Catholic Organization for Relief and Development (Cordaid)

Catholic Organization for Relief and Development (Cordaid), is a global development organization, headquartered in the Netherlands, and has been a pioneer in confronting poverty, inequality and exclusion in the world’s most fragile societies and conflict-affected areas and contexts since its inception, 100 years ago. Cordaid focusses on facilitating security & justice, economic opportunity of the most deprived and excluded people and governance and services.

Inspired by its values of compassion and solidarity, Cordaid pursues its vision of a world rich with flourishing communities in order to bring about positive transformation within societies around the world to become more resilient, more inclusive and more sustainable.

Cordaid’s mission is to build flourishing communities in fragile and conflict-affected areas. To join multi-stakeholders to bring about transformation in societies globally to become more just, more inclusive and more sustainable.

Cordaid is a founding member of the Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE, an international network of 16 Catholic development agencies to eradicate world poverty and structural injustices. Cordaid works in more than 38 countries with about 800 partner organizations implementing 1,600 projects in

  • Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan (presence >20 years)
  • Southern Africa: Malawi, Zambia and South Africa (presence > 50 years)
  • Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti (presence >20 years)
  • South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India (>40 years)
  • South East Asia: Indonesia and the Philippines (since 2006)

Internationally and in Kenya, Cordaid brings demonstrated experience of leading large, multi-year initiatives. Cordaid is recognized for its high compliance ratings, innovative power, its entrepreneurial spirit and its integrated multi-stakeholder approaches aimed at sustainable results and social impact.

As a trusted key partner of the Dutch Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, individual Dutch citizens and other diversified donor-funded programs globally, Cordaid attracts substantial contributions from different funding streams and has incrementally sought to build sustainable funding networks worldwide through strategic partnerships.

Cordaid’s programs are structured along Units focusing on fragile arid and semi-arid (ASAL). The Kenya Country office established 26 years ago, currently focusses on working with local communities, local civil society organizations (CSOs), public utility companies and the National and County governments as strategic partners in the areas of disaster risk reduction and response, agriculture and food security; natural resource governance, and investments. These programs have built foundations for local self-reliant and resilient communities and improved their livelihoods.

With a strong portfolio of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate change adaptation, Mitigation and ecosystem restoration projects and partnerships in Kenya, Cordaid has played a key role in developing the technical and organizational capacity of local communities and local NGOs & CBOs in Kenya’s ASAL areas. Cordaid is recognized as the front-runner in strategy development and technical capacity building for local partners and governments in Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR). We have created some model community learning centers in Forole, Torbi, Badanrero, Agayo (Marsabit), Tarama (Mandera) and Dadachbassa (Isiolo) which has hosted communities’, organizations and leaders across Kenya and the Eastern and Horn of Africa region.