The project ( 1996-2001 - US$22 million
credit ) was uniquely designed as a risk management
instrument - it conceived the establishment of a viable,
government-run system of drought management, through early
warning systems, contingency plans, mitigation and quick
response. The design also devolved responsibility to the
district and community level, encouraging civil servants and
other district development actors to empower local
communities in the design and implementation of development
projects. The project built on the experience of others
before it such as the Netherlands-supported Drought
Management Project ( DMP ) and subsequently, the Drought
Preparedness, Intervention and Recovery Project ( DPIRP ).
The IDA-financed Emergency Drought Recovery Project (EDRP )
also provided useful insights.