AUG 09

Call for Applications – September 2009

Grant applications are now open in the Youth Programme and the Arts & Culture Program.

In the Youth programme, the 6th call for grant applications is now open in the promotion of Youth Led development; and in the Development of Minorities and Indigenous peoples of Kenya are open.

To  view the information, the respective requirements and application deadlines,  see  the Youth Programme page, 6th call for applications and INVITATION TO APPLY FOR GRANTS 2009 – Minorities and Indigenous Peoples of Kenya

In the Arts and Culture Programme, The Changamoto Fund, which was initiated through a partnership by Kenya Community Development and the GoDown Center  through funding from The Ford Foundation, is is given in order to liberate the artist from ‘the pressure of creating safe work’ that perhaps is more ‘accessible’ to audiences. see the new criteria for application on the The Arts and Culture Page – Call for applications  – September 2009

JUL 09

The Kenya National Youth Bill

The Kenya National Youth Council Bill was published and in Gazette notice of April 2009. The Bill was Tabled in Parliament for the first reading in May 2009. The second reading was scheduled for Tuesday 21 July 2009 (this week) but did not happen due to lack of quorum. It was re-scheduled to
Wednesday 22 July 2009 but did not happen as well.

This is an important Bill as it establishes the National Youth Council, which will be the central body to lobby youth issues, undertake research, and register youth organizations, among other functions.

While it is in the process of being legislated, young people, on the Council’s membership, functions and representation, currently raise some key issues.

Some include :

1. The youth representatives will be appointed by the Minister for Youth Affairs (8 of them). How do we guarantee youth representation at all levels when the Minister is operating within her own discretion to appoint!

2. Why is it that there is such a heavy government official representation- including PS labor, PS treasury, PS youth affairs and the AG or his representative?

3. The PS of Youth Affairs sits in both the Council and the Advisory Board. How can he play both roles?

4. Is election of youth council representatives the best approach or should nominations, or other processes be considered? Which would be best?

Youth organizations are working closely with MPs, including Hon Rachel Shebesh and are also in consultation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

The Kenya National Youth Council Bill is published as a Gazette Notice and is available for sale from Government Printers at Kshs 80.

JUL 09


Ghana, Accra–15 July 2009: “The African Grant makers Network will change the face of global philanthropy. And it will happen right here in Africa”, said Sarah Mukasa, Director of Programmes at the African Women’s Development Fund, at a meeting organized to establish a network of African grant makers.

After years of careful planning, preparations, consultations and meetings, the AGN was launched in Accra at a meeting convened by the African Women’s Development Fund, TrustAfrica and the Kenya Community Development Foundation—and attended by key African grant makers. “The establishment of an African Grant makers Network is well overdue”, was the opening line of a discussion document circulated at the meeting.

“This has been a long overdue dialogue that has now finally taken shape. I want to express my wish that this network will grow and become sustainable in order to develop a strong, collective voice for Africa and her needs in terms of development—from Africa, for Africa”, said Christine Delport, Chief Operating Officer at the Greater Rustenburg Community Foundation.

And TrustAfrica’s Executive Director, Akwasi Aidoo, emphasized that the AGN’s main function will be to “change the narrative of Africa as helpless and hapless, tilt the balance of stories, and increase the visibility and knowledge of Africa”. He went on to say, “this is a network with a solid net across our continent and lots of good work for its people”.

The AGN will also:

  • Serve as a platform for peer learning and good practice to enhance good standards and practices;
  • Ensure an amplification of local voices in development discourse and African perspectives in global platforms;
  • Reinforce the tradition of African philanthropy;
  • Advocate for long-term and sustainable mechanisms and resources, including investments and endowments for philanthropic institutions in Africa;
  • Serve as a reference point for Africans in the Diaspora and a point to affirm the identity of African philanthropic institutions;
  • Cultivate good relations with other civil society formations in Africa and increase networking for effective advocacy around the aid agenda and the legal environment, including the tax regime; and
  • Conduct pertinent research, capacity building and advocacy roles.

