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.
Flourishing and Resilient Communities.
To Promote Social Justice and the Sustainable Development of Communities.
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:
- Equity: Everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.
- Respect: We respect the rights and dignity of every human being and community irrespective of their social standing.
- Integrity: We uphold transparency, accountability and efficiency in dealing with others and within.
- Collaboration: We work with others in a dedicated manner towards the achievement of common goals.
- Innovation: We build a reflection and learning culture as we strive to evolve and share best practice.
Our Theory of Change
A foundational belief for KCDF, is born from the fact that enduring change is only possible when communities are able to take charge and find their own solutions for development.
This begins with the recognition of all resources in their midst, leverage on the resources from different actors and maximize on a community philanthropy approach to promote long-term development results.
- Shifting of Power: Communities will be able to hold decision makers accountable for their decisions on the use and distribution of resources.
- Flourish: Communities will realize improved quality of lives through the recognition and investment in their own resources.
- Resilience: Communities have the ability to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability.
- Working Together: For communities to benefit from the inclusion of many grassroots and nation- al actors who have the capacity to promote sustainable development.
Our Thematic Focus
- Environment and Natural Resource Management
- Effective Governance
- Enhancing Institutional Effectiveness
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.
In order to effectively achieve its mission, KCDF will continue to apply the following approaches to its work;
- Community Engagement and Organizing: The KCDF model of delivering its mandate is through working with organized community groups, associations etc., as vehicles to scale up desired changes in targeted communities.
- Local Philanthropy: KCDF works to encourage the growth and promotion of organized giving for sustainable development in Kenya. The goal is to move communities and the wider Kenyan public from a mindset of depending on external resources, to effective mobilization of in-country resources towards the implementation of their prioritized projects.
- Institution Building: KCDF’s concept of sustainable community-driven development is pegged on the premise that well-capacitated groups are key instruments in scaling up and sustaining continuous transformative change at the grassroot levels.
- Partnerships and Networking: KCDF believes that the challenges of poverty cannot be achieved by one actor hence there is value in working in a collaborative manner with other like-minded organizations in addressing issues that communities continue to face.
- Policy Influencing: Policy influencing refers to the different actions taken by organized groups on an issue of concern, to influence decision making or to change a policy that brings about lasting change in the lives of disadvantaged people.
- Asset Development: This refers to work by non-profits of building long term assets of different kinds, aimed at generating flexible funds to further their collective goals to obviate their work being affected when funders change their priorities.