KCDF@20 Conference:
Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience


Durable development focuses on meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The growing call for local ownership in development is increasingly evident now more than ever with the changing contexts of civic space; existence of a devolved system of governance; increased civic awareness among Kenyan citizens; and the re-categorized of Kenya as a lower- middle-income country. At the international level, the interest around sustainable development has led to the recognition of the need to change development thinking to ensure inclusion and participation of all concerned in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

For global development to truly endure and provide lasting solutions for vulnerable populations, it must trust and empower local communities to identify, prioritize and address their own needs.
Having local people involved in development as key donor partners is an opportunity to enhance sustainability prospects and broaden the arena for participation in development. With the expanded space for more actors to engage at the local level, there is an opportunity to further local development investments and capitalize on local resources.

Communities, through community philanthropy organizations around the world, act every day to improve the wellbeing of their own most marginalized citizens. They do so by understanding real Community needs through their deep networks of formal and informal organizations, unlocking local resources and assets to address those needs and operating in a transparent manner that is directly accountable to the populations they serve.

Durable development requires local power and inclusion, and this can only be achieved with communities at the center of their own development.


Since its inception, KCDF has been working with communities to build their confidence and capacities in taking charge of their own development processes. Through our work with communities on local resource mobilization, capacity development and grants management, we have seen the growth of communities from levels of dependency on external support to becoming resilient communities that are proactively responding to development challenges at their local levels.

As part of celebrating its 20 years of working with communities, KCDF hosted a conference themed Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience, that aimed at enriching discussions on development practices that promote local ownership and appreciate homegrown solutions. The conference also aimed at influencing development thinking towards supporting local models that promote durable development. The conference brought together a rich and diverse group of stakeholders (communities, local and international non-profits, government agencies, funding partners, private sector actors and academia among others) to deliberate and foster conversations on effective and people-led sustainable approaches to development in Kenya and beyond.

The core objectives of the conference were to:

  • Bring together a diverse set of development actors, governments and academia from Kenya and beyond, to explore effective interventions in implementing sustainable development projects.
  • Shift the field of development and philanthropy towards a new paradigm of “people based development” while giving primacy to building local assets, capacities and trust of communities (#ShiftThePower).
  • Share case studies and working models on emerging community development practices from national and international organizations.
  • Present innovative development delivery practices in areas such as devolved decision-making, grant-making, local asset mobilization and multi-stakeholder governance.
  • Deliberate on accountability of the civil society sector in delivering their mandates while exploring possibilities of establishing a self-assessment/voluntary standards certification body.

In line with the objectives, the conference focused on the following key discussion areas:

  • Exploring on durable development: with a focus on the existing opportunities and innovation on durable development, the foreseen challenges that hinder achievement of durable development.
  • Shifting power to communities: with a focus on the ideologies, principles and techniques that are undertaken by various non-profits towards empowering themselves and their communities to take charge of their development and their own sustainability. Also exploring innovating local solutions to address local challenges/problems; and what it will take to shifting the power of decision-making, building innovation and bold action towards durable development.
  • Rethinking development practices that build assets and build community resilience: Looking at diverse, long-term investments and sustainable practices amongst the communities and the nonprofit sector. Build an appreciation and support local models promote durable development. 




CONFERENCE THEME: Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience

DATES: 22nd & 23rd June 2017


DAY ONE: June 22, 2017
Moderator: Mwihaki Muraguri, Principal, Paukwa House (Kenya)




8.00 – 8.50 am



9.00 - 9.30 am

OFFICIAL OPENING: Durable Development: Shifting the Power, Building Community Resilience

Opening Remarks: Maurice Makoloo – Eastern Africa Regional Representative, Ford Foundation (Kenya)

The session is an opportunity to set the stage on the theme of the conference, with a focus on:

- The relevance of the theme on practically all areas of our social economic life, in pursuing development that lasts, based on sound principles, good and practicing policies. 

- Recognizing the place & critical role of philanthropy in all its forms, as a key pillar for driving durable development.

- Ideas on how shifting the power can truly happen through different stakeholder interventions.

9.20 -9.40 am

SESSION ONE: Durable Development – Moving from Talking to Action!


A short inspiration speech from Bishop Titus Masika – Founder and Director, Christian Impact Mission (Kenya)

- This session preceded by a short video clip at the start of the conference will bring to the fore the core element of the conference conversation through a short inspiration from a local leader, who is using their experience and passion, to promote durable development in their space. It calls for participants to engage, be practical and realistic as possible in the discussions and on actions, they will take away from the conference.


9.40 - 10.45 am


Moderator: Mwihaki Muraguri – Principal, Paukwa House (Kenya)


The session will break down what the key elements are that promote/hinder durable development. It is an opportunity to provoke thinking and challenge development practitioners in responding to:

- What are key marks of durable development? Is it real and achievable? What are the key guiding principles?

- What challenge shave we experienced that hinder sustainable development?

- What support can be given to local institutions to help them achieve durable development?

1st Panelist: Degan Ali – Executive Director - Adeso African Development Solutions (ADESO)

- The Panelist will share insights on AID delivery, funding patterns challenges and their aftermath. She will try to give insights on how to reduce negative impact, what we should be doing more of to transfer power back to communities.

2nd Panelist: Bishop Titus Masika – Executive Director, Christian Impact Mission (Kenya)

- The Panelist advocates for mind-set shift to empower communities to build community resilience and will share some practical tips drawn from the work in Yatta, Kenya.

3rd Panelist: Janet Mawiyoo – Executive Director, KCDF (Kenya)

- The Panelist will share key philosophies that underpinned the establishment and way of working of KCDF over the last 20 years. She will share some of the choices that KCDF has taken over the years in demonstration of this commitment.

10.45 - 11.15 am


11.15 am - 12.45 pm

SESSION TWO:  Thinking Differently & Acting Boldly Even Against the ‘Tide’


Facilitator: Prof Tade Aina - Executive Director, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) – Kenya

- A plenary discussion that highlights what it takes to think differently – shifting the power, being creative about resource building and taking bold action, in order to focus on their set agenda.

- Panelists will share innovative approaches to building organizational assets for their sustainability in order to support their development work. 

1st Panelist:

Jane Wathome  – Director, Beacon of Hope (Kenya)


- Jane shares on how she has been able to ride on her passion, on and off donor funds to build a local organization, Beacon of Hope. The organization is responding to healthcare provision of low-income communities in informal settlements, playing a critical role in addressing youth & women livelihoods. At the same time, she shares how she has continued to build the organization as a sustainable institution that is responding to local needs.

2nd Panelist:

Bongiwe  Njobe - Trustee, Kagiso Trust (South Africa)

- Bongiwe will be sharing insights on the direction Kagiso Trust took to take back the power through working in ways that they believed would best build and advance communities in South Africa. She will share their experiences in pursuing a non -traditional approach of building assets to support their work post the apartheid period.

3rd Panelist:

Jenny Hodgson -  Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF)

- Jenny will share her experiences from around the globe on shifting the power to communities while helping the audience get a fresh feel on stories from different parts of the world where this movement is taking root.   

