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

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.



ALDEF is the current convener of the ASAL Humanitarian Network (AHN),  a platform led by local, and national NGOs promoting a humanitarian system that enables more locally-led responses.

Its current 30 members are all operating within the arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) counties in Northern Kenya.

who we work with

Our Donor & Partners