A Steering Committee was elected comprising;

  • Bisi Adeleye FAYEMI: Chair (African Women’s Development Fund, Ghana)
  • Janet MAWIYOO: Co-Chair (Kenya Community Development Foundation, Kenya)
  • Akwasi AIDOO: (TrustAfrica, Senegal)
  • Christine DELPORT: (Greater Rustenburg Community Foundation, South Africa)
  • Neville GABRIEL: (Southern Africa Trust, South Africa)
  • Ezra MBOGORI: (Akiba Uhaki Foundation, East Africa)
  • John Ulanga: (The Foundation for Civil Society, Tanzania)

After the launch, Neville Gabriel, Executive Director of Southern Africa Trust, stated:

“The creation of the African Grant makers Network is a historic moment in the development of African institutions that truly belong to the continent. It’s been created by grant making organizations that are rooted in Africa, out of their own felt need for such a network, and through their own commitment to create such a group. The network will therefore be a key platform to improve the way in which funding towards effective development results is channeled to African organizations”.

And Bisi Adeleye Fayemi, Executive Director of the African Women’s Development Fund, summarized the launch as follows:

“The story of Africa’s development has been told many times over with great reference to the disasters but little if any to the contributions of Africans who work to create change, to shape a new historical narrative of hope, dignity, peace and prosperity to all of the continent’s citizens. The AGN is born of these efforts. It seeks to build on the rich tradition of philanthropic giving in Africa”.


The AGN Secretariat

Lot 87, Sacré Coeur 3

Pyrotechnie x VDN

BP 45435



Tel: 221-33-869-4686

Fax: 221-33-824-1567

E-mail: info@trustafrica.org

Website: www.trustafrica.org

JUL 09

Welcome to KCDF

Welcome to the new (and temporary) KCDF web site. We are in the process of rebranding KCDF so that it can reflect the Trustworthy, Dynamic and Stable Community Development Partner that you have come to know since 1997.

As we go through this process, we shall be using this web site so that you shall remain connected to us until the new web site is complete. The new web site that we are working on as part of the rebranding efforts, will have new dynamic features – in line with the latest technological advances in web development.

Soon, you will be able to access interactive video and audio from the communities that we work with, you will be able to track our grant making efforts right down to the community and you will be able to see for yourself the impact that your support will have facilitated.

Soon, through the friends of KCDF web site, you will be able to share your own thoughts on community development, share your experiences and network with other friends of KCDF and the communities that we support together.

These features and many more are developing just as the new look KCDF brings itself closer to you, so that we can give and work together towards a prosperous nation.

Janet Mawiyoo, CEO

JUN 09

Lifting girls out of despair is her calling

It all started four years ago as a simple idea. But today, it has developed beyond her wildest dreams.

But for Linda Lockhart, work has only just began. And she is prepared to see it through, till the very end.

Global Give Back Circle director Linda Lockhart speaks during the opening of Starehe Girls Centre learning lab. With her is Dr Manu Chandaria (centre), the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, and Education permanent secretary Karega Mutahi. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI

Global Give Back Circle director Linda Lockhart speaks during the opening of Starehe Girls Centre learning lab. With her is Dr Manu Chandaria (centre), the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, and Education permanent secretary Karega Mutahi. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI

Mrs Lockhart, an American citizen, wanted desperately to give back to the society that had played a big role in shaping her success as a career businesswoman. Unfortunately, the international banking consultant did not have a clue on what this could be.

For many days, she hoped and prayed that ‘this perfect idea’ would come. Unfortunately, it didn’t. But despite this, she did not give up.

Noble idea struck

But one day, a noble idea struck her. And it came from one of the most unlikely sources — former US President Bill Clinton. She smiled. Her prayers had finally been answered.

Her decision to come up with a mentorship plan for disadvantaged girls in Africa and Kenya in particular, was inspired by a speech by the former US President, who had highlighted the need to embrace a new model of global leadership.

“His speech clearly inspired me. President Clinton said individuals should never shy away from implementing any ideas. He told us that an individual was never ‘too small’ in this world to make a difference,” says the global director of Cohen Brown Management Group.