12.45-2.00 pm


2.00 – 3.30 pm

SESSION THREE: Building Assets, Building Community Power

Concurrent Workshops:

Moderator: Mwihaki Muraguri – Principal, Paukwa House (Kenya)

- These series of workshops focus on the ideologies, principles and techniques undertaken by various non-profits towards empowering themselves and their communities to take charge of their own development and sustainability.  It is an opportunity for participants to gain some practical skills to apply on building their assets for development. 

Workshop 1:

- Facilitator: Tom Were, Development Expert (Kenya)


- Sibusiso Zwane - Executive Manager, Operations and Finance Southern Africa Trust (South Africa)


- Francis Kamau – Chief Operating Officer, KCDF Investments Holding (Kenya)

The Ups and Downs of Building Organizational Assets:

- The workshop presenters will share the story behind organizations that have undertaken different strategies they are pursuing towards financial sustainability and freedom, and the associated challenges.

Workshop 2:

- Facilitator: Irungu Houghton, Associate Director, Society for International Development (Kenya)


Matsobane Sexwale: Programme Management, Research & Strategy Head - Kagiso Trust (South Africa)


- Eunice Fedha, Director - Council of Governors Secretariat (Kenya)

Using Financial Flexibility to Leverage Government Resources:

Matsobane will share how Kagiso Trust uses their own financial flexibility to influence systemic changes in the Education sector in several counties/provinces in South Africa and how communities are involved.

- Eunice will explore emerging opportunities for CSO’s in Kenya to engage devolved governments to achieve durable development.

Workshop 3:

Facilitator: Evans Okinyi, Chief Executive Officer, East African Association of Grantmakers - EAAG (Kenya)


- Bishop Titus Masika – Executive Director, Christian Impact Mission (Kenya)

- Rosemary Gachara – Programme Coordinator, KAWE (Kenya)

- Nelson Kirrokor - Manager,  Nkoilale Community Development Organization – NCDO (Kenya)

When Power Shifts to Communities…

- The workshop will look at local examples of communities taking leadership in creating sustainable livelihoods, environmental protection in Yatta. Two other non-profits, Nkoilale Community Development Organisation (NCDO) in Narok County and Kenya Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy (KAWE), operating at the national level will demonstrate how they are able to demand for better services and accountability of government resources in meeting the needs of people with epilepsy.  

3.30 – 4.00 pm


4.00  – 4.45 p.m.

SESSION FOUR: Committing to Shifting the Power

Plenary session:

Facilitator: Jenny Hodgson - Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF)



A mapping exercise will be undertaken to get a sense of the linkages and different relationships that exist amongst the actors in the room.

This final session of the day highlights issues for action in order to Build Resilient Communities and Shift the Power. It will consolidate the resolutions and conclusions drawn from the day’s deliberations.

The session is an opportunity to:

- Develop consensus around challenges to overcome in Africa in order to create community resilience.

- Highlight practical steps for action.

- Get a sense of how far we are to desired actions through a polling mechanism.

5.30 – 7.00 pm





DAY 2: June 23, 2017
Moderator for the day – Irungu Houghton, Associate Director, Society for International Development (SID) 




9.00 – 9.15 am


SESSION FIVE: Leading by Example - Building Credible Local Institutions as Critical to Advancing Development

Plenary Session:

Facilitator: Briggs Bomba– Trust Africa (Zimbabwe)

- The session is an opportunity for participants to gain knowledge from the reflections of three inspirational leaders who have become champions in challenging environments and have built reputable and leading institutions in their countries.

9.15 – 9.30 am


Discussant 1:

Dr. Rita Thapa - Founder, Tewa – Women's Fund (Nepal) &

Chairperson - Global Fund for Community Foundations.


- The session will kick off with Rita giving an inspirational piece on her experience in founding TEWA Women's Fund in Nepal. She will share what it has taken to build a local and sustainable institution and the associated challenges.


9.30 – 10.00 am

Discussant 2:

Rev. Frank Chikane – President of the Apostolic Faith Mission International, Chairperson – Kagiso Trust and Former Director General in the Office of the President and Secretary of Cabinet under President Thabo Mbeki (South Africa)


- An interview with Rev. Chikane will draw his reflections on his long experience in top leadership positions in South Africa especially under President Thabo Mbeki, sharing his experiences in leading by example and learning to be innovative finding unusual solutions to some of the challenging issues that African leaders face.

- Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how non-profits can draw from this experience to, build value driven leaders in the social justice/development field.


10.00 - 10.30 am

Feedback from the Audience


10.30 – 11.00 am


11.00 am – 12.30 pm

SESSION SIX: Growing community resilience: Growing Diverse partnerships & Collaborations.

Concurrent Workshops:

Moderator: Irungu Houghton, Associate Director, Society for International Development (SID) 

This will be three interactive workshops for participants to gain practical knowledge, examples from around the world and tips on how to build alternative resourcing of community programmes.

Workshop 1:

Facilitator: Matt Reeves - Global Lead-Civil Society, Aga Khan Development Network (Kenya)


- Robert Wiggers – Deputy Director, Wilde Ganzen Foundation (Netherlands)

- Luana Almeida - CESE Foundation (Brazil)

- Caesar Ngule – Team Leader, KCDF – (Kenya)

Communities as Donors: Testimonies from Brazil, India and Kenya

- The session will explore on how development partners can collaborate with southern (local) organizations in promoting community philanthropy, in order to respond to local needs. Presenters will demonstrate how communities in India, Brazil and Kenya are growing assets for their prosperity and how this is empowering communities to be more civic aware and engage in decision-making processes.

Workshop 2:

Facilitator: Stigmata Tenga, Vice Chair – African Philanthropy Network and President, Foundation for Civil Society. (Tanzania)


- Nienke Nuyens – Projects Coordinator, Wilde Ganzen Foundation (Netherlands)

- Purity Murugu – Corporate Partnerships Officer, KCDF (Kenya)

- Phyllis Ombonyo – Community Philanthropy Manager, Aga Khan Foundation for East Africa (Kenya)


Growing a Winning Brand for Local Support

- This workshop will aim at helping CSOs see the need to invest in building a local brand that enhances their credibility for local support while demonstrating the impact of their work

- It will also share tips around maximizing on board networks to build fruitful partnerships with private sector, high net-worth individuals as well as ordinary individuals as critical to resourcing their work.


Workshop 3:

Facilitator: Tom Olila, Lead Advisor, Strategic Connections Limited and Board Member, KCDF.


- Regina Utita Opondo - Executive Secretary at the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium –CRECO (Kenya)

- Caren Kiptoo - Viwango (Kenya)


Working inside out: Civil society Response to the Shrinking Space

- The session aims at helping organizations reflect on themselves to improve their effectiveness and increase their public credibility. The session will also explore how a CSO driven self-assessment process mechanism like VIWANGO can be a tool to improve public perception of the sector and increase local support including from Government.  

- Participants will also explore how CSO’s can address emerging challenges of reduced funding and shrinking public space for their work.

