Our Mission

“To contribute to sustainable peace and socio-economic transformation of ASAL regions in Kenya and other countries through management of integrated programmes”

NEWS AND FEATURES

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Supply of relief food during pandemic

CIFA C.E.O whole-heartedly supporting hunger-striken nomadic pastoralists during COVID-19 pandemic. Restricted movement at the peak of the pandemic hobbled flow of commodities which reverberated into extreme hunger. Despite low purchasing power of pastoral communities, prices of basic food commodities escalated due to increased demand across the country. To circumvent this absurd scenario, we worked round the clock to ensure that most vulnerable ones within the society have access to at least a plate or two.

Boosting resilience of indigenous fishing community

Dansanach is a pastoral community inhabiting Illeret pastoral zone situated in the far north of Marsabit County. They live at the mouth of river OMO. Wee-night-hours fishing is the lifeblood of this community that mastered such a sophisticated and tedious art – a divergent alternative livelihood – strange to other tribes within similar eco-system. The catch is to cope with global fishing regulations and best practices. CIFA came to rescue this community, issuing newer standards of fishing equipment which instilled hope and allowed a renewed commitment to their livelihood.

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Empowering pastoral women

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At CIFA, we believe that women are the pillars of the society and thus empowering them will have a profound impact on the socio-economic wellbeing of the society. For long, pastoralists find planting and sustaining groceries a complicated endeavor – a dream for the common pastoralists. Now, we present a faction of happy women who are never at odd with success, completely transformed and  living testimony that changed the society. We confirm optimism that the ultimate output of our intervention is an enhanced competition in local food markets and game-changer at household level as a result of improved daily income.

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About us

CIFA stands for Community Initiative Facilitation and Assistance. It was registered as an international NGO, in Kenya, in 2005. CIFA was founded by Borana elite to support the resource-constrained and marginalized pastoral communities of northern Kenya. The successful birth of CIFA is attributed to legendary FARM-AFRICA, an international NGO that operated in northern drylands of Kenya with a decent objective of enhancing the capacities of nomadic pastoralists. FARM-AFRICA, mentored the past and the current head of CIFA, who have shown exemplary performance in community project programming. 

 

What we do

We  consistently pursued multiple thematic areas. We are the voice of reason for nomadic pastoralists. Over years, we have practically improved our response mechanisms by focusing on the sustainability of interventions that we deliver. In the most part, we strive to confront poor governance, with pervasive consequences, and precarious situations faced by marginalized pastoral communities in the drylands of Kenya. However, working in resource limited settings, in addition to climatic challenges, requires robust and forward-looking strategies – an aspect that forced us to look for like-minded partners in confronting looming socio-economic crisis facing pastoralists.

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CIFA stands for Community Initiative Facilitation and Assistance. It was registered as an international NGO, in Kenya, in 2005. CIFA was founded by Borana elite to support the resource-constrained and marginalized pastoral communities of northern Kenya…