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Community Development Trust Fund Kenya

Community Development Trust Fund – CDTF was established in 1996 to develop an integrated approach in fighting poverty in Kenya. Since then, hundreds of projects addressing social, economic, biodiversity and environment priorities have been financed through the Fund.

This has been achieved by addressing the relevant, selected interventions through programmes, thus allowing the fund to focus on different thematic areas separately.

The Community Development Programme (CDP) was the first programme and is, therefore, the longest implemented. The first and second phase were implemented between February 1998 and June 2001 and July 2001 and December 2006. The third phase was a three-and-a-half year intervention implemented between 2007 and 2010. Each phase is autonomous, With its own portfolio of project interventions.

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The other programmes are the Community Environmental Facility (CEF) fund and the Environmental Programme Support (EPS). The CEF is a four-year programme which run from 2006 to 2010, while the EPS ran for a similar period between 2007 and 2010. The Fund also successfully implemented the Emergency Drought Programme (EDP) and the Biodiversity Conservation Programme (BCP).

CDTF has supported projects in all districts and by August 2008 had 819 micro-development projects spread all over Kenya.

Community Development Trust Fund – CDTF


A Kenya where both rural and urban poor communities countrywide are enjoying better living standards and are empowered to implement initiatives that bring sustained benefits in sound environmental management and access to social and economic services, improved livelihoods and employment opportunities.


Support communities in their efforts to alleviate poverty through providing financial and technical support to community-based, demand driven and sustainable initiatives that reduce poverty, create socio-economic advancement, conserve biodiversity, and improve ecological stability and environmental management.


To support community development initiatives of poor Kenyan communities through their participation and involvement, in development projects, using a flexible demand driven funding mechanism that provides financial and technical support for development projects in health, education, technical training, water supply and sanitation, agriculture and livestock production, economic infrastructure, income generation, environment conservation, threatened ecosystems, solid waste management and environmental awareness and advocacy.

Partner Type: Implementer
Organization Type: Multilateral Organization
Organizational Expertise: Adoption / Behavior Change, Climate/Environment, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Development, Research
Technologies and Fuels: Biogas, Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.), Charcoal, Solar
Other Technologies and Fuels: Small and mini hydropower generation
Clean Cooking Activities:

Promotion of improved cookstoves at the community level by supporting local CBOs to undertake the initiatives by themselves

Supporting CBOs to establish mini-hydro power generation in the rural areas using available water resources

Supporting establishment of solar power centres among local communities so as to be used in households and or institutions

Supporting communities to come up with on-farm woodlots for the purpose of generating sustainable supply of fuelwood

Partnership: CDTF can contribute to the campaign by funding local communities in Kenya to establish sustainable supply and demand of various types of clean cookstove technologies.

Community Development Trust Fund Contacts

Community Development Trust Fund - CDTF

Community Development Trust Fund – CDTF

Regions Operating In: Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries Operating In: Kenya
City: Nairobi
Primary Point of Contact
Salutation: Mr.
First Name: Kiprono
Last Name: Shadrack
Phone: 254722-663820, 254786-804046