12.30 – 1.45 pm


1.45 – 3.00 pm

SESSION SEVEN: Bridging the Divide Between the Corporate and the Non-Profit Sectors

Plenary session:

Facilitator: Sonia Rasugu - Trustee, Ufadhili Trust

- The session focuses on breaking barriers between the corporate and non-profit sectors and bring to the fore concerns that hinder effective partnership of these two sectors in achieving durable development.

- It also aims at helping corporates understand the perspectives of the non-profit sector and vice-versa. On the inverse, it will try to help non-profits understand some elements that can enrich their work borrowed from the profit-making sector especially in promoting value for money and sustainable interventions.

- Three private sector Panelist and three non-profit sector Panelists will have a lively, honest and friendly debate.

- Sanda Ojiambo – Head Corporate Responsibility, Safaricom (Kenya)

- Mike Njeru – Managing Trustee, KENGEN (Kenya)

- Kgotso Schoeman – Chief Executive Officer, Kagiso Capital (South Africa)

- Charles Njoroge –Trust Secretary, Edumed Trust (Kenya)

- Dr. Mary Kinoti - Chief Executive Offifer, Riziki Kenya (Kenya)

- Swatantra Gupta, General Manager, Corporate Partnerships & Alliances, Smile Foundation (India)

3.00-3.25 pm


3.25 – 4.45 pm


Moderators: Irungu Houghton and Mwihaki Muraguri

- Review the Mapping Exercise and Present the Emerging Picture

- Rallying Call – Key Resolutions for Action

Appreciation and Vote of Thanks to be done by  Janet Mawiyoo, Executive Director, KCDF

4.45 p.m.


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Janet Mawiyoo 

Janet Mawiyoo is the Executive Director of KCDF and has been in the development sector, primarily with the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, having spent about 14 years with Action Aid International in both Kenya and Tanzania and has distinguished herself as a skilled development practitioner, knowledgeable on the challenges experienced in Africa and the management and delivery of good aid programmes, as well as institution building of local organizations.

She has been instrumental over the last eleven years in making KCDF a leading and recognizable Kenyan development actor that continues to commit significant resources into a diverse range of community initiatives that cut across issues affecting vulnerable communities nationally. Under her leadership, KCDF is a frontrunner in pursuing a range of sustainability strategies that will in future guarantee availability of resources to support community development efforts.

Janet is a certified Organization Development consultant, with a Masters in Development Administration and Management (MA-Econ) from the University of Manchester (UK), and a post graduate diploma in Organization Development Consultancy from the Swiss Institute of Applied Psychology, Switzerland. She serves in non-profit Boards which include Trust Africa, a Pan African philanthropic organization, the African Philanthropy Network (she is past Chair), she chairs Viwango a CSO certification body, and is a member of the INGO Accountability Charter Board (UK), a Director of the KCDF Investment Holdings, among others. In December 2015, Janet was awarded the Exemplary Women’s Leadership Award in Mauritius.


Rev. Frank Chikane

Reverend Frank Chikane is one of the founding members of Kagiso Trust and is currently its chairman. He is also chairman of the Kagiso Capital board, a member of the board of SciBono Discovery Centre and the Kagiso Shanduka Foundation Trust Advisory Committee.
He is currently a Senior Vice-President of the South African Council of Churches (SACC); Moderator of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs Relations(CCIAR).

A former Commissioner of the first Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) which was responsible for the first democratic elections in 1994; a former Director-General in the Office of the Deputy President and later the Presidency and Secretary of Cabinet; a former Chairperson of City Power Johannesburg; a former board member of Thebe Investments and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Regina Utita Opondo 

Regina Opondo is a Justice and Peace Worker with about 10 years experience in Civil Society. She is currently the Executive Secretary of the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium – CRECO. CRECO is a consortium of 23 diverse Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on democracy, governance, legal and human rights issues across Kenya. It was founded in 1998, even though its history dates as far back as 1992 when NGOs involved in human rights, democracy and governance begun to proliferate. CRECO’s membership is united in the vision of a just society is committed to promoting constitutionalism, democratic governance and institutional excellence through coordination and capacity building of CSOs.

 www.crecokenya.org; FB - CRECO; Twitter - @CRECOKenya

Regina is also the Chair of the Elections Observation Group (ELOG); ELOG is a long-term, permanent and national forum or network which comprises of CSOs, including FBOs, with the mandate of strengthening democracy in Kenya and the African Region through promoting transparent and accountable electoral processes that include public participation - www.elog.or.ke.

She is also a Co-Convenor in Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu , a citizen movement using political dialogue to support Kenya’s preparations for the 2017 elections with a view to ensuring that the country minimizes the risks related to dysfunctional electoral competition @MyVoteMyVoice
Regina is also actively involved in work around an enabling environment for civil society in Kenya through the Civil Society Reference Group (www.pboact.or.ke) where she is the Deputy Presiding Convenor and Viwango a standards mechanism for civil society in Kenya - www.viwango.org

Matsobane Sexwale

Matsobane Sexwale is currently the Head of Strategy, Programme Management and Research at Kagiso Trust. She possesses 22 years of experience in corporate and management consulting roles where her roles have included establishing executive leadership, strategic planning, people and change issues, and capacity building and business sustainability in public, private and non- government organisations.

Matsobane started her career at Standard Bank as a Human Resources generalist before moving into an internal corporate consulting role. She later joined Gemini
Consulting where she led the People and Change Discipline. In 2005, Matsobane left Gemini to co-found Resolve Strategy Consulting, where she was Executive Director until 2009, when the company transitioned to become Impact Strategy Consulting.

At Impact Strategy Consulting, Matsobane successfully created and ran a growing consulting business, where she led strategy, business repositioning and human resource engagements for clients in the public, private and non-government sectors. She remains to be a non-executive director of Impact Strategy Consulting.
Following many years of working with Kagiso Trust as a consultant, Matsobane joined the Trust in November 2016 to provide strategy support to the Trust’s executives, establish and run the Programme Management Office and to focus internal research that will continue to retain the Trust’s thought leadership position.

Dr. Rita Thapa

Rita Thapa founded and led Tewa (1995/2001), the innovative Nepal Women's Fund and Nagarik Aawaz (2001/2009) the peace-building initiative. She envisioned the Tewa Center and led all related fundraising campaigns for the same (2011 - now). She has over thirty-five years of experience as a feminist educator and a community activist. Some of her volunteer associations include being on the International Committee of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo/Sri Lanka, and SACEPS (South Asia Center for Policy Studies), Sangat, and SWAF – the South Asian Women's Fund. She is a former board member and Chair of the Global Fund for Women, and served on the Executive Board of the Urgent Action Fund. She currently serves the Board as Chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

She was named an Ashoka Fellow (1997-98), Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto (2002), and a 1000 Peace Women across the Globe.

Tom O. Olila

Mr. Tom Olila is a development practitioner with over 18 years’ experience working with a wide range of organizations drawn from diverse countries in Africa and Europe. Tom possesses strong management background more so in strategy, Governance, Projects management and Financial management. Among the areas of core competencies include undertaking, strategy reviews and development; governance strengthening, facilitating organizational development and general process facilitation.

