KeNRA is one of the national grouping of a Pan African movement, International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa (IANRA) with similar national groupings in twelve African countries and a secretariat office based in Johannesburg South Africa. It is an alliance of twelve Kenyan CSOs/CBOs of which some are county based networks that advocate for natural resources issues.
The alliance aims to promote, support and further community-centred, sustainable and equitable management of natural resources in Kenya, thereby significantly improving livelihoods, contributing to socio-economic development, promoting conservation and empowering communities to determine their own long-term destinies. Its mission is to consolidate and/or coordinate community efforts in advocating for policies and legislation that promotes equitable access, control and sustainable use of Natural Resources in Kenya.
In pursuit of its mission KeNRA visions the following outcomes over the next two years;
- Involvement of more communities through the Alliance in formulation of the policies and laws around natural resources from county level to national level;
- Involvement of more communities through KeNRA in public funds budget cycles including monitoring and evaluation (county to national levels) to ensure allocation of funds in natural resources development;
- A more functional and vibrant KeNRA board and secretariat;
- More Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) joining the Alliance (at county and national levels) and Networking with more regional and International like minded networks.
Towards seeing these outcomes, KeNRA has made a number of milestones to that direction to mention but a few;
- KeNRA working closely with the house of Senate spearheaded the development of the Natural Resources (Benefit Sharing) Bill 2014 through a number of engagement and sharing sessions. The alliance is still making a close follow up to fine tune the bill to breath to life the aim of the alliance;
- The alliance was also widely consulted in designing the Wildlife Endowment Fund in the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013. The alliance facilitated a number of communities to present memos and a consolidated position paper to the parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources during the consultation stage of the bill. The alliance further lobbied a number of MPs on personal level to further table the position in the house of parliament;
- KeNRA recently completed a case study research in Elgeyo Marakwet county (Kerio Valley) on the level of structured engagement and benefiiciation of various actors in the Flourspar mining. The research findings will be used to engage the various actors (policy makers, private sector…) in advocating for policies and legislation that ensure equity in sharing benefits reaped from mining activities in Kenya.
- The alliance can now boast of five county networks (Elgeyo Marakwet, Kitui, Kwale, Kilifi, and Taita Taveta) which are engaging the county governments on natural resources issues;
- KeNRA has been the bench mark for all the other member national groupings in the IANRA in terms of institutional structuring.