IMPACT (Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation) is a peace building, human rights, governance, land rights, policy advocacy and community development organization. We are specialized and experienced working with socially excluded social groups specifically indigenous people such as pastoralist and hunters & gatherers communities.
The organization was started in the year 2002 as a result of increased human rights violation among pastoralist communities in Laikipia District by then.It was registered in 2003 as a community based organization under the then Ministry of Culture and Social Services and later transformed itself into a registered trust as a strategic deliberate effort to meet the growing demands of the communities. We also define and work on issues of intra-community marginalization (women, youth, and blacksmiths).
IMPACT works with pastoralist communities to address the major problems faced by minority and indigenous people as defined by Kenyan Constitution article 260, African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights(we have observer status) and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Labour Organisation Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples.
In this regard, IMPACT has been keen to tackle, first and foremost, the loss of land rights, historical land injustices, and exploitation of resources without participation or accruing benefits.
Secondly, IMPACT has been keen to tackle problems and challenges relating to government based development policies, social exclusion, corporate injustices and discrimination that continue to undermine the dignity of indigenous people and minorities in key target counties of Northern Kenya that include;