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Technical Support to the Kenyan Livestock Insurance Project (KLIP)

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Project Description

Building on the Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) program that launched as a pilot in Marsabit County of Northern Kenya in January 2010, the IBLI team has been invited to offer technical assistance to the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to support the establishment of a large-scale public-private partnership for agricultural insurance. The Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP) represents the Government of Kenya’s commitment to sustainably scale the provision of IBLI across all 14 Arid Counties of Kenya where the pastoral production system is the dominant livelihood and drought-related livestock mortality is the main source of vulnerability.

Research Overview

Beginning in 2015, the World Bank Group worked closely with the IBLI team under the livestock insurance component led by the State Department of Livestock. That work culminated in the launch of the KLIP program in October 2015 with initial insurance cover offered to 5,000 households in Turkana and Wajir counties.

Leveraging ILRI’s experience in pioneering the IBLI program, ILRI continues to offer technical and implementation assistance to the State Department of Livestock and stakeholders to drive the sustainable scaling of KLIP across the intended 14 Arid Counties.

With a generally broad mandate and leeway to adapt the best fit model for supporting the development of the KLIP program over the project’s term, the following list summarizes some of the core elements of the IBLI team’s contribution: 

  1. Support institutional capacity. Support the building of institutional capacity within the State Department of Livestock KLIP Program Management Unit and help develop and coordinate strategic partnerships among stakeholders (e.g., county governments, insurers, reinsurers, financial institutions, data providers, regulators, etc.).

  2. Product design. Develop and continuously enhance product design for livestock insurance in close consultation with private insurers and the State Department of Livestock, and build generalized capacity to design, monitor, and execute KLIP contracts.

  3. Stakeholder education and awareness creation. Design extension tools and support training, education, and awareness campaigns for informed participation and uptake.

  4. Monitoring and Evaluation. Support the State Department of Livestock to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework and assist in its execution.

  5. Knowledge Management. Develop knowledge management products to communicate the key lessons learned under KLIP to other governments and interested stakeholders in the region and beyond.

Implementing Partners

Funded by

The World Bank Group

Project Timeline

January 2016 - Current


Francesco Fava

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