Tom’s professional qualifications include a Master in Business Administration (Strategic Management), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), and Certified Public Accountant. He has also followed courses in Projects Management (MDF Netherlands), Social Development (CRDA, South Africa) and Organisational Development (MSTCDC, IC Consult, The Netherlands).

Tom is currently a Director/ Board member at Strategic Connections Ltd. (www.sclkenya.com), KCDF (www.kcdf.or.ke), Cordaid Kenya (www.cordaid.org/nl), International Christian Centre (www.icc-kenya.org) and FAIDA International.

Luana Nascimento Almeida


Luana Almeida is CESE´s Communication Advisor, a foundation in Brazil. Luana has a Masters Degree in Media and Communication and has vast experience in the fields of communication, advocacy, fundraising.





Jenny Hodgson

Jenny Hodgson has been the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) since 2006 when the Fund was first established as a pilot project funded by the World Bank, Ford Foundation and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She has overseen the development of the organisation from its inception as a pilot project to a fully-fledged global grantmaking fund which has disbursed over U.S. $4 million in grants to over 170 community philanthropy organisations in more than 60 countries.

Jenny has worked in the field of philanthropy and development in Uganda, Russia, Kenya, Singapore and Thailand. Jenny has a BA (Hons) in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is on the board of WINGS (Worldwide Initiative on Grantmaker Support) and the African Philanthropy Network.


 Stigmata Tenga

Stigmata Tenga is the President of the Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania, a grant-making non-for-profit organization; and an Executive Director for the Africa Philanthropy Network -a continent wide membership based infrastructure support organization of African philanthropists and innovators. APN seek to see Africa where Philanthropy is an effective force for transformative and sustainable development.

She is a board member of the Research in Poverty Alleviation Organization (REPOA) in Tanzania and the Southern Africa Trust (SAT), a grant making and capacity building organization for the Southern Africa. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr. Tenga has worked as a development advisor and facilitator for more than 20 years with the public, private and civil society sectors in the continent. Stigmata has intensively engaged and led efforts to reform and strengthen the civil society sector organizations to become catalysts for the ongoing transformation and development processes in Africa.


Sibusiso Zwane

Sibusiso Zwane is a proud African. A lover, father and a student of life; before everything else. He has worked in all aspects of Accounting, Auditing, Financial management, Risk management, Compliance and Corporate Governance.

With vast experience gained over a period of more than 19 years, having served as a Finance Manager for a number of Developmental Institutions both Local and International. He has also trained and worked with KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Sibusiso is South African and holds a B.Com Accounting from the University of Swaziland.



Mike Njeru

Mike Njeru is the Founding Managing Trustee of KenGen Foundation. He has over 30 years experience in Journalism, Corporate Communications and Philanthropy.

His career began in 1982 in electronic media later moving to the print media as an editor at the Kenya Times and the Standard. In 1989, he joined Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) as the Communications Manager. Following the restructuring of the energy sector and formal establishment of KenGen in 1997, Mike moved to head Corporate Affairs department at KenGen. His main task at that time was to give the new company a distinct corporate identity and nurture the new brand. 4 years ago, he moved from KenGen to set up the company’s Corporate Foundation as its first Managing Trustee.

Mike has been instrumental in up-scaling and restructuring of the company’s Corporate Social Investments mainly in Education, Environmental Conservation and Water & Sanitation.
He is a member of the International Public Relations Association, and a Fellow of the Public Relations Society of Kenya.
Mike regularly speaks on journalism and media best practices and is an active member of several national and international Philanthropy Forums. He is currently the Chairman of Ease African Association of Grant-makers.

Tom Were, MBA

Tom is a holder of a Master of Business Administration, in Strategic Management. He is an experienced development sector leader of distinction with diverse experience and expertise of over 16 years, having served in various capacities, mainly in senior management and top leadership roles, the most recent being the Country Director of SOS Children’s Villages for a period about 3 years.

He previously served as Director of Programs at KCDF; as Head of Programs and Deputy CEO at Kenya Gatsby Trust; and as Senior Program Manager with Forest Action Network. He is currently involved in consultancy, and serves as Senior Advisor with Strategic Connections Kenya Limited.

Tom has been the board chairman of Eastern Africa Association of Grant makers (EAAG) and served as the interim coordinator of the African Grant Makers Network (AGN) for a period during which AGN was hosted by KCDF in Kenya. He serves in other several private and public boards.

Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves is based in Nairobi as the Aga Khan Foundation’s Global Lead for Civil Society. He has worked for over fifteen years in international development and social change organisations, supporting the design, implementation and measurement of civil society organisational, network and systems strengthening initiatives in over twenty-five countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Matt began his career teaching English in the Gambia and Japan. Most recently, he worked as Global Director for Capacity Development at Pact. In his current role, he is responsible for the development, piloting and scale-up of a toolkit to support the implementation and measurement of the Aga Khan Foundation’s civil society strengthening work.

Matt holds an MSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and MPA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has taught Masters level courses in designing/managing development initiatives and multi-stakeholder facilitation.

Tade Akin Aina

Tade Akin Aina is Executive Director of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR – Kenya). PASGR is an independent, nonpartisan, pan-African not-for-profit organization established in 2011 and located in Nairobi, Kenya. PASGR runs a collaborative Master of Research and Public Policy(MRPP) programme in 13 universities in 7 countries; a research programme with activities/projects in 16 countries and a professional development training programme with participants from 25 African countries.

Formerly he was Program Director of Higher Education and Libraries in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 2008 to 2014.
He studied sociology at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University of Sussex, UK. Dr. Aina was appointed full Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lagos in 1993. He served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Dakar, Senegal- based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa(CODESRIA) from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2008 he worked in the Nairobi office of the Ford Foundation and spent a short period as the Acting Regional Representative of the Ford Foundation office for Middle East and North Africa in Cairo.

He was Regional Representative for the Ford Foundation Office for Eastern Africa between 2003 and 2008. He is or has been a board member of Trust Africa, Dakar, Senegal; African Population Health Research Centre(APHRC)Nairobi, Kenya; Winrock International, USA; Seeding Labs, USA; the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the King Baudouin Foundation-USA. He is also a member of the Council of the United States International University, (USIU-Africa), Nairobi, Kenya. He is an author, co-author, Editor and Co-Editor of eleven books and monographs and recently co-edited, with Bhekinkosi Moyo, the volume Giving to Help, Helping to Give: The Context and Politics of African Philanthropy (Amalion, 2013).

Purity Murugu

Purity Murugu is the Corporate Partnership Coordinator at KCDF and has worked for the last fifteen years in public relations and marketing. She has over ten years’ experience in local fundraising and building local brands. Ms. Murugu was the brainchild behind the Mater Heart Run, an event that she initiated from its humble beginning to what has become a national fundraiser before she moved on to join Kenya Community Development Foundation.

Purity is a gifted marketer and has very strong qualities that includes persuasiveness with strong interpersonal skills. She is also very convincing, courteous, conversational, proactive, and very analytical. She is very empathetic to community issues and a firm believer of the idea that if communities get empowered, they are able to take charge of their own development and that the role of development agencies is to facilitate and trigger transformation. 

