Arid Lands Development Focus (ALDEF)

Good Governance and Advocacy


We are dedicated to promoting transparent, accountable, and inclusive governance in northern Kenya. Our Good Governance and Advocacy pillar aims to empower communities to actively participate in decision-making processes, hold leaders accountable, and advocate for their rights. By fostering good governance and advocacy, we strive to create an environment where all community members can thrive and contribute to sustainable development.

What We Do

Community Empowerment: We educate and empower community members to understand their rights and responsibilities, encouraging active participation in governance processes. This includes training on civic education, leadership skills, and public expenditure tracking.

Advocacy Campaigns: We lead and support advocacy campaigns that address critical issues such as gender equality, human rights, and access to services. Our campaigns aim to influence policy changes and improve the legal and regulatory framework for marginalized communities.

Capacity Building: We strengthen the capacities of local governance structures, civil society organizations, and community-based groups to advocate for and implement good governance practices. This includes providing technical assistance, resources, and training.

Our Approach

Participatory Processes: We ensure that community voices are heard and considered in all governance and advocacy initiatives. This participatory approach fosters ownership and accountability among community members.

Partnerships and Networks: We collaborate with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international bodies to advocate for policy changes and improve governance practices. These partnerships enhance the reach and impact of our advocacy efforts.

Evidence-Based Advocacy: We conduct research and gather data to support our advocacy campaigns and governance initiatives. This evidence-based approach ensures that our efforts are informed, effective, and impactful.

Success Stories

Citizen Empowerment in Wajir County: ALDEF’s civic education programs have empowered thousands of community members to participate in local governance. This has led to increased transparency, improved service delivery, and greater accountability from local leaders.

Gender Equality Advocacy: Our advocacy campaigns have successfully influenced policy changes that promote gender equality and protect women’s rights. Through these efforts, more women are now participating in leadership roles and decision-making processes.

Public Expenditure Tracking: ALDEF’s initiatives in public expenditure tracking have improved the transparency and efficiency of public resource management. This has resulted in better allocation of resources and enhanced service delivery to marginalized communities.