The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Kenya.

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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Kenya community action. It focuses mainly on Kenya community action topics. Separate pages cover Kenya news and Kenya community action resources

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Authors: OTEPIC Philip Munyasia, Aug 7, 2014
  • OTEPIC, Organic Technology Extension and Promotion of Initiative Centre
  • The Green Belt Movement, The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an indigenous grassroots non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that takes a holistic approach to development by focusing on environmental conservation, community development and capacity building. Professor Wangari Maathai established the organization in 1977, under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya.
The Green Belt Movement organises women in rural Kenya to plant trees, combat deforestation, restore their main source of fuel for cooking, generate income, and stop soil erosion. Maathai has incorporated advocacy and empowerment for women, eco-tourism, and just economic development into the Green Belt Movement.
Since Maathai started the movement in 1977, over 51 million trees have been planted. Over 30,000 women trained in forestry, food processing, bee-keeping, and other trades that help them earn income while preserving their lands and resources. Communities in Kenya (both men and women) have been motivated and organised to both prevent further environmental destruction and restore that which has been damaged.
In 2004, Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize – becoming the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize – for her work with the Green Belt Movement. W

Communities online[edit | edit source]

Ushahidi, youtube: Ushahidi's channel

Ushahidi, Inc. is a non-profit software company that develops free and open-source software (LGPL) for information collection, visualisation, and interactive mapping. Ushahidi (Swahili for "testimony" or "witness") created a website in the aftermath of Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election that collected eyewitness reports of violence reported by email and text message and placed them on a Google Maps map.

The organisation uses the concept of crowdsourcing for social activism and public accountability, serving as an initial model for what has been coined as "activist mapping"—the combination of social activism, citizen journalism and geospatial information. Ushahidi offers products that enable local observers to submit reports using their mobile phones or the internet, while simultaneously creating a temporal and geospatial archive of events. W

Community and voluntary action[edit | edit source]

  • Taka Nimali is a community action that rewards Kenyas to clean up plastic waste for recycling. The grassroots organisation provides recycling points, making it easy for collectors to exchange plastic trash for money.
  • Art Outreach Programme

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Blogs: Share Organic Live

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Geothermal power in Kenya W

Health and wellbeing[edit | edit source]

  •, working "across four counties in Kenya, providing therapy to adult women and adolescents."

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Mwethia: a Kikuyu Resource Coordination Practice
Authors: Will Ruddick, Apr 18, 2023
Emma Continues - From Bangladesh to Nyanza
Authors: Grassroots Economics, Feb 11, 2023
Bangla-Pesa - Empowering a Grassroots Economy
Authors: Will Ruddick, Oct 5, 2013
  • Grassroots Economics, non-profit foundation that has been seeking to empower marginalized communities to take charge of their own livelihoods and economic future since 2010.
  • Koru Kenya

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Solar Freeze, 2021 Winner, Humanitarian Energy Award
Authors: Ashden, Nov 4, 2021
  • Solar Freeze, 2021 Winner, Humanitarian Energy Award,

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy — GivePower Initiative
Authors: Green Planet Solutions, May 20, 2021
Nashulai Equator Prize #NatureforProsperity
Authors: Nashulai Maasai Conservancy, Oct 2, 2020

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Roots Movement

Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]

After the Kenyan elections (Oct 2017), the charity GiveDirectly plans to initiate a 12-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing the effects of universal basic income on villages in rural Kenya.[1]

Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Koru Kenya

Environmental issues[edit | edit source]

Environmental issues in Kenya include deforestation, soil erosion, desertification, water shortage and degraded water quality, flooding, poaching, and domestic and industrial pollution. W

About Kenya[edit | edit source]

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Kenya), is a country in Eastern Africa. At 580,367 square kilometres (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 47.6 million people, Kenya is the 29th most populous country. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi, while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city and also an inland port on Lake Victoria. Other important urban centres include Nakuru and Eldoret. As of 2020, Kenya is the third largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and South Africa. Kenya is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. W

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External links

  • Kenya Electricity Generating Company W


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Created December 31, 2013 by Phil Green
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