Adeso is a humanitarian and development organization that is changing the way people think about and deliver aid in Africa.
We are an NGO in Africa working in a very different way than most. We believe that development must come from within, not outside African communities. That it is Africans themselves who must determine Africa’s future, and that while international aid has provided much-needed support, it often falls short of enabling lasting change at grassroots level.
We want to change this, and our strong bonds with African communities mean we are uniquely placed to do so.
Adeso is a registered non-profit organization in Kenya, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the USA, and a registered charity in England & Wales (no. 1131711).
WHAT WE DO
For over 20 years, we have worked hand-in-hand with African communities to prevent, manage, and overcome situations that adversely affect a community’s wellbeing – whether environmental, social, financial, or otherwise. We believe it is this approach that will help take Africa forward without losing the things that make our continent great.
Our work can be categorized in four ways, while our founding belief that the protection of the natural environment is integral to a thriving community cuts across everything we do.
Developing skills for life and work – Through formal and informal education and skills training, we give young people and adults the skills and knowledge they need to lead more productive and self-sufficient lives.
Providing humanitarian aid – When people’s needs are urgent, we are able to respond promptly and efficiently, very often using a form of aid we pioneered in East Africa – cash transfers. We also help people meet their food security and water needs, and support communities’ safe sanitation and hygiene practices.
Reinvigorating the economy – A strong community needs a strong local economy. We work to strengthen local economies and protect communities from future shocks.
Influencing policy – We advocate on behalf of the communities we work with, giving them a voice on a local and international stage, and ensuring their interests and concerns are considered at the highest level.
WHERE WE WORK
Adeso currently works throughout Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. While our office headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, we have field teams and office located strategically throughout these three countries, as well as a liaison offices in Washington, DC, USA. See more