What we do

DLCI promotes improved policy and practice in the drylands area by encouraging development actors to document and disseminate their learning and advocate for improved policy and practice. It is increasingly focusing on capacity building of citizens and local governments. DLCI which started in 2014 is currently focusing on the following key activities:

Strengthening capacities of governments and communities to work together to promote peaceful and inclusive development.

  • Communities (including vulnerable groups) defining development pathways
  • County governments’ capacities improved to meaningfully engage with all their constituents, including women and minorities.
  • Communities understanding drylands policy and practice and engaging to improve them.

To promote the evidence base for improved policy and practice.

  • Evidence-Based good practice is generated and disseminated
  • Key stakeholders adopt/promote evidence-based good practice in policies and programs
  • Advocate for policy and practice based on participatory research and community-defined priorities.

To promote synergy and coordination of key stakeholders for scale-up and deepening of interventions.

  • Government and CSOs are expanding and deepening the work of DLCI to other ASAL areas

To ensure that DLCI is an efficient and effective organization to implement its strategic plan.

  • DLCI has the technical and institutional capacities to implement high-quality programming in its niche areas;
  • DLCI builds the capacities of others and opens spaces rather than directly implements.
  • DLCI remains focused on its facilitation and capacity building role and support to national policy processes.

Our structure
DLCI is run by a Management Board of Directors who have over 10 years’ experience in drylands issues in the region. The Board is largely made up of people from the dryland regions, from civil society, academia, and government.

External complaints

DLCI has a number of safeguards policies including child protection and prevention of sexual exploitation of abuse.  These are included in all staff contracts and board policies and are regularly updated and reviewed.

DLCI believes that having a well-managed mechanism for handling external complaints can improve the quality of its work, enhance the trust and confidence of stakeholders, identify areas of work that need to be improved, and ensure that DLCI learns from the feedback provided through this process.

If you have any general complaints about any aspect of DLCI and its work, or compliments, please email us at complimentsandcomplaints.dlci@gmail.com. If you have a complaint concerning the Chief Executive Officer, please send an email to the Chair of the Board of Management at chair.dlci@gmail.com.

Postal complaints can also be sent to the Chief Executive Officer or Chair of the Board at DLCI’s official address: P.O BOX 76471-00508, Nairobi.