Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development (CESPAD) is a non-political and not-for-profit voluntary environmental non-governmental organization legally registered in Kenya. CESPAD was registered in 2004 under Section 10 of the Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Act of the laws of Kenya.
CESPAD was formed by a team of multidisciplinary professionals and practitioners with motivation and commitment to contribute to good environmental governance, sustainable natural resources management and wide spread sustainable development for public good and well-being of the beneficiary communities’ and the integrity of environment.
CESPAD aims to shape and influence community (individuals/stakeholders and their institutions and groups) perception, attitude and behavior (decisions, actions and practices) at all levels on matters of environment and natural resource management to realize good environmental governance and best practice in the management of environment.

The intention is to ensure that the integrity of the environmental resources, attributes (products and services), functions and values is sustained and is contributing to the achievement of SDGs respectively on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, environmental sustainability and developing partnerships for development) and the realization of sustainable development agenda and priorities set out at national and international levels such as the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and the Kenya’s Vision 2030.

CESPAD addresses the 3 pillars of sustainable development particularly by focusing on community empowerment and linkages between poverty, livelihood and environment dimensions.
Since inception the organization has been able to secure funding from different sources including DFID, SIDA, DGIS through Water Integrity Network (WIN) and Wetlands International to implement projects on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; integrated water resources management and good water governance.


CESPAD targets and works with grassroots communities and civil society institutions, national and international NGOs, the Government, private sector players and development partners.
CESPAD gives guidance to the communities on how to be better environmental stewards by building their capacities on water and environmental conservation, institutional governance, advocacy and financial management and resource mobilisation. This includes groups of natural resource users, women, and youth, marginalized, disadvantaged and vulnerable. Working with other national NGOs and civil society organizations CESPAD underscores building strong networks to push for good environmental and water governance; sustainable use and best practice in environmental management.
In addition, CESPAD contributes to the implementation of Government’s environmental and water agenda and priorities including sector specific policy and legislative reforms while advocating for good environmental governance aimed at assisting the government realize the sustainable development agenda and achieving the SDGs and other national development priorities such as Kenya’s Vision 2030, among others.
CESPAD works with international NGOs and development partners through strong partnership to address global, regional and national priorities and programme areas.


To see a world where society offers not just hope but actual improved livelihoods.


the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature