The CIDI model for community development is a unique one that is now
nationally recognized as a best practice - awarded the Community Development
Trust Fund Awards for Best Practices in 2011 for outstanding contribution towards
improving the living environment. Additionally, CIDI received the Total Eco-Challenge
Gala silver award in 2013 for exceptional and sustained achievement in planting trees and
conserving forests in Lower Eastern Province and Coast region of Kenya (Now these regions
fall under 10 counties: Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa, Lamu, Tana River Counties etc.
Our theory of change:
CIDI's theory of change is anchored on the premise that rapid and enduring
change is possible when communities are able to initiate their own solutions to development
challenges affecting them and harness and grow resources.
CIDI encourages local ownership and leadership of development initiatives while partnering
with organized community groups to strengthen their capacity and ensure they have appropriate
governance structures that are accountable to beneficiaries and its stakeholders.
CIDI at a glance
WHAT WE DO
Education, Youth and Children
The Education, Youth and Children's (EYC) work aims to support innovative approaches to
strengthening education access, retention, transition and improved learning outcomes for Primary,
Secondary, Tertiary and out-of-school youth. The approach focuses on holistic development of children
and youth into productive members of society as well as strengthening service delivery systems at local level.
Our work places emphasis on multi-stakeholder approach to education & youth programming, capacity
development, policy enhancement and promotion of entrepreneurship for out-of-school youth.
Livelihoods, Environment & Climate Change
CIDI is fully involved in environmental conservation. We engage in tree planting, building of sand
dams, shallow wells and earth dams to harvest water for community use.
Partnerships, Policy & Communication
While delivering community development services, we maintain constant communication with all our
partners and stakeholders, including line ministries.
Capacity Development & Organizational Development
We empower the youth and women through training, workshops, and seminars on how to start and run
their own income generating initiatives. We enhance the capacity of CIDI to deliver by constantly
training our staff on social development, project management, policy making and the importance of
accountability in their work.
Preventive health care programme (Pona initiative)- HIV/AIDS
CIDI has been planting health care facilities in the slum settlements. Currently we are constructing
a community health care facility at Kivandeni, Lower Yatta District, Kitui County.