Some of the notable achievements include building and managing corporate and individual networks, promote KCDF programmes to funders and profile KCDF’s programmes and approaches to the various networks locally. In the ten years of a being a fundraiser, Purity has been instrumental in mobilizing resources that have positively impacted on various beneficiaries who include marginalized children and communities.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Marketing. She is also a chartered Marketer and a member of Kenya Association of Professional Fundraisers (KAPF). She is also a seasoned facilitator in local fundraising where she builds capacities of local organizations on various strategies and tactics in local resource mobilization.

Francis Kamau

Francis M. Kamau is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at KCDF Investment Holdings Limited, a company setup to generate dividends as a sustainability channel for the Kenya Community Development Foundation and Kagiso Trust who are the shareholders.
The COO role entails overall responsibility for the financial and investment arms of KCDF Investment Holdings, taking a lead role in deal structuring and preparation for both Board and Investment Committee meetings and responsible for the day-to-day running of the Investment company. He is currently managing two key investment portfolios at the KCDF-IH, whose potential for upside is great.

Francis also served as the Finance and Investment Director at KCDF for a number of years. He was responsible for all finance and investment related issues at the Foundation and the KCDF Trust. During his tenure the Foundation handled significant grants from USAID (under the auspices of Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Give Back Circle), Comic Relief and Wilde Ganzen. At the Trust level, the endowment grew significantly from USD 3Million to USD 8Million in six years, with 25% of the portfolio in properties.

Francis holds an MBA in finance) from the University of Nairobi, Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration (IBA) from United States International University-Africa. He is also a Certified Public Accountant-CPA (K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPA-K).

Nienke Nuyens

Nienke Nuyens (1978) studied Social Sciences and Communication Management at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She started working as a campaigner for Wemos Foundation to advocate in international fora such as the UN for more transparent regulations on child nutrition and medicines in developing countries. At the Dutch Youth Institute, she developed a subsidy programme for global citizenship amongst youth, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nienke has been working for the Wilde Ganzen Foundation since April 2016. She’s a Project Manager for the Change the Game Academy, which aims at strengthen the capacity of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in low and middle income countries to raise funds locally and to mobilise other kinds of support. Blended learning (online and classroom courses), intensive coaching and learning-on-the-job is offered through Change the Game Academy in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guatemala and Brazil.

For more information visit: www.linkedin.com/in/nienkenuyens, www.changethegameacademy.org

Kgotso Buni Schoeman

Chief Executive, Kagiso Capital
BA Economics, Advanced Financial Management Diploma, Cambridge Advance Leadership Programme

Kgotso Schoeman is currently the chief executive officer of Kagiso Capital, a new investment company established by Kagiso Trust (KT). He has been involved with KT for over 20 years and CEO for 10 years. He successfully managed KT’s transition from being dependent on international grants from donors such as the EU, Japanese government and Swedish Development Agency, to a trust that is now self-financed through its investment company. He was responsible for managing the R260 million annual budget of KT.

Over the years he led the design of very strategic and important programmes for KT and partner organisations. He led the team responsible for the design and implementation of the current strategy of KT, which has unlocked partnership funding agreements with the private sector and government. The two flagship programmes of KT are the R190 million partnership agreement with the Free State Education Department and the R400 million partnership agreement between Shanduka Foundation, KT and the Free State Education Department.

He also holds directorships on the following external companies: Kagiso Africa Investments (KAI), Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), KTH, Kagiso Trust Strategic Investments, Open Learning Holdings and Onelogix.

Mrs Jane Wathome MBA, BA

Mrs. Wathome is a visionary leader motivated to better the lives of the less privileged. She is passionate about empowerment and has a zeal for excellence in all spheres. In her career spanning over 30 years she as accrued extensive executive leadership and management knowledge and skills, project initiation and management and setting structures that sustainably support the projects. She has developed and maintained close working relationships with local and international partners.Mrs Wathome holds Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi and Masters in Biblical Counseling from International Leadership University.

Mrs. Wathome has worked as a Senior Marketing Executive with Various Multinational Companies gaining great experience in product development, sales and marketing. She worked at Nairobi chapel for more than 10 years where she founded the Lay Counseling Ministry, Women's Ministry, Hospitality and hospital visitation programs which run up to date.

Currently she is the founder and Executive Director Beacon of Hope. Beacon of Hope is a successful Faith based Non Governmental organization- with strong social enterprise approach. The organization runs an integrated model that has served over 450,000 individuals since 2002. Currently the organization has a presence in Kajiado, Nairobi and Machakos Counties respectively.

Rev/Dr. Mary Kinoti

Mary is one of the founders and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Riziki Kenya. Mary and the founding team envisioned the Riziki initiative back in the year 1999 to serve orphaned and vulnerable children who are often marginalized. She is a developmental psychologist with over 30 years experience in community development, she has been in the fore front of strategic leadership in resource mobilization for education of needy children.Mary is recognized both nationally and internationally as a transformative women leader and academician. She has been involved in academic research and Youth Mentorship & Training with Daystar University, Kenya Methodist University (KEMU), NACADA as well as the catholic university of eastern Africa (CUEA).

She is an optimistic scholar with masters degree from Emory university and a Doctorate degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). She is a trained and commissioned missioner of hope of the Children of Africa.Mary is a life member of the Young Women Christian Association and holder several awards.


Maurice Makoloo

Maurice Makoloo is the Regional Director, Ford Foundation, Office for Eastern Africa. Maurice joined the Foundation on January 16, 2012. Previously, Maurice was the Director of the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG), a leading environmental research and advocacy institution based in Nairobi that has been a longstanding grantee of the Ford Foundation.

At ILEG, Maurice initiated and led a range of research and advocacy campaigns to advance sustainable development and effective governance over natural resources. As a legal practitioner, he has prosecuted many public interest cases on behalf of local communities and other vulnerable groups. He also served a six-year term as the secretary to Kenya's Public Complaints Committee on the Environment, a position to which he was appointed by the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources.

Maurice also served as the inaugural Convener of the Environmental Law Committee of the Law Society of Kenya.


Briggs Bomba

Briggs Bomba is the Project Director with TrustAfrica, where he serves as coordinator of Zimbabwe Alliance – a donor collaborative founded by TrustAfrica, Wallace Global Fund, Schooner Foundation and International Development Exchange. ZimAlliance works to strengthen civil society and promote human rights, democracy and accountability in Zimbabwe.

Briggs also coordinates TrustAfrica’s pan African initiative to combat illicit financial flows from Africa - a partnership with Ford Foundation, under which he oversees a portfolio that includes grantmaking, convenings, research and capacity building initiatives to support civil society partners across the continent. Previously Briggs served as Director of Campaigns for Africa Action in Washington, D.C. He holds a Masters of Science Degree in Applied and Social Economics from Wright State University (Ohio, USA). He is a leading analyst on democracy and economic development issues in Africa.


