About us

Agency for Pastoralists Development (APaD) is a Community-Based Non-Governmental organization located in Turkana County, northwestern Kenya. The organization, formed in 2002, focuses on the economic, environmental, political and social issues impacting pastoralist communities of Turkana County and in the cross-border regions of South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia. Specifically, APaD addresses the continued marginalization of pastoralist communities in the region through inadequate and lack of physical infrastructure and facilities, lack of access to social and health services, low levels of participation in public policy and development, continuous insecurity, high levels of illiteracy, exploitation of natural resources and depletion of livelihoods. APaD tackles these issues by implementing transformational, grassroots programming that strives to enhance socioeconomic development through community mobilization and organizing, community empowerment, advocacy and strengthening of local leadership, policies and systems, and promotion of active community participation in public policy and development processes.

APaD Board of Directors is made up of professionals and public servants from throughout Turkana County. These individuals govern the organization according to relevant policies, provide technical support and guidance in strategic planning, project development and activity implementation and strengthen APaD’s networks and partnerships. 

Our Vision
An empowered, secure and dignified society.

Our Mission
To improve citizen participation through mobilization and empowerment of local communities and advocating for strengthened public policy implementation and development in Turkana County, Kenya.

Our core values

  • Integrity
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Fairness, justice and respect for human dignity
  • Gender equality
  • Environmental justice and governance
  • Respect for cohesiveness and diversity
  • Commitment, professionalism and career development


P.O Box 342 - 30500
Lodwar, Kenya
Tel: +254 722 761 550
Email: info@apadkenya.org
NORAD Road, Turkwel Buildings, adjacent Practical Action-EA Offices

Focus Areas

Peace-Building & Conflict Transformation

Conflict is one of the most pressing issues affecting populations throughout northern Kenya. It is primarily resource-based, stemming from prolonged periods of drought, environmental degradation and depletion of water and land resources, and decreases in economic growth and food security for local populations. Conflict in Turkana County itself is especially challenging because the region is bordered by a variety of ethnic groups, from other regions of Kenya and the border countries of South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia, that have been warring for centuries.

Environmental Natural Resources Management

As described above, many of the emerging socio-economic issues impacting communities throughout Turkana County revolve around natural resources and environment. This is priority focus areas for APaD in that it is crucial to address before sustainably impact other areas, including conflict and livelihoods. As seen throughout the world, climate change has greatly affected northern Kenya. Weather patterns and temperatures have began to change, and the region faces prolonged droughts that cause mass starvation. APaD focuses on two major areas in environmental natural resource management, building the capacity of communities to better manage their resources to ensure sustainability, and empowering communities to know their rights and responsibilities as active citizens when it comes to owning, accessing and managing their resources, as well as holding their leaders accountable to ensure the sustainable utilization and distribution of resources.

Sustainable Livelihoods & Food Security

Communities within Turkana County mainly practice pastoralist livelihoods. In recent decades, as climate change has impacted environmental resources, pastoralism alone is no longer a viable livelihood option. People are having to turn to diversified income sources for the survival of themselves and their families. In an arid area like Turkana County, however, this often proves difficult. APaD focuses on building the capacity of communities to diversify their livelihoods, develop micro-enterprises, practice fisheries and agriculture. It also works on guiding local resources and knowledge to communities. The gaps that exist are more focused infrastructure development for dry land agriculture activities, enhanced knowledge among communities on sustainability, and value chain additions for livestock businesses.


  • Water
  • Better methods of agriculture – dry land farming
  • Building the capacity of fisher folk
  • Value addition for livestock and pastoralists

Research, Advocacy & Governance

Historically, communities of northern Kenya have been marginalized from the national government, including in leadership, participation and policy development and implementation. With the recent devolved