Feature Film on pioneering weather and early warning service for African Informal Settlements premieres to a global audience
London, United Kingdom: A feature film, The story of DARAJA and James, has been selected to premiere globally and virtually by the organisers of the world’s first Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021 that will be attended by several Heads of State in the Netherlands on the 25th January.
Leading Kenyan filmmaker, Ondivow, has teamed up with James Kirika, a local community leader, to tell the story of how DARAJA, Africa’s most inclusive urban weather forecasting and early warning system, was created. Ondivow follows James through the alleyways of his informal settlement, “slum”, in Kibera, Nairobi. The filmmaker accompanies James into the national weather agency, the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) the local radio station, Pamoja FM, two organisations that have played a key role in DARAJA.
In Nairobi alone, 98% of the residents state that they use DARAJA information services to prepare for high impact weather through actions that avoid damage and loss including: repairing their homes, moving possessions to a safe place and clearing household and community drains.
The film will be introduced by Patricia Nying‘uro, Climate Scientist and Chief Meteorologist at the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) focal point for Kenya and a key partner in the DARAJA service. The CAS talk where the film will premiere at 18:45 CET (UTC+1) on the 25th January, will be hosted by the presenter and broadcaster of BBC World’s What’s Up Africa, Ikenna Azuike.
British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott OBE, says, “Delighted to see the story of Daraja and changemakers like James front and centre at the Climate Adaptation Summit. Building adaptation and resilience is one of the UK’s key focus areas for our COP Presidency. This is a great example of how a Kenya-UK partnership to build resilience to climate shocks is making a difference.”
(Kenyan Filmaker Ondivow on location with James in Kibera, Nairobi)
The Story of DARAJA and James
In the film, co-produced by Resurgence and its Kenyan partner, Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), James’s interactions with key actors in the project – a community coordinator from KDI, KMD meteorologists, Red Cross climate scientists and radio station chiefs – allow Ondivow’s camera to capture some very candid discussions on the challenges and transformational progress made on providing his fellow residents with improved weather forecasts and early warning services.
“We have worked with Ondivow for some time and we know he is one of the great film talents in Kenya today. His intimate knowledge of Kibera meant he was really well suited to demonstrate our work on DARAJA.”, says Pascal Mukanga, Planning Coordinator, KDI.
Press Preview of the Film available here.
Register to the CAS 2021 virtual event and watch The Story of DARAJA and James film live, here.
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Information about DARAJA:
DARAJA is a UK FCDO (UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) funded project of the Met Office-led Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Programme.
DARAJA aims to improve the climate resilience of vulnerable populations living in informal settlements in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya by building bridges between communities and weather and climate information providers.
DARAJA has been delivered to date in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam by Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) in Nairobi, the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) in Dar es Salaam, Resurgence, the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) and array of key local community partners, leaders and stakeholders.
- Residents through DARAJA services now access advanced and accurate weather, early warning and climate information (typically reserved for those in the agriculture and maritime sector). In Nairobi’s informal settlements access has risen from 56% to 93% within 18 months;
- 98% of surveyed residents now take action to avoid household loss (e.g. clearing community drains) as a result of accessing DARAJA services;
- 72% of surveyed residents state that they avoided personal damage and loss due to early warning weather information provided via DARAJA (e.g. saving income, protecting their household, clothing, beds, furniture etc);
- The net potential economic benefits to both Nairobi and Dar es Salaam over the 2 year project, in a new report by a UK Met Office consultant economist, are estimated over 10 years to be US$24 million to US$43 million, against a total project cost of under US$1 million.
In 5 years the DARAJA service aims to be available for 250 million residents of informal settlements in 30 cities across the globe.
DARAJA is receiving additional support to scale out of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam into other global cities, from the EIT Climate-KIC, the EU‘s leading public private climate innovation partnership.
Information about the Kenyan Filmmaker, ONDIVOW:
Ondivow, is an award winning filmmaker and photographer, based in Kibera, Nairobi.
Ondivow has a range of commercial and public sector clients including: LG Electronics E.A, Infinix Mobile, the German Embassy in Kenya, and the first Kenyan to make the recent Grammy Awards Consideration List, the award winning recording artist, Octopizzo.
With less than a week to go until the Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) 2021, the event organisers have announced a number of high-level speakers for their opening session. Contributions include: the German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron, British prime minister Boris Johnson, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, Dutch infrastructure and water management minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Ban Ki-moon of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva, First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, Bangladeshi president Sheikh Hasina, Aruban prime minister Evelyn Wever-Croes, Indian president Narendra Modi, Indonesian president Joko Widodo and many, many more. In addition the leaders of Chile, China, Costa Rica, Rwanda and Vietnam will also join in, together with the audience and many other experts.