Who we are

Vision

To see a society where poor men and women appreciate themselves, while striving to improve their conditions, socially, economically and politically.

Mission statement

To provide support, dignity, opportunity and individual choice to those of all ages who are disadvantaged and marginalized, so as to be able to fit in society and become useful members of various communities.

Introduction

aboutECODEV is a national development, non-partisan, non-political, non-profit making organization based in western Kenya. ECODEV started its operations beginning of 2000 as a non-profit organization but only got registered the following year. We recognize that successful community initiatives sponsored locally or internationally depend on an enabling system that builds community capacity. The center works closely with the relevant government ministries at all levels, other NGO’s/CBO’s, Aid and development agencies whose interest concerns promotion and improvement of quality of life for men and women in rural and urban poor communities.

A Board of five members runs the Organization. The Board composition includes members who are recognized for their leadership in their respective field of activities. Procedures exist and are applied to facilitate and encourage Board members to contribute to the Organization’s development. Our shareholders have been satisfied with our financial results.

The Organization regularly provides factual reports to stakeholders adapted to their needs.

Year of formation

The center has been in existence since January 2000, though the programs director has been involved in community work for many years, having worked herself for a Consultancy firm that was involved in a program sponsored by the Netherlands Government and administered by the Netherlands Embassy since 1984, giving her several years experience in project management.

Mandate of operation

ECODEV is registered by the Government of Kenya as a national development, non-partisan, non-political, non-profit making organization based in western Kenya.

Geographical coverage

Most of our projects have been centered in Kisumu District i.e. both Maseno and Winam Divisions. We have now undertaken consultancy services for other organizations that has seen us cover an additional ten districts within the country. As national coordinators for World March of Women, the membership covers all parts of the Country.

Specific Objectives

  • To empower women to pursue gender equality and promote democratic partnership between men and women.
  • To involve grassroots’ women and men in education for empowerment through workshops, training seminars on legal rights awareness, civic education, entrepreneurship, agro-based activities for food security and raise awareness of women about their democratic rights and obligations at the grassroots level.
  • Strengthen factors that promote full and equal participation of women in power structures and decision-making. Improve the socio-economic situation of women and enable them to take positive action for promoting the quality of life in their communities

Goals

  • To strive to improve the lives of communities, but specifically putting gender issues in the forefront.
  • To provide support, dignity, opportunity and individual choice to women on reproductive health, while promoting the use of female condom.
  • To provide reproductive health education as a means of empowering women to be responsible for their own reproductive health

Issues that unite communities, and those that aim at women’s empowerment are considered as we design our projects. We do this knowing that the implementation will be in areas with socially conservative traditions, therefore being cautious not to allow women to overshoot their rights vigorously.

We consider.-

  • Continuity of projects after phase out
  • Those that empower communities and specifically women
  • Those that spell gender roles as an empowerment tool
  • Cost effective programs
  • Community needs, and deal with the root causes as opposed to dealing wish surface symptoms.

We are convinced that the network will help us accomplish something together, which one could not accomplish alone. The diversity of concepts, practices and solutions to the HIV/AIDS epidemic compels us to seek ways in which we can learn from each other for better responses to the epidemic.

  • We can help strengthen advocacy
  • Influence others-inside and outside the network to share the same ideology.
  • We can help broaden the understanding of HIV/AIDS through our on-going programs.
  • Reduce duplication of efforts and wastage of resources.
  • Promote the exchange of ideas, insights, experiences and skills.
  • Provide a needed sense of solidarity, moral and psychological support.
  • Availability of the female condom will help in reducing and empowering women.

Ecodev’s Unique Expert Areas

Use of the Planning for Real tool kit with other organizations of the network will aid useful implementation of projects and programs. We are able to tailor the toolkit to suit all situations, particularly in regard to gender issues.

Weakness Areas

One of the greatest barriers experienced so far is expanding high impact, and cost effective interventions due to the limited human and technical capacity of the organization. We have not had a program. We have simply been implementing projects that last for a year or so. This has brought constraints in personnel, as we have had to rely on full time volunteers.