Dr Tim - February 2021

We need cash to adapt, Kenyan slum dwellers tell COP26 president - March 2021

Bridge the Gap - page 10 - April 2021

DARAJA Project Infographic - Impacts - July 2021

DARAJA Project Summary - July 2021

You may also be interested in the following websites:

African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) 

Building Resilience & Adaptation to Climate Extremes & Disaster (BRACED)

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA)