Arid Lands Development Focus (ALDEF)

An Integrated Approach to Partnership Development

The core business of ALDEF is promoting good governance and advocacy, undertaking humanitarian emergency response, building resilience and strengthening institutional systems and capacities for enhanced service delivery in Kenya and in neighboring countries

Our Vision

Empowered communities living dignified lives

Our Mission

To enhance the quality of life for communities by strengthening their capacities and creating an enabling environment for them to reach their full potential.

Our Values

Arid lands development focus


ALDEF Kenya started 30 years ago as a small Community Based Organization (CBO) registered with the Department of Social Services.  The CBO was later to change to ALDEF.

Over the years, ALDEF has grown in size and scope and is currently a national Non-governmental organization.

The guiding principle of ALDEF  has been and is still a voluntary service to humanity. 

This means that the Board of Directors who started ALDEF  gave their time and resources for free to the vulnerable amongst the people of Northern Kenya.

The spirit of volunteerism has been inculcated in the secretariat to ensure that it stays alive forever.

The organization handles millions of shillings that go into creating a humane and sustainable environment for vulnerable communities especially the pastoralists and the urban poor.

ALDEF has also been the lead agency for WFP food distribution in Wajir County for more than a decade. 

Transparency and accountability in the management of donor funds are the backbones of our financial resource mobilization.  

With more than thirty (30) years’ experience in community works in ASAL counties, ALDEF has gained the requisite experience in addressing the unique issues affecting rural and urban communities including pastoralists and urban poor.

Hussein Osman
Chairman of the Board
What we do

Our Mandate

The mandate of ALDEF is anchored in four thematic areas.

ALDEF has maintained a long-standing commitment to improve good governance and strengthen devolution.

Many of the members of the communities in service delivery areas for ALDEF are largely poor, and vulnerable.

ALDEF works in areas that are prone to a multiplicity of disasters.

Our aim is to enhance the execution of our mandate, synergy, and high-quality impact.

who we work with

Our Donor & Partners

The mandate of ALDEF is anchored in four thematic areas.