Who we are

Our History

Founded in 1998 and registered in 2001 as Pact Kenya, Act! has made remarkable strides in the development sector in Kenya in neighboring countries. From 2001 to 2006, Act!, then Pact Kenya was a key player in supporting civil society engagement in the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement process that culminated in the independence vote and eventual separation of South Sudan from Sudan in 2010.

Fourteen years on, Act! is a leading Kenyan, non-profit, non-governmental organization following the organization’s official rebrand as Act Change Transform (Act!) in 2011. Presently, Act! has solid institutional, financial and governance systems that meet international standards as demonstrated in various management and financial audits. Our main program areas include: Environment and Natural Resources Management, Democracy and Human Rights and Peace Building and Conflict Transformation; all which are delivered through capacity development.

Act Change Transform (Act!) is a leading Kenyan not-for-profit, non-governmental organization involved in diverse development initiatives in Kenya. Act!’s main program focus is in Environment and Natural Resources Management; Democracy and Human Rights and Peace Building and Conflict Transformation.

Our holistic approach to development is delivered through capacity development. Established in September 2001 as Pact Kenya, and rebranded in 2011 as a fully-fledged local organization, Act! has provided platforms for articulating issues and processes, shared her expertise, experiences and best practices related to capacity development, organizational development and grants management.

Our Vision

Empowered citizens and communities living a productive life in dignity.

Our Mission

To support, partner with and to develop local organizations to be effective agents of lasting positive change.

Our organizational values and aspirations underpin every aspect of our work, ensuring that we approach developmental challenges facing Kenyans with commitment, fairness, flexibility and above all with integrity. In living true to our Vision and Mission, we are guided by the following four practical values:

  • Commitment: We remain committed to our Vision, Mission, and our partners and to the process of empowering marginalized communities to live better their lives. We will strive to deliver change and transformation at all levels of society.
  • Fairness: We believe that all human beings are equal under the law and deserve the opportunity to live a productive life and to feel safe and secure; and to participate in the life of the nation.
  • Flexibility: We are flexible in the way we work- applying our methods, tools and approaches as the context demands and adapting to the changing demands and needs of our partners.
  • Integrity: We will ensure that our work is of the highest standard, and that we behave ethically at all times. We will utilize the resources entrusted to us responsibly and efficiently. We will remain accountable to our partners, communities and benefactors.

Our promise is to remain accountable for the resources entrusted to us, working with National and County Governments and communities to achieve sustainable development in Kenya. If you would like to find out more about our programs or explore potential partnership, kindly do not hesitate to get in touch with us at: info@act.or.ke

Act! is governed by a Board comprising of individuals drawn from diverse competencies such as finance and grants management, legal, capacity development and civil society sector expertise. The Board provides policy, financial and strategic direction as well as oversight.


Francis A.Aywa,Board Chairman :

A lawyer and governance consultant with over 18 years of experience in civil society and governance work

Anne Nyabera,Executive Director:

Is the Executive Director, Act! with 15 years of experience in program management in civil society, bilateral and multilateral agencies.


Judith Oluoch:

  A seasoned Institutional and Capacity Development Specialist with over 18 years working experience. She has worked with several public and private Institutions both locally and regionally in designing, coordinating and facilitating Corporate Governance and Leadership programmes and various Institutional Capacity Building initiatives.

Teresa C. Maina:

is a Human Resources practitioner and a consultant with over 20 years’ experience in human resource management, strategic leadership, organizational development and change management. She is also a member of the Institute of Human Resources Management, Kenya and Institute of Directors, Kenya.

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Donald Mark Odera:

Is a Partner, Advisory Services at Horwath Erastus & Co. and a respected Accounting and Finance professional with extensive public and private sector and NGO experience. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA); a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA-K); and an Associate of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Alice Nderitu:

Is a Human Rights, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Specialist. She is also a Senior Advisor on peace processes within Northern Nigeria, Southern Sudan and Sudan for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.

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Samuel Ndonga Mwangi:

is an experienced professional with over 10 years in the private sector and international development space. He has vast experience in sustainable private sector development, renewable energy and agribusiness. He is also a Certified Executive in the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship and an Affiliate of the Kenya Institute of Management.

Prof. Karuti Kanyinga :

is an accomplished development researcher and scholar with extensive national and international experience. He has vast experience in the design and implementation of several large-scale program interventions in the human rights, democracy and governance sectors.

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