– About Us –

Founded in 2000, the Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) works to support minorities and indigenous communities in Kenya to secure their rights. Because of CEMIRIDE’s work, today we have in the Constitution of Kenya 2010, Article 56 on the rights of Minorities and Marginalised Communities. Article 56(a) provides that the State shall put in place affirmative action programmes designed to ensure that minorities and marginalised groups participate and are represented in governance and other spheres of life. Further Article 91 (1) (e) provides that every political party shall respect the right of all persons to participate in the politicalprocess, including minorities and marginalised groups and through various other provisions, including Article 100, the Constitution provides for representation of marginalised communities in the various arms of government.


The realisation of these provisions for marginalised communities in Kenya is greatly hinged on a properly developed and implemented policy framework. CEMIRIDE has also litigated complex cases against the state including at the African Court and African Commission (see. Application No. 006/2012 African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights V Republic of Kenya (on behalf of the Ogiek); CEMIRIDE (on behalf of the Endorois Community) v. The Republic of Kenya; Communication No. 276/2003 at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights & Communication 317 / 2006 – The Nubian Community in Kenya vs The Republic of Kenya).


Vision Statement 

A society that recognises and respects minorities’ and indigenous communities’ rights in all social political and economic development processes


Mission Statement

Strengthening the capacities of minorities and indigenous people to secure their social .cultural, political and economic rights. This is informed by reality that minorities and indigenous peoples in Kenya are mostly marginalised and excluded from development processes although they have potential to significantly contribute to national development


Core Values

· Respect for minority and indigenous peoples’ rights as their human rights
· Good governance
· Social justice
· Gender mainstreaming
· Respect for diversity
· Enhance the principle of responsible stewardship, transparency and accountability


CEMIRIDE will work towards achieving its mission statement through ensuring economic empowerment for sustainable livelihoods of MIPs through advocacy, research, knowledge sharing, capacity development, strategic partnerships and networking


Our Work


Recognition of minorities and marginalised communities is a completely new area in development discourse in Kenya. There is thus arguably an existing gap around the issue of inclusion and participation in relevant institutional, policy, development plans and frameworks.


The relevance and appropriateness of policies and development actions that will be put in place can only be best informed and guided by well researched information that is currently unavailable; a void which CEMIRIDE seeks to fill this void. In the next phase of its work, therefore, CEMIRIDE will work to support the economic empowerment of minority and indigenous people in Kenya. This is in line with Article 43 of the Kenyan Constitution, 2010



Kenya Pastoralist Week


The Kenya Pastoralists’ Week (KPW) is a multi-stakeholder partnership project held annually since 2003. This week brings together an array of alliances drawn from individual pastoralists, pastoralists’ associations, government, private sector, academia and mainstream civil society.

This is a unique opportunity for the various stakeholders to access pastoralist audience and markets, which are often hard to reach. Initially, this event has been held in Nairobi. However, since 2012 we have taken a more county based approach to reach to pastoral community. It started with Isiolo County in 2012, Turkana County in 2013, Narok County in 2014 and Laikipia in 2016.



Declining Land Acreage is Pastoralists’ woe