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Indigenous Information Network (IIN)

IIN has existed as a non-profit NGO for more than 10 years and as contributed to areas of sustainable development, , biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation among others. IIN as a network is representative of major segments of indigenous peoples in East Africa at the national, regional and international level. Accordingly, the organization has participated in and contributed to conferences and other UN , GEF activity issues biodiversity, climate change, food security, women’s and children’s, health and sustainable development issues that impact on indigenous peoples. The organization through its activities has advocated for major policy shifts in the biodiversity conservation and climate change areas. IIN was granted in 2012 a special consultative with ECOSOC.

Date of Establishment:

10-May, 2001

Purpose of Organization:

The main purpose of the IIN is to create, maintain, promote, lobby for, strengthen, enhance and build the capacity and the socio-economic opportunities and development of the indigenous and minority peoples of Kenya through such suitable and appropriate means, strategies and forums including but not limited to generation and dissemination of relevant information, application of strategies employed towards and leading to proper and prudent conservation of environment, research on issues negatively affecting the growth and development of indigenous and minority peoples including the review of improper cultural and other practices and promotion of gender equality and in the attainment of these objectives, to collaborate and liaise with such existing community or non-community based institutions and other local or international institutions with and sharing similar objectives, aims and goals as those of IIN. IIN cooperates with other like-minded organizations which share its aims and values in order to achieve its goals. As people around the globe have become increasingly interconnected and interdependent, IIN seeks to enhance cross-cultural communication between and within all communities.


It has contributed to the work on environmental conservation , especially in the conservation of biological diversity and climate change adaptation etc. IIN has been and In biodiversity work it undertakes programs at community level and has been key in the work of the UN CBD in the working group on traditional knowledge (Article 8j). IIN has over 5 years been engaging with the national CBD focal point and implementing agency in development of the National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (NBSAP).
During the year 2007 it contributed case study document for the Commission on Sustainable development on different thematic areas up for discussion
Under climate change programme the organization has participated in the national, regional and international policy process It has and is still contributing in the UN specialize agencies like the World Bank through its representative to input into the forest investment programmes development of dedicated grant mechanism for indigenous peoples and local communities. IIN works at county government level in supporting development of county environmental policies. We already have built capacity of county officials
In 2011 we started a programme that focuses on POPs/chemical waste from extraction activities and its impact on environment and health of indigenous women. We are accredited and are still active in the Rotterdam and Stockholm convention policy process.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Contact Details
Street Address:
Old Posta Flats Block C #6,
Elgeyo marakwet rd off Ngong Rd,
P.O Box 74908-00200 City Square
Telephone No.:
+254 020 2499388 +254 020 2499389
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Others
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • National

  • Contact Person
    Ms. Lucy Mulenkei Key Contact Person
    Executive Director

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