About US

Our History

CIDI was formed in 2000 by a group of professionals from different professional orientations who were concerned by the prevailing trends at the time in community development project in Kenya.

These trends, for the most part, did not build on the indigenous knowledge, energy and learnings that came out of poverty eradication strategies that would systematically and progressively lift people out of poverty.

Inspired by Kenya's communal spirit and its strength in communities, the founders set the vision of CIDI, and chose to adapt the Community Organization Model. The basis of this model was to engage communities in working together towards improving their own communities, so that they are able to take charge and lead their own development agenda, mobilize existing local resources and invest the resources to meet both present and future development needs. The model continues to inform all CIDI initiatives.

With support from Kenyans and organizations such as Opec Fund for International Development and Community Development Trust Fund, CIDI was born. Since 2000, CIDI has supported communities to define, implement and sustain projects using their own resources.

The year 2002 was identified by the organization as a year of affirmative action for asset development, and since that time, CIDI has attempted to balance its major functions of service provision and community project developments.


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


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.

Promoting Philanthropy

CIDI works to encourage the growth and promotion of organized giving in Kenya. The goal is to move communities and the wider Kenyan public from the mindset of depending on external resources and to begin to fund their own development. Creating structures which facilitate such giving is essential for continuity and consistency. Concurrent to promoting local philanthropy, CIDI is also working with county governments and like-minded organizations in the area of philanthropy to establish an appropriate policy and legal framework for local philanthropy.

Many Kenyans responded in a big way through what has now come to be known as 'Crisis philanthropy', offering to donate materials in kind, money and even land. This demonstrated that thousands of Kenyans are willing to help where structures and mechanisms for accountability are in place. A recent study by Ufathili, a local organization that promotes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), showed that a total of US $ 1 billion was raised locally in one year to help communities who were displaced or negatively affected by the post-election violence,(2007/2008) and even more recently, Kenyans came together to raise near a Billion shillings to rescue starving Kenyans during the Kenyans for Kenya initiative.

While CIDI applauds such responses, it wishes to encourage Kenyans' attitude towards continuous and organized systems of giving towards initiatives that eradicate root causes of problems. We acknowledge that our African culture is based on the core spirit of society, which at its heart is philanthropic. Our nation Kenya was built on a spirit of "Harambee" which also recognizes the power of coming together. In the face of many challenges, unscrupulous campaigns, political uncertainty and more, Kenyans need to be reminded to preserve this dying culture of giving to worthy causes.

In its strategic plan, CIDI seeks to harness the growing numbers of youth, their energy and intellectual capacity to galvanize community-based action for development priorities that not only attract them to give back to the community but also provide them with an opportunity to drive their own development agenda. This is seen as a succession plan in key sectors of agriculture and agribusiness where older generations remain key players.

CIDI has been on the fore-front in pushing for policies that will make philanthropy favorable across the East African region, most notably, the Tax Incentives. Mr. Sune has been the Executive Director of Kitui Multi-processors Company were he played a key role in the establishment, registration and the steering the factory to stability. He has now taken over CIDI as the Executive director and is a chief advocate for philanthropy.

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