Rosemary Gathara

Rosemary Gathara is a graduate Nutritionist, BSc Foods Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons), and has done various courses in Behaviour Change Communication, Health Promotion, Fundraising and Advocacy.

She is currently the Program Coordinator of the Kenyan Association for the Welfare of People with Epilepsy (KAWE) which is involved in community based epilepsy services including promotive, curative, preventive, and educational services. She previously worked extensively in rural and informal urban settlements promoting safe water use, malaria and HIV prevention practices, services and products also contributing to authoring of a manual on community behaviour change communication.

She has over 10 years’ experience in program management, behaviour change communication & health promotion and 7 years’ experience in fundraising/resource mobilisation.


Phyllis Engefu Ombonyo

Phyllis Ombonyo, PhD (Strategic Management, Ongoing), MBA (Strategic Management), BSc. (First Class Honors), is the Director of the Yetu Initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation and USAID; and the 2016 Power/Water woman of the Year awardee of the African Utility Week. Yetu seeks to catalyze local philanthropy by working with select civil society organizations to build their assets, trust and capacity while brokering relations with the private sector. As the Yetu director, she has supported organizations to conceive and launch their local fundraising drives; initiated and executed various capacity building initiatives aimed at enhancing CSO sustainability.

Previously she worked as the Director, Business Development at the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) where she spearheaded fundraising, donor and partner relations, grant writing, grants management, program management, capacity building and communications in order to achieve appropriate and sustainable funding base while positioning the organization as a leading brand.

Phyllis has also worked for Africa Capacity Alliance (ACA); Oxfam GB in Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; and Summer Institute of Linguistics. She has forged several relationships with major bilateral and multilateral funders and leveraged these relationships to pursue organizational objectives. To-date, Phyllis has raised over USD $6 Million.

Robert Wiggers

Robert Wiggers (1956, Netherlands) is manager of the programme department and deputy director of Wilde Ganzen Foundation. He has been working in the development aid sector since 1984 for organisations like the Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC), the Free University (Amsterdam), ICCO and Wilde Ganzen.

With broad experience in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, India, Central, East and South Africa and Brazil, Robert represented Dutch NGOs in their relations with the European Union and was a board member of several Dutch development NGOs. On behalf of Wilde Ganzen he’s a member of the steering committee of the World’s Best News campaign in the Netherlands. Under the supervision of Robert the programme department of Wilde Ganzen initiated several ground breaking capacity strengthening programmes on local fundraising, lobby and advocacy, and the frames development organisations use in their communication and fundraising outings.

Robert is doing Ph.D. Research on the trade relations between the Netherlands and the Congo Independent State (1857-1908).

Evans Otieno Okinyi

Evans Otieno Okinyi is the Chief Executive Officer for the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG). He is passionate and highly skilled in the Philanthropy sector with over 8 years of progressive working experience in the broader development sector.

Among his priorities at EAAG include strengthening the philanthropy sector by facilitating platforms that promote local giving and enhance philanthropy-government collaborations. This is in addition to profiling the contribution of the philanthropy infrastructure and championing for a better policy and legal environment for local philanthropy. He seats on the governance board of various non-profit support networks such as Africa Philanthropy Network and VIWANGO and has been instrumental in establishment of the Africa Philanthropy Support Organizations Initiative (APSO).

He holds a Bsc degree in Agri-Economics from Egerton University and a Master’s degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Nairobi.

Mwihaki Muraguri

Mwihaki Muraguri is a seasoned professional in the area of development and philanthropy.  Over the course of her profession she has worked in philanthropic institutions such as the Rockefeller Foundation, where she led the foundations work in health and philanthropy in Africa, and with the KCB Foundation, one of Kenya’s first corporate foundations working across East Africa. In addition she spent several years in the area of HIV and AIDS service delivery with Amref Health Africa, Africa’s largest homegrown health NGO.
Through her work she has advocated for and supported the growth of the philanthropic sector on the continent through networks such as the African Philanthropy Forum, the African Grantmakers Network and the East Africa Association of Grantmakers.
Currently Ms Muraguri is an independent advisor where she continues to support the philanthropic sector most notably through documentation and advisory services. She was a contributing author to the first toolkit for African Philanthropists, a handbook targeted at emerging individual philanthropists; and recently documented the story of Kenya’s oldest community foundation, detailing its twenty year contributions in the field.
An ardent storyteller, Mwihaki is happily based in Nairobi, Kenya, the city with the best weather on the planet, which is unfortunately countered by the world’s most unpredictable traffic.

Degan Ali

Executive Director of Adeso, Degan Ali has an impressive track record of more than 20 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, organizational development, program management, and business development strategies. Among other things, in 2003, Degan designed and oversaw the delivery of the first large-scale cash aid distribution program in Africa implemented by a NGO rather than a government agency. Under her leadership, Adeso has pioneered and championed market based and dignified solutions to aid - globally allowing cash transfers to become a standard type of aid response.
Degan is a regular commentator on humanitarian action. She is not afraid to speak her mind when lives are at stake, speaking on a variety of issues such as localization of humanitarian aid, food security and security information, the Somalia famine response, cash programming, and the importance of supporting private sector driven remittances.
Most recently, Degan has been an active member of the leadership council for the Network of Empowered Aid Response (NEAR); a network of Southern NGOs with a mission to reshape the to-down humanitarian and development system to one that is locally driven and owned.

Sonia Rasugu

Sonia is a dynamic Kenyan professional with interest and experience in the public, private and development sectors. She currently works as an independent consultant. Her areas of expertise include: Programme Coordination and Management for community-driven development; Grant Management; Project design and management; Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening; Strategic Planning for public sector and development sector organizations as well as for national and grassroots development organizations; Organizational and programme assessment; Event coordination and management; and Procurement (public sector and in non-profit organizations), and policy development experience with focused on youth empowerment. Sonia has experience working in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, the Sudan, India, Madagascar, Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Sonia is passionate about volunteerism and a firm believer in African philanthropy. She is former staff member at KCDF, as the Youth Programmes Coordinator and also worked at Ufadhili Trust. For many years, Sonia has been a volunteer with various organizations working in the community and serving as a board member. She believes in the inevitability of communities as donors, beneficiaries as benefactors, and corporations as citizens with a duty to the greater good.

Swatantra Gupta

Swatantra Gupta is a graduate from University of London and has acquired master's degree in Sustainable Development. He has more than a decade experience in corporate partnerships. At present Swatantra is spearheading Corporate Partnerships & Alliances division of a well-known Indian non-profit Smile Foundation. He has been with Smile Foundation for over seven years and thus his experience of raising funds from corporate sector is immense.

In addition to Swatantra's exposure of building relationships with business houses, he has been a core member of Action for Children program as well as Change the Game Academy. His experience of fundraising has also been extremely useful in giving trainings to grassroots NGOs in India.

On CSR front he has worked on developing projects for Smile Foundation with companies such as Ericsson, Philips, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, Siemens and many more. Further, as a very interesting part of corporate partnership Swatantra also has a vast experience in conceptualizing and organizing large fundraising events and cause-related marketing campaigns for various FMCG companies.

