The CONARD programme engages citizens/community at county and national levels to understand and participate in political decision making processes so as to influence environment and natural resource development/investment discourses, issues and management in rural as well as urban settings in the country. It helps the community to develop integrated and coherent policy responses to environment and natural resources problems, to strengthen, improve compliance and enforce implementation of policies. This reconciles the competing imperatives between development and sustainable environmental management through the promotion of policies, laws and institutional processes that protect and enhance good governance.
The overexploitation of the common properties and natural resources in Kenya is majorly informed by the failure to strike a reconciliatory balance between social, economic, ecological sustainability and human development. The failure to attain the balance has led to huge losses of biodiversity and livelihoods which highly depend on the wellbeing of these resources. RECONCILE through the COMPLY programme undertakes research, advocacy and capacity building on policies and laws that govern common property resources, with a view to securing access, control and user rights for communities that depend on these resources for their livelihoods. The programme works with stakeholders to address the challenges of privatization and development that threaten use, access and the sharing of accrued benefits by the communities like pastoralists, forest dwellers and fisher folks.
The Rangelands, Advocacy and Policy Program seeks to make rangelands tenure secure through a process that builds on knowledge and experience sharing, innovative interventions, research and documentation of best practices that contribute to effective and sustainable use of the rangelands. Through this programme, a platform to engage with different stakeholders including the CSOs, Government, development partners and the communities in developing, piloting and implementing policies and laws to secure the rangelands and other natural resources.
The projects goal is to work with the government and other stakeholders through a process that will bring change and facilitate sustainable development of the rangelands. This is in part the outcome of broader attitudes and policies towards pastoralism.
Is an environmental justice programme of RECONCILE which works to promote access to environmental justice through research, environmental legal education and awareness creation, capacity building, training and public interest environmental litigation.
Through this programme, RECONCILE has established the Western Kenya Environmental Law Centre (WKELC) to empower citizens to promote environmental law enforcement and compliance through pro bono litigation. This was initiated through the former provinces of Western, Rift Valley and Nyanza.
RECONCILE undertakes consultancies in the areas of policy and legislation research and analysis, environmental, natural resource and conflict management and monitoring and evaluation for different development actors in the Horn and East Africa. The staff of RECONCILE have undertaken such assignments in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan. The clientele for this type of work includes: government ministries and institutions, UN agencies, national and international NGOs, and Universities.
RECONCILE, further runs an internships programme to university students specializing in environment and natural resources management, policy and law, gender, poverty reduction and community development and social sciences. The programme aims at equipping students from National and International certified learning institutions with evocative field experience in their relevant discipline.