Our goal is to challenge, through organised social action the entrenched systemic exploitation of local communities and the entrenched social inequities in rural and urban Kenya to which there is growing awareness. Ujamaa’s strategy is to implement vibrant programs that will effect the greatest change in the lives of communities and their organisations in Kenya. The Center places emphasis on facilitating relationships, which capitalise on the use of alternative systems and spirituality in order to build social and community capital. The first phase of this effort was based in the Coast province in Kenya but the learning experience from this pilot phase is being replicated in other parts of the country starting with Western Kenya.
The mission of the Ujamaa is to be the ultimate center for the study of the practice of Alternative Systems in Kenya. In doing this, the center aims to promote policies, laws and institutions that empower communities in Kenya and East Africa to effectively participate in natural resource management for improved livelihoods. In the pursuit of its mission and for the realization of this vision, the work of the Center revolves around policy research, advocacy and networking on environment, peace, security, development, public accountability and natural resources. These activities are informed by the following two strategic objectives:
- To support basic community efforts in order to build a self-sustaining alternative sector in Kenya and raise the competence of community institutions and their representatives at all levels in policy formulation processes.
- To conduct, co-ordinate or commission research on civic rights of communities, alternative systems and spirituality. And to establish a permanent structure in Kenya which shall devote its efforts to the development and growth of alternative systems, spirituality and building social and community capital.