Community Engagement is Vital for Progress. Based on the sovereignty of the people, Kenya’s 2010 Constitution calls for strong devolution to County Government with active community engagement. Civil Society has a unique role to play in partnership with the government to mobilize and build the capacity for citizens to play their critical role.

The Kenya Chapter launched January 30, 2019 focused on three strategic elements: 

  1. Focus on the County Level. Since Kenya has decentralized a fair amount, the county level, run by governors, is the strategic platform for community-led development. In addition, several governors and counties have been innovative and early adopters of CLD-aligned approaches. The Kenya chapter is focusing on Makueni County as a model and source of leadership for CLD in Kenya.
  2. Produce a Kenya specific framing of CLD, and related evidence as to what works. Across national chapters, the Movement has learned that policymakers insist, understandably so, on evidence and examples from their own countries. How CLD manifests in each setting–with its unique culture, history, geography, politics, and government systems, gender dynamics and more–means that policies, practices and resource allocation must be tailored. 
  3. Build the membership base, and create consortiums involving a diverse array of stakeholders to enable more and better community-led development.

Latest Kenya Chapter News!

  • International Day of the Girl Child: Reflections by Members of MCLD Kenya

    International Day of the Girl Child: Reflections by Members of MCLD Kenya

    Young girls are tenacious, bold, creative, and courageous, and can transform their communities when they have the necessary power to make a difference. Girls play some of the most critical roles in supporting resilient communities, and at the same time are often the most vulnerable when communities are threatened. Community-led growth demands that girls are […]

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  • One Year of Strengthening Devolution in Kenya

    One Year of Strengthening Devolution in Kenya

    Post by Steve Ogutu, MCLD Kenya This month, we celebrate one year of a transformative partnership with the County Government of Makueni in Kenya. MCLD and the county signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on September 30, 2021 to strengthen community-led development as an important tool to tackle development challenges. In just one year, […]

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  • How to Develop Partnerships!

    How to Develop Partnerships!

    On this month’s global MCLD Zoom Call we learned key principles and inspiring stories from three of our colleagues who had successfully established partnerships and funding through “friend raising” — establishing strong human relationships. Each had reflected on their experiences and shared key principles. Our guest speakers: Arthur Nkosi, Country Director, CorpsAfrica, Malawi Caren Wakoli, […]

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  • USAID Meets with MCLD-Kenya

    USAID Meets with MCLD-Kenya

    “I’m Here to Listen and Explore How USAID Can Work Closely with Local Organizations” Michele Sumilas, USAID’s Assistant Administrator while Meeting Kenya’s CBOs On May 27, 2022, Movement for Community-Led Development (MCLD) Kenya Chapter hosted USAID’s delegation led by Ms. Michele Sumilas, Assistant to the Administrator of the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL). […]

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  • Next Steps for CLD in Kenya!

    Next Steps for CLD in Kenya!

    The Kenya chapter of the Movement for Community-led Development (CLD) met today with Governor Kibwana of Makueni County and several members of his team to discuss next steps in our five-year partnership. A key milestone is to pilot and institutionalize a “School for CLD” inspired by the successful pioneering of this approach in Mexico. During […]

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  • MCLD-Kenya and County Government of Makueni move to deepen CLD

    MCLD-Kenya and County Government of Makueni move to deepen CLD

    The Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD) and County Government of Makueni (CGM) held a joint workshop (February 28-March 1,2022) to develop an annual workplan to implement the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between MCLD and CGM on September 30 2021. Through this collaboration, MCLD will strengthen the capacity of the county to upscale its community-led […]

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  • All Democracy is Local

    All Democracy is Local

    A side event to the Summit for Democracy – December 6, 2021 A famous US politician once said “All politics is local.” By this he meant that the success of any political system depends on responding to local needs. Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes that every person has a right […]

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  • Climate Action: Engaging with Governors at the “Devolution Conference”

    Climate Action: Engaging with Governors at the “Devolution Conference”

    MCLD Kenya participated in the Devolution Conference 2021 (November 23-26) where Kenya’s President H.E Uhuru Kenyatta was the headline speaker. Hosted by the Makueni County Government, this year’s conference was themed “Multi – level Governance for Climate Action” and sought to address how county governments can be supported to unlock the full potential of climate […]

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  • Catch Up with the National Chapters: September 2021

    Catch Up with the National Chapters: September 2021

    Our National Chapters have had a busy month of strengthening their internal understanding and practice of community-led development.  The Liberia Chapter hosted a knowledge sharing event to launch a Farmer’s Learning and Action Group. The attention and excitement generated demonstrated the powerful convening role that our National Chapters have; 50 farmers participated and committed themselves […]

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The Kenya Chapter launch event was made possible by the generous activism of staff of our members, with the financial support of The Hunger Project and Pact.

Updated 23 June 2020