Gargi Kapoor

Gargi Kapoor is a graduate from the University of Delhi, and has acquired master's degree in Social Work from Vidyasagar University other than post graduate diplomas in Public Relations and also Human Rights. She has more than a decade’s experience in project management of development projects.

At present Gargi is leading the Mission Education program at Smile Foundation, one of the leading NGOs of India. She has been associated with Smile Foundation for the past four years having valuable experience in planning, monitoring, facilitating and implementing education projects in partnership with grassroots community based organizations.

Additionally Gargi has been involved in nurturing relationship with grassroots organizations,contributing to the Action for Children program as well as Change the Game Academy. She has been associated with organizing and facilitating trainings to grassroots NGOs in India.

She is responsible towards developing and managing projects for Smile Foundation with corporates such as PepsiCo, Fidelity Information Services, Target international, Mitsubishi Electric and likewise.

Bongiwe N. Njobe

Ms. Bongiwe N. Njobe, is currently Executive Director and Founder of ZANAC Consulting – a strategy, management and policy practice consultancy, working in the agricultural and sustainability area. Bongiwe Njobe has over 30 years’ experience in agricultural policy practice, fast moving consumer goods and sustainable development in the public, private and non-governmental sector in Africa and at an international level. In her current role, she has undertaken management strategy and policy practice work within the South African Government and public entities, the Fruit and Grain Industries in South Africa.

She had worked within the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), for the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) on the Science Agenda for Africa, women in finance, gender and agriculture projects with the African Development Bank. She currently serves and a non-executive director on the boards of CIMMYT (international Maize and Wheat Research Institute), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, Kagiso Trust, Vumelana Advisory Fund, HORTGRO and Fruit South Africa. She is a member of the Institute of Directors (South Africa) – Sustainability Committee and a Director of several companies.

Bongiwe Njobe has previously worked as Group Executive: Corporate Sustainability at Tiger Brands Limited, where she also served on its board, as a Director of Langerberg and Ashton Foods (a subsidiary) and as a founding trustee of the Tiger Brands Foundation. She has also served as Corporate Affairs director at the SABMiller subsidiary South African Breweries Ltd where she was responsible for maintaining and upholding the South African Breweries’ corporate reputation and for overseeing the implementation of its corporate relations activities, sustainability strategy and functions, public policy initiatives including the responsible drinking campaigns as well as the communication and.

As Director General at South Africa’s National Department of Agriculture (1997 – 2004) Njobe was responsible for the development of agricultural policy, related legislation, implementation of national agricultural development programs and oversight of several public entities such as the Agricultural Research Council, Perishable Products Export Control Board and the Land and Agricultural Bank of South Africa.

In her role with the National Department of Agriculture she was responsible for ensuring South Africa’s membership of the CGIAR, participated in the development of the CAADP framework and the establishment of FARA all of it being in support of her responsibility to guide and support the representation of South African Agriculture internationally.

She has served in numerous advisory panels, speaker and non-executive roles including - as a member of the DST/NRF Steering Committee on Food Security (current), South African Reference Group on Women in Science, a panel member for the Inter-Academy Council Study Panel on Science and Technology, Commissioner for the Presidential National Commission on Information Society and Development (SA); member of the Uganda Academy of Sciences Consensus Panel on Country Ownership, member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Consensus Panel on Agricultural Education and Training in South Africa, Chairperson of South African National Biodiversity Institute (SA); member and Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors of National Business Initiatives; Non-Executive Director of The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited; as Vice Chairperson of FARA. She holds a MSc Agric Eng. from the Agriculture University – Vassil Kolarov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Sanda Ojiambo


Sanda Ojiambo is the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom. In this role,  she heads the Safaricom Foundation, the MPESA Foundation, Sustainable Business, Environmental Management, and Technology for Development.  Sanda is an Economist and Public Policy Analyst by training, with 15 years of multi sectoral policy and development work in the NGO and UN sectors working extensively through Saharan Africa; and nine years corporate sector experience in Kenya.




Caesar Ngule

Team Leader - Livelihoods, Environment & Climate Change Adaptation

Dedicated community development expert with ten years of experience in organizing, planning, implementing, monitoring & evaluating development programmes with a lot of enthusiasm, adaptability and love for fresh ideas. Highly experienced in grants management, resource mobilization, Children and youth, Livelihoods, Community Health, Climate Change Adaptation & Environment, Education, Policy, Partnerships & Networking, Capacity Development, and Organizational Development.

I have a Master of Arts degree in project planning and management from Nairobi University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management for Community Development from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI, Arusha), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Community Development & Social Work from Daystar University.

Caren Kiptoo

A development practitioner with over twelve years experience-managing programmes in the great lakes region implemented through local, national and international non-governmental organizations covering a wide range of development areas: Peace & security, Governance, education, gender and public policy. Worked for the national council of churches of Kenya, Norwegian Church Aid -Burundi, Rwanda and DR Congo programme and most recently the Danish Refugee Council managing a great lakes regional civil society programme.

Currently, the programme coordinator at VIWANGO, a civil society self regulating mechanism designed and established in 2009 by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kenya, out of the need to strengthen their credibility and legitimacy as actors in development. Its primary mission is to improve the performance of CSOs through the promotion and application of the set and agreed minimum standards of excellence as well as voluntary independent certification.

Eunice Daritsu Fedha

Ms. Eunice Daritsu is the Head of Finance and Accounting and the Ag. Director Finance and Administration at the Council of Governors Secretariat. She has been working with the Council for the last three years and has over 10 years of working in Finance and Development.Eunice offers Financial, and Administrative support and technical supports to the Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs and Trade and Investment Committees of the Council of Governors.

Prior to her current position, Eunice served for six year as a programme officer with Dorcas Aid International in development programmes.She has Bachelors in Accounting from Daystar University and Diploma in HRM from Kenya Institute of Management. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Business Administration, Finance option.


Irungu Houghton

Irungu Houghton is the founding Chairperson of the Kenyan based Kilimani Project Foundation. One of Kenya’s youngest Foundations, the Foundation has created a model for cross-class urban organisation and local government advocacy. Irungu is also the Associate Director for the Society for International Development, having recently completed a decade of service with Oxfam.

He is widely known as a skillful change campaigner fighting corruption and protecting civic organisations and public spaces. He has been recognized with awards from New African magazine, Nation Media Group, Oxfam, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Union.


Social Media Guidelines

KCDF 20th Anniversary Conference Social Media Guidelines
“Durable Development: Shifting The Power; Building Community Resilience.”

How We Can Use Social Media To #ShiftThePower During & Beyond The #KCDFAt20 Conference!

Target audience: All KCDF Conference Delegates

On June 22nd and 23rd 2017, over 300 local and international philanthropy actors will join the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) in Nairobi, Kenya to celebrate, learn from, and build on the 20 years of innovative, ground-breaking, transformational and high impact development work done by KCDF and her partners. None of this work would have been possible without building strong, trusted, strategic, healthy, inclusive, respectful, dynamic, and sustainable relationships.

