The State Department for Arid and Semi Arid Lands formulates policies that fast-track development of ASAL areas to reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities as envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya. It implements special programmes for the promotion of social-economic development, provides food relief, supports rehabilitation of street families and mobilises communities to participate in their development
The State Department upholds the following core values:
- Accountability and Transparency
- Participatory Approach and inclusiveness
Executive order No.1 of June 2018,stipulates the functions of the State Department for Development of the ASALS as :
1.Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Policy
2.Cordination of Planning,and Development for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands.
3.Implementation of Special Programmes for Development of Arid and Semi-Arid Areas.
4.Implementation of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Programmes.
5.Co-ordinating Research for sustainable Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Resource Management,Development and Livelihoods.
6.Promotion of Livestock Development and Value addition of Resources within Arid and Semi-Arid Areas.
7.Enhancing Livelihood Resilience of Pastoral and Agro Pastoral Communities.
8.Co-ordinating Responses Against Drought and Desertification.
9.Peace Building and Conflict Management within Arid and Semi-Arid Areas.
10.Development Response to Displacement Impact.
11.Management and Promotion of Integrated Cross Border Activities in identified ASAL Counties