State Department for Development of the ASALS

Mr. Micah Pkopus Powon, CBS, PS – ASAL


The State Department for Development of the ASALs (SDDA) was established through Executive Order No. 1 of June 2018 (Revised) following the reorganization of Government. Its precursor, the Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands, was established in 2008 in conformity with Agenda 4 of the National Accord and Reconciliation Act. The SDDA is a special vehicle for affirmative action, mainstreaming development issues of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALS), coordinating, implementing and fast-tracking investment for long term sustainable development.


The mandate of the State Department is to formulate and implement policies and strategies that fast-track development of ASAL areas to reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities.


Prosperous and resilient communities with sustainable livelihood systems in ASALS.


To coordinate for formulation and implementation of policies and Strategies to enhance socio-economic development and sustainable livelihoods in the ASALS.

Core Values

The State Department upholds the following core values:

  • Inclusivity
  • Equity and equality
  • Innovativeness and creativity
  • Integrity


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

State Department for ASAL