BASELINE EVALUATION FOR THE STRENGTHENING ECONOMIC PROSPECTS OF UNDER PRIVILEGED POPULATIONS (STEP UP) PROJECT.

Strengthening Economic Prospects of Underprivileged Populations in Kilifi and Tana River Counties of Kenya (STEP UP) is a 24-month project

Strengthening Economic Prospects of Underprivileged Populations in Kilifi and Tana River Counties of Kenya (STEP UP) is a 24-month project that aims to improve education, food security and livelihoods, and water and sanitation situations in Kilifi and Tana River Counties in Kenya.

The project aims to improve school infrastructure, provide adequate learning materials and equipment, and improve sanitation facilities in primary schools to increase access, retention, and transition of learners in basic education.

It also aims to reduce unemployment by supporting young adults with modern farming and fishing skills through training, farm tools, and market linkage, improving income and food security for the targeted communities. Additionally, the project plans to construct earth pans that will improve household access to water for farming and livestock use. Further, interventions around the WASH component of the project are expected to improve access to clean and safe potable water in Kilifi and Tana River Counties by improving access to solarized boreholes, dams (earth pans), improved sanitation facilities in primary schools, and at the community level, as well as training water users’ associations on efficient management of water resources.

The baseline study would then seek to establish each of the project outcomes areas, provide information against which to monitor and assess the project’s activity progress, effectiveness during implementation, and against which the final evaluation will be measured.