Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development (CESPAD) is a non-governmental national organization legally registered in 2004 under Section 10 of the Non-Governmental Organizations Co-ordination Act of the laws of Kenya.
CESPAD specializes in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), integrity in water service provision( through the implementation of innovations and integrity models)), Sanitation, Hygiene, Environmental Conservation, Agriculture and Poverty analysis, with key focus areas being capacity development, qualitative and quantitative research to influence policy and Community Development, Public policy development, social accountability and public finance management
Over the years CESPAD has aimed 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 Water, environment and natural resource management to realize good governance and best practice in the water sector.
The intention is to ensure that the integrity of the water management and development is sustained and contributes to the achievement of a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, clean water and sanitation, environmental sustainability and developing partnerships for development just to mention but a few and the realization of sustainable development agenda and priorities set out at the national and international levels including the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and Kenya’s Vision 2030.
Our approach has been based on promoting integrated water resources management as a tool for: Climate change mitigation, water and natural resources conflict related resolution, enhancing water and livelihood for the marginalized groups and ensuring that no one is left behind in decision making processes.
The organizational personnel have over the years acquired invaluable experience in research, adult training and development of training materials, Conducting Training of Trainers (TOTs) and engaging communities using a range of participatory methodologies on community development and empowerment.
CESPAD addresses the 3 pillars of sustainable development particularly by focusing on innovations in community empowerment and linkages between poverty, livelihood, water and environment dimensions.