And to this end, the Global Give Back Circle initiative, a not-for-profit organisation, was born. Coincidentally, the programme, three years later, caught the eye of the Clinton Foundation in New York with Mrs Lockhart being invited to the Clinton Global Initiative in September where she obtained sponsorship for 35 of the girls in the programme.

“I founded the organisation to address what I felt was a critical gap in development that has left marginalised women in the continent paralysed against the inequalities they face,” she says.

She didn’t have enough resources to aggressively roll out her initiative. ‘‘I relied on friends most of whom offered lots of support.”

The give-back plan seeks to transition a group of selected girls from poor backgrounds, from the cycle of poverty into one of ‘participation, contribution, fulfilment and independence.’ This, she adds, will in turn empower the girls to become ‘catalysts for change in the society.’

Mrs Lockhart says the project will be accomplished through a five-phased process where each girl has her own mentor.

Already, some 35 girls in three selected schools around Nairobi are benefiting from it. The beneficiaries are in Starehe Girls Centre, St Martins for Girls situated at the sprawling Kibagare slums in Nairobi and the Blessed Generation Children’s Centre in Ruiru. Mrs Lockhart says her simple idea had grown over time, with the inclusion of more women mentors.

During her recent two-week trip to Nairobi, she met powerful women leaders who were willing to join her initiative.

This, she reveals, has created a global network that currently consists of more than 160 mentors. And the number is rising.

Her work in Kenya has further benefited from a number of sponsors that include Commercial Bank of Greece, Equity Bank, and the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF).


“My partners have committed themselves to the successful transition of these disadvantaged girls from high school to college and employment through this comprehensive mentoring and educational programme,” she says.

“All we require from the girls is commitment, passion and dedication to ensure the programme succeeds,” she adds.

Even as she spoke highly of the girls, she said they needed assistance to ensure their success.

Take Ms Wendy Nzula for instance. Losing her parents at a very young age, Wendy and her siblings were left homeless. This was after her relatives sold all her parents’ possessions and neglected them.

Charitable organisations helped her to join Starehe Girls Centre, where she currently studies. Wendy dreams of becoming a lawyer and taking a leadership role in Kenya.

“With our help, she will have the chance to pursue this dream, and for the first time, live a life filled with hope and happiness,” Mrs Lockhart says.
Under the programme, she says, the girls are assigned mentors with who they are supposed to develop a strong relationship.

The mentor is required to guide them in planning for their future while they engage in activities that increase their participation in society and access to jobs.

By DAVE OPIYO Posted Sunday, June 28 2009 at 22:30 – Daily Nation

JUN 09

KCDF Recognised in Global Best Practice Award

Kenya Community Development Foundation, Kenya’s first home-grown grant making organisation has been named one of the world’s “Best Practice Organisations” – an organisation that others in the sector worldwide can learn from.

Having gone through a rigorous process that involved a group of eminent panellists, who analysed the governance and legislative structures of hundreds of organisations, KCDF was selected as one of the world’s Best Practice organisations.

“Over the past 15 years, approximately 3,000 Good and Best Practices from 140 countries have been recognised. In the 7th Cycle, the DIABP received 500 submissions. These submissions were evaluated by the Technical Advisory Committee which singled out your initiative as ‘a Best Practice’.”

This was said by Mr. Obaid Salem Al Shamsi, the Assistant Director-General for Administration Affairs and General Services in the Dubai Municipality and a member of the DIABP Board of Trustees.

This award comes at a time when civil society globally and particularly in Africa is coming under scrutiny for good governance structures. While accepting the award, KCDF CEO Ms Janet Mawiyoo, said that the award was an illustration to all organisations that it pays to take governance issues seriously and that KCDF would continue to strengthen its own, in order to be a lesson to others.

“In our work, which is often thankless, to be recognised for paying attention to the management of resources and ensuring maximum possible impact for our people is a great fulfilment on our part.”

Dubai International Award for Best Practices plays a crucial role in the identification and dissemination of Best Practices from around the world.