ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development) is a Pan-African non-governmental organisation that has been working for social justice and development in Africa since 1976. Our work is guided by a number of fundamental values and working principles, chief amongst these is our belief that people themselves are the primary actors in their own development.
ACORD works in common cause with people who are poor and those have been denied their rights to obtain social justice and development and, ultimately, to become part of locally-rooted citizen movements. ACORD has facilitated the emergence of over 2000 strong and autonomous grassroots organisations across Africa.
ACORD has four primary strategic objectives to its programming in Kenya: food sovereignty, right to health, peacebuilding and conflict transformation and gender and women’s rights:
• Specific Objective 1: ACORD’s food sovereignty strategy aims to strengthen the livelihoods of the marginalized communities by empowering small scale farmers and promote strong disaster risk reduction among farmers, pastoralists, and governments.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES PROMOTION
• Specific Objective 2: ACORD Kenya aims to improve the health of marginalised /hard to reach populations and their capacity to advocate for inclusive policies and programs as a means to achieve universal access to health services and sustainable development.
• Specific Objective 3: ACORD Kenya seeks to build knowledge on positive Gender relations and effective ways of addressing gender inequalities through increased rights awareness on the community level, challenging traditional power dynamics, and continuous policy dialogue around gender mainstreaming.
PEACE BUILDING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
• Specific Objective 4: The Peacebuilding and conflict transformation strategy aims to increase the capacity of civil society to promote a shared vision of justice, increase consciousness and observance of citizenship, and increased participation of gender and youth in conflict transformation.