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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