RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS/CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) PROGRAMME
Ufadhili Trust goal in working with business in East Africa is to inspire and encourage business to increase the quality and extent of its contribution to social and economic development, by making Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) an essential part of business excellence. The organization also works closely with Private Sector Membership Organizations to advance responsible business practices in the region. Ufadhili Trust aims to achieve this goal through;
Research: Over the years, the organization has sought to strengthen the knowledge base around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues in East Africa by conducting and disseminating studies to key stakeholders on issues affecting business. Read more on research/CSR publications here
Advocacy & Awareness Creation: Since its establishment, Ufadhili Trust continues to provide consistent and appropriate information intended to give Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) a fixed identity, and encourage business involvement and contribution to the sustainability agenda.
Benchmarking: The organization continues to play a lead role in the development of CSR standards for business/companies in East Africa. This is in addition to profiling and celebrating these businesses through various award schemes tailored for the private sector. For instance, Ufadhili Trust is the lead technical advisor; CSR reporting for the Financial Reporting (FiRe) Awards; an annual event organized by the Kenya’s Capital Market Authorities (CMA), Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
Training and Development: Ufadhili Trust provides focused and needs based training programmes for CSR practitioners to build their skills and expertise in delivering high impact CSR programmes within business.
Support to individual businesses: Ufadhili Trust supports individual businesses/companies to mainstream CSR within their business process. Ufadhili has supported such companies in areas especially such as; CSR Policy & programme development, sustainability reporting, social and environmental audits, and grantee Management.
Ufadhili’s livelihoods work seeks to empower and encourage, marginalized, local communities to embrace innovative ways to poverty eradication while at the same time promoting sustainable development.
Ufadhili Trust has implemented two livelihood projects;
• The Lake Victoria Rights Project
• Coffee Livelihood Project
RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP & GOOD GOVERNANCE PROGRAMME
This Programme seeks to enhance citizens’ participation governance; in the running of public affairs both at the national and local/county levels. The programme also seeks to have socially responsible governments which are people-centered, result-oriented and accountable to all stakeholders and particularly citizens.
Ajibika Campaign & Citizens Assembly Initiative
‘Ajibika’ is derived from the Kiswahili word ‘Wajibika’ which means, to be responsible or taking responsibility for one’s actions. The Ajibika campaign was preceded by the Citizens Assembly Initiative. The project was initiated with the support from United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).
COMMUNITY RESOURCE MOBILIZATION, VOLUNTEERISM AND PHILANTHROPY PROGRAMME
The goal of this programme is to increase the capacity of non-profit organizations in East Africa to mobilise local resources for their work.
In the last decade, the wave of globalisation and its attendant economic reforms have required cutbacks in state spending. This has increasingly left the non-profit organizations sector with the burden of delivering social services. Despite the enormous contribution of this sector towards socio-economic development, it remains deeply and unsustainable and dependent on foreign resources. East Africa has numerous resources, most of which are either misused or simply not harnessed effectively. Ufadhili Trust believes that an individual can contribute one’s time, skills and ideas to fulfill a social need without expecting corresponding financial reward. Ufadhili’s volunteerism work 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 res Therefore, this particular programme area focuses on increasing the capacity of Non-profit organizations to mobilise local resources for their work.
This programme aims to:
- Provide technical assistance to organisations on prerequisites for effective resource mobilization
- Raise awareness about the potential and necessity for resource mobilization.
- Support initiatives that enhance the image and credibility of the non-profit sector.
- Promote discussion, celebration, recognition, and growth of philanthropy and volunteerism in the East African region
- Promote the spirit of philanthropy, volunteering and volunteerism as an important catalyst of national development
- Advocate for enabling laws and policies that promote philanthropy and volunteerism in East Africa
- Help civil society organizations, NGOs and CBOs through a peer learning process
- Build partnerships and solidarity groups that support philanthropy and volunteerism
EXTRACTIVES, OIL & GAS WORK
Ufadhili’s goal is to have a responsible and sustainable extractive sector that respects and upholds the rights of diverse stakeholders particularly the citizens/ local communities through proper management of natural resources; mitigating the negative socio-economic, political and environmental impacts.
Our work with Salt Extractive Companies
This project was initiated in January 2012 and was being implemented in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and aimd at enhancing the sustainability practices by the salt extractive companies based in Malindi, Kilifi County; Kenyan Coast region.
Prior to the commencement of the project, in 2011, KAM and Ufadhili Trust carried out a rapid assessment in Malindi aimed at the identifying the social responsibility issues affecting both the companies and the local communities. The assessment established that, the companies faced numerous challenges ranging from allegations of land dispossession, environmental degradation, community relations, and workplace practices to human rights violations.
The intervention was part of the efforts by diverse stakeholders including government (national/county), civil society and Business Membership Organizations (BMOs), to enhance dialogue/ improved relations between the companies and host communities. It is also in line with the recommendations of a public inquiry conducted in 2006 by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) into allegations of human rights violations by the companies.
Ufadhili Trust is at the forefront of enhancing the voice of citizens and marginalized communities/groups in extractives, oil and gas matters through civil society led advocacy initiatives.
- In 2016, Ufadhili Trust in partnership with the Canadian High Commission in Kenya, held the first ever “Women and Extractives Forum” in Nairobi Kenya. The forum aimed at exploring ways of improving Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in regards to women’s participation in the extractive industry.
Ufadhili Trust is a member of the Kenya Oil and Gas Working Group (KOGWG)