Yetu Initiative

The initiative aims to address the sustainability of local civil society organizations (CSOs), particularly their financial viability, by building their capacity to catalyze local support for local development needs via community philanthropy. It is envisaged that the program will address long-term funding needs for CSOs in wake of dependence on declining international funding and priorities.

Yetu Initiative

The Aga Khan Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have jointly agreed to support a four-year activity called the Yetu Initiative (Yetu). Yetu will strengthen CSOs to better catalyze community philanthropy, which occurs when citizens take the lead in addressing their community’s needs by mobilizing their own capital, including both financial and non-financial resources. Community philanthropy enhances local ownership and empowerment, reduces donor dependency, and creates greater and more sustainable impact. The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), through its Yetu Initiative, is soliciting proposals from Kenyan Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working to improve the long-term well-being of Kenyans and Kenyan communities in the following development sectors: Health, Education, Agriculture, Poverty Reduction, Climate Change and Environment, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Women and Children, Arts and Culture, and Youth Empowerment.

The Yetu Initiative is the first country-level project of USAID and AKF USA’s Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy. This Alliance, which includes the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, provides a global platform to exchange best practices and different approaches on strengthening civil society sustainability. The Yetu Initiative will contribute lessons learned, and provide an opportunity for other countries to learn from Kenya.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Aga Khan Foundation USA

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA), established in 1981 in Washington DC, is a private, non-denominational, not-for-profit international organization committed to the struggle against poverty,...

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Key Information

LocationKenya, West Africa
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2018
  • ValueUSD 6 Million