So, how can we ensure that this “Durable Development” conversation and agenda reaches, inspires and engages thousands of other potential local philanthropists and development actors to help #ShiftThePower and realize these important development goals in Kenya and beyond? Social media is just one, but very useful, affordable, and effective way to do so.

If the Global Community Philanthropy Summit that was hosted by the Global Fund For Community Foundations (GFCF) in December 2016 is anything to go by, then social media is definitely one of the tools we can and must continue to use to amplify voices, galvanize support, educate citizens, mobilize action, inspire change, and solidify the work that is already being done by ensuring these stories are told and heard.

Building on the success of the Johannesburg #ShiftThePower social media strategy, there is now a captive and active global network of community philanthropy actors that are using social media to advance this “Durable Development” agenda. The #KCDFAt20 Anniversary Conference, therefore provides us with a unique opportunity to make this agenda even more visible at a local level, and create more avenues for engagement and support for community philanthropy in Kenya.

At a glance, here is what the less than 100 delegates who were active on twitter prior to the #ShiftThePower Summit were able to achieve by simply following the strategic social media guidelines in this document:

  • More than 50% of about 300 delegates reported that they were actively using twitter by day two of the Summit;
  • More than 900 users on twitter, or three times the number of people who attended the Summit, mentioned #ShiftThePower by day 2 of the Summit;
  • In just two days, 6,870 twitter mentions of #ShiftThePower generated over 17.9 million impressions, reaching audiences across the globe.
  • #ShiftThePower trended on both days of the Summit, in three countries – Kenya, South Africa and Canada.

So, if you have ever been at an event or meeting and wondered if it is worth it to tweet, here is the evidence. If there is a message you feel needs to be amplified, then your voice, your influence, and your audience matters. Even if you have 10 followers on twitter, if you join and make a meaningful contribution to an existing conversation, you will be heard.

You do not have to be a social media guru, have a social media team, invest hours of time, or even fully understand how twitter works in order to make a valuable contribution to the #ShiftThePower and #KCDFAt20 conversation. What matters most is the content you share, the connections you make, and the voices you help amplify. It’s not about the number of followers you have. In fact, even if you had 1 million followers, and none of them cared about what you were talking about, you would not be able to effect the change you want to see. Think of a drum circle: no matter how many followers one organization has, if they are beating one big drum alone, they can only make so much noise. When we all beat our individual drums together, even if they are different sizes, and have different sounds, we are able to make beautiful loud music that others can both hear and appreciate. We ride off of each other’s energy, work in harmony, and draw others into our drum circle. That’s how a hashtag works – it pulls people into the conversation because they hear the sounds of the drumbeats, and want to know more.

Therefore, if you haven’t already started beating your organization’s “Durable Development” drum online, we invite you to start following and using the hashtags #ShiftThePower and #KCDFat20 before, during, and after the conference. While it may be difficult for just a handful of organizations to be visible or make an impact on social media, the power of the collective is what will amplify the work we are each doing to contribute to this agenda.

If you would like to help #ShiftThePower using social media, below are a few simple tips and guidelines for your consideration. The main social media platform we will be using for the conference is Twitter, followed by Facebook, but please feel free to use the shared hashtags and share content on any of your preferred social platforms. (If you are not yet on twitter, but would like to, you can open an account in a few easy steps via twitter.com. Here are some “Twitter For Beginners” Guidelines:

1. Use the hashtags #ShiftThePower and #KCDFAt20 

  • If you are in the business of shifting the power using sustainable community philanthropy models, please use the hashtag #ShiftThePower whenever you tweet about any work that is aligned with this global agenda. During the KCDF Conference, we also invite you to use the additional hashtag #KCDFAt20 to help raise the visibility of the work being done in Kenya. Your voice matters, so using the hashtags makes your contributions visible to anyone following the conversation, whether they follow you or not.
  • KCDF, GFCF, and our influencer ambassadors will retweet all your relevant tweets using the #ShiftThePower and #KCDFAt20 hashtags, ensuring they reach a wider audience.

2. Join & Build the Conversation:

  • When you use the hashtags, you enter, share, and shape the space around the conversation.
  • Click on or search the hashtag to find out what others are saying/sharing.
  • Contribute to the conversation by listening to and engaging with others.
  • Invite your friends, followers, partners, and networks to join the conversation. (You can mention/tag them individually, or send direct messages to those who follow you.)

3. Amplify Voices:

  • Share other people’s content and credit them in your tweets.
  • Regularly check the hashtags and retweet valuable content to increase its reach. (When you retweet the twitter handle and original tweet appears on your timeline).
  • Quote other people’s tweets if you have an insight/comment to add, or if you think your social media influence will help amplify it even more and significantly increase the reach of the content.
  • Invite others who are tweeting about similar issues to check out and use #ShiftThePower and #KCDFat20 to join the conversation.

4. Build Your Tribe:

  • Find your tribe – We have created a twitter list of all the KCDF Conference Delegates. Please feel free to follow and connect with them. If you would like to join the twitter list, please tweet @KCDF to let us know what your twitter handle is.
  • Build your tribe – You can create your own twitter list by asking yourself who all the people or organizations are that you’d like to engage with to help #ShiftThePower in your own context. 

5. Twitter 101:

Here are 10 tips and hacks that should help us collectively #ShiftThePower in a more strategic and effective way during the #KCDFAt20 Conference:

  • Content is always king! Share your best content. Talk about the great work that you and your organization does and others will share it. Give your followers content that they’ll want to share/engage with. Ask yourself, “Would I retweet this if I didn’t work for this organization?”
  • Personify your twitter handle. People connect with people and not with institutions. Give your organization a human touch, define your voice, and remain consistent.
  • Create a list of at least 30 strategic partners and friends on twitter that are likely to share your content. Tweet (mention) them, share how you #ShiftThePower, why the #KCDFAt20 conference is important to you, or let them know how you’d like them to help #ShiftThePower.
  • Use images in your tweets whenever possible, as images generate higher engagement and impressions. Tag up to 10 of your strategic partners in each tweet.
  • Create a list of at least 10 twitter influencers that follow you and send them a direct message asking them to support the #ShiftThePower campaign and follow the #KCDFAt20 conversation. If they agree, you can tag them in your tweets. These are your social influencer ambassadors.
  • Tag @KCDF and @globalfundcf for retweets or to request information.
  • Use a social media management tool like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite and create a column to track #ShiftThePower and #KCDFAt20.
  • Create a list of at least 10 twitter influencers you would like to enroll in supporting your work. Begin to build relationships with them by engaging with their content first, and then sharing your content with them next.
  • At least once a week (if possible once a day) check your twitter analytics to gauge how your tweets are performing based on number of impressions, engagements, and new followers gained. Learn from this information and insights to improve your strategy.
  • Check out daily trending topics to identify relevant conversations to share the #ShiftThePower and your organization’s other campaigns with.


Dear Partner,

Our heartfelt appreciation for joining us at the Durable Development Conference and for sharing your experiences. We hope you also made good contacts who can enrich your work as you continue to being part of #ShiftThePower. The success of the conference would not have been possible without your participation. Thank you!

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