What We Do
Our work is based around four thematic areas namely;
We seek to have socially responsible governments which are people-centered, result-oriented and accountable to all stakeholders and particularly citizens. Sovereignty belongs to the people, and it is exercised through their elected representatives - the government. Thus, public officials must conduct public affairs in a transparent and accountable manner that reflects the will and the aspirations of the citizens.
Our goal in working with the private sector is to inspire and encourage companies to increase the quality and extent of their contribution to sustainable development by making responsible business practices an integral part of business excellence. Businesses play an important role in the social economic development of any country. They provide taxes to undertake welfare programmes, in addition to goods and services that are vital to the socio economic well being of the people. However, businesses should take responsibility for the social, environmental and economic consequences of their activities. This is by observing principles of accountability, transparency, ethical behavior, respect for human rights and the rule of law.
We seek to enhance the credibility and effectiveness of the civil society sector by encouraging competence, excellence and integrity in civil society practices. The civil society by the fact of being the ‘people’s voice’ should have the capacity to undertake its watchdog role effectively. One of the greatest challenges facing citizens’ organizations is the inability to mobilize sufficient resources to undertake development activities. Ufadhili Trust seeks to enhance the capacity of the citizen’s organizations to undertake their role effectively.
We seek to enhance citizens’ involvement in development and governance through volunteerism, philanthropy and active citizenship. We believe that the East African countries can achieve their development agenda, if their citizens participate actively in the decisions making process. This means that for development to truly reflect the needs, wishes and aspirations of the citizens, it must also be supported by the resources controlled by the people.
Community Service Awards
COSA/ VOYA Winners, 2010
The winners of the 2010 East African Community Service Awards (COSA) and the Volunteer of the Year Awards (VOYA) were recognized on Friday, 10th December, 2010 at a gala dinner held at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi. The Awards seek to celebrate the spirit of community and the contribution made by volunteers in bringing positive change to society. Read the winners here
Past East African Community Service Awards Recognitions
In 2002, Ufadhili Trust hosted the first ever East African Community Service Awards to recognise individuals and companies that have excelled in community service in the East African region. Subsequent annual awards have been presented. To date, 45 recipients have been awarded this prestigious award.
Some of the past awardees include:
Fatuma Mohammed Mire, Wajir -Kenya
Fatuma is seen as a symbol of courage and determination to many in Wajir, North Eastern Province. To others, she is a source of strength, inspiration, and wisdom. Her actions of championing for the rights of women through the Wajir Women for Peace, opposing traditions that marginalize women, providing a voice to those unheard, advocating for conflict resolution and peace building, demonstrate her efforts towards bringing about normalcy and making the Wajir District what it is today –peaceful.
Joseph Katto, Tanzania
Joseph Katto has worn the mantle of being HIV positive, objectively and courageously. This has served to create more awareness on HIV/AIDS and give hope to those infected and affected by the disease . As the founder and chairperson of Service Health and Development of People Living positively with HIV/AIDS (SHDEPHA), he has been vocal in advocacy for the human rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Volunteer Conference 2006
Ufadhili held a one-day volunteer conference in Nairobi highlighting the power of investing in people. It drew presenters from a cross-section of multidisciplinary professions, including the non-traditional professions, such as music and comedy. John Kiarie (KJ), a popular cartoonist and member of the comic trio, Redykulass, and Eric Wainaina, a respected Afro fusion music artiste, offered tips on employing creativity to make a difference in society
Volunteer Involving Organizations In Kenya
- St. John Ambulance
- National Volunteering Network (NAVNET)
- VSO Jitolee
- Kenya Volunteer Development Association (KVDA)
- International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE)
- Organisation of Student Volunteers (OSV)
- Nyanza Youth Coalition
- Christian Lawyers
- Voluntary Associations Consortium of Kenya (VASCO)
Ufadhili Trust is an independent, non-profit, support organization founded in 2001 under the Public Trusts Act (Laws of Kenya). Ufadhili exists primarily to promote social responsibility in East Africa. Our work is based around four thematic areas namely; Responsible governments, responsible businesses, responsible organizations and responsible citizenry thematic area.
Volunteer & Philanthropy Programme
To volunteer is to contribute one’s time, skills and ideas to fulfill a social need without expecting corresponding financial reward. Ufadhili’s Volunteer programme is guided by the belief that human beings are the most valuable, useful and abundant resource. People and the ideas they generate are the key that unlocks the potential in all other existing resources.
The Programme exists to:
- Promote the spirit of volunteering and volunteerism as an important catalyst of development
- Increase the quantity and quality of volunteering in East Africa
- Advocate for enabling laws and policies that promote volunteerism in East Africa
What we do:
- Offer training and advise on the effective management of volunteers for:
- Non-profits or Civil Society Organizations
Partner with Volunteer Involving Organizations to:
- Collate and share information on volunteering
- Build partnerships and solidarity groups that support volunteerism