The African Social Development Focus (ASDEF) is a development and resilience organization that empowers ASALs communities through sustainable community-driven development interventions. ASDEF was founded in 2013 by local scholars and development practitioners who were concerned about the huge and widening humanitarian needs, deepening vulnerabilities and huge development gap in its target region. Registered as a Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya, the organization’s ‘theory of change’ is anchored on working with our target communities to identify challenges, design interventions and mobilize resources to address them. We strive to pursue long-term and sustainable development in collaboration with the beneficiary communities, government, development actors and other stakeholders. In our work, we remain non-political and non-profit organization. We respect strict political and religious impartiality and operates according to principles of non-discrimination and transparency. We also fully observe the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS).ASDEF has its operational offices in Wajir and Tana River.
To be an ASAL society where disadvantaged groups realize their full potential
for dignified and sustainable livelihood.
To improve on the living standards of the disadvantaged groups in ASAL Areas through transformation of their aspirations and potentials into positive and productive lives.
a) To contribute to increased access, equity and quality of education for children in ASAL regions- (Education Outcome Area).
b) To strengthen the livelihood resilience, including the establishment of alternative food security systems among the poor /marginalized communities in ASAL areas. (Resilience building and Livelihoods Development)
c) Strengthening the capacities of vulnerable women and youth on livelihoods development through community participation in decision making. (Resilience building and Livelihoods Development)
d) To contribute towards improved health and quality of life and reduce poverty levels through provision of water and sanitation services on a sustainable basis (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Outcome Area)
e) To promote the improvement of sustainable Nutritional intake, Household food Security and climate-smart farming.
f) To promote health needs as well as the general well-being of the Poor in ASAL areas of Kenya.
g) To promote quality education and equal learning opportunities among poor communities to improve communal limberness in accessing information for sustainable development and peaceful co-existence. .
h) To promote the protection of human rights, dignity through the provision of quality water, sanitation and conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity which are crucial to social and economic development to our communities.
i) To develop the institutional capacity of ASDEF to ensure organizational sustainability (Institutional development and strengthening)
j) To strengthen resilience of communities against violent extremism
Areas of Operations
We are currently working in Wajir, Mandera and Tana River Counties. Our main thematic areas of work include Education and child protection, Governance Peace & security , Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Resilience building and Livelihoods Development, Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation (DRR & CCA), Food, Nutrition & health.
- Transparency and accountability : We are open in our all our work and we endeavor to live a life beyond reproach, always.
- Commitment and service to community: We take service to humanity as a calling and a higher purpose.
- People centeredness : Our interventions are aimed at delivering lasting impact in people’s lives.
- Integrity: We uphold the highest level of honesty in our engagements.
- Professionalism : We strive to be professional in all our engagements.
- Equity and respect for human rights : We hold that all individuals are equal and should be accorded the dignity and worthiness that they deserve.
- Cooperation and partnerships : We work with various stakeholders and actors – community, county and national governments, development sector actors, faith-based organizations, among others, in our interventions.