KCDF is a Kenyan development grant-making organization, founded and registered in 1997 as a public foundation, that supports communities to initiate and drive their development agenda by harnessing and growing their resources as well as securing their basic rights and services from duty bearers.
KCDF works with poor, marginalised and disadvantaged communities as its primary target group and looks to provide them support in uplifting themselves from their situation through their own efforts. A secondary target group involves organised communities who are focused in looking to uplift themselves in a sustainable manner through asset building.
KCDF thus invests significant resources to build, strengthen and sustain the core capacities of these communities by developing thoughtful, long-term collaborations with other actors such as governments, non–profit organisations, the business sector and individuals to achieve social justice.
All communities giving and working together in prosperity.
Promoting sustainable development of communities for social justice, through institution building, partnerships, resource mobilisation and policy influencing.
KCDF believes and upholds the fundamental freedoms and rights as contained in the International Charter on Human Rights and The Constitution of Kenya. These rights and values include:
- Social Justice and Equity: Everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities
- Respect: The rights and dignity of every human being irrespective of their social standing
- Integrity: Transparency, accountability and efficiency in our dealings with others
- Partnerships: Working with other partners and collaborators in a dedicated manner to the achievement of common targets and goals
- Innovation: Reflection, learning, innovation and striving to evolve, promote and share best practices with others
Our Strategic Niche
KCDF’s strategic niche is in promoting a model that enhances growth and sustainability of communities by their strong engagement in owning and driving their development efforts, through capacity development, community philanthropy and local resource mobilization.
Our Thematic Focus
- Livelihoods, Environment and Climate Change Adaptation
- Children Education and Youth
- Partnerships, Policy and Communication
- Capacity Development and Organisational Development
Where We Work
KCDF believes strongly in the ability of the communities to identify and drive their own development agenda. As such, KCDF responds to requests or demands that emanates from these communities. KCDF therefore, ensures that its interventions have a national perspective by covering a diverse number of regions and counties.
The KCDF model for community development is a unique one that is now globally recognized as a best practice and awarded during the Dubai International Awards for Best Practices in 2008 for outstanding contribution towards improving the living environment.
KCDF has received the 2013 Total Eco Challenge Silver Award for exceptional and sustained achievement in planting trees and conserving forests in Kenya through its thematic area focusing on environment and climate change adaptation.
KCDF has received the VIWANGO Gold Award certificate of excellence 2017-2020, for exemplary achievement in upholding and implementing the Kenya Civil Society Organizations' Quality Standards. Certification by Viwango signifies that an organization has demonstrated sufficient implementation of Kenya CSO standards through a process that includes a rigorous assessment on a standard-by-standard basis. It aims to attest that the CSO is professionally run, has sufficient management capacity, sound systems, policies, accountability structures and linkages. This makes it capable of delivering quality development outcomes, sustaining the impact of its work and providing appropriate stewardship of the resources entrusted to it.
KCDF has received the first 2019 Epic Africa African Civil Society Organisation Excellence Awards, winner category for Financial Health and Management as well as Communications. The awards highlight the importance of organizational capacity to achieve program impact and improve the well-being of Africa’s citizens, and also crucially, helping to start an important conversation in Africa about CSO transparency and accountability.