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.