Towards Inclusive Partnerships: The political role of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and the Official Development Aid System (ODA) in Nairobi, Kenya.


The Official Development Aid (ODA) system increasingly includes Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) in LLMIC in development partnerships. This project investigates how the different positions of two CBO's in the ODA System in Nairobi, Kenya, constrain and/or enable their political roles and their potentials to contribute to inclusive development. The research aims to expose the tensions that exist between the assumptions of the Theory of Change regarding the political role of CBOs and their implementation in practice. By focusing on the everyday dynamics and practices of CBOs and their members, this research engenders both context-specific and general answers to vital policy-oriented questions concerning 1) the type of support needed for CBOs; 2) the criteria for donor support, and 3) the relationship between the local context and the CBOs political roles. By using a variety of qualitative methods, it takes as its locus the CBO and its community. As such, it is structured as a knowledge collaboration between academics, community researchers, local organisations/CBOs and their members. Accordingly, the research outcomes will not only provide knowledge that will support policy makers working in the ODA system but, simultaneously strengthen the capacities of the participating CBOs.


Project number

W 08.311.106

Main applicant

Dr. L.S. Nencel PhD

Affiliated with

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen

Team members

Dr. J. Fontein, S. Kiriro, J. Mathenge, Dr. L.S. Nencel PhD, E Rwigi, Dr. N. van Stapele, L. Woensdrecht


15/12/2017 to 31/03/2018