Governance and Community-Ownership
SAIDIA is registered under the Non Governmental Act of 1993 as n Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
SAIDIA is governed by an overarching Constitution. A Board of Directors (see below for current composition) oversees all strategic direction, policy level decisions and management or oversight, and funding for the organization. This Board also hires the senior managers and the director of the organization.
SAIDIA’s operations and programmes are run by a small staff of about 5 to 10 individuals (this depends on grants and funding status). Most of these individuals come from the northern Counties where we work. Occasional consultants are hired for specific jobs with concrete deliverables.
Community participation in required in all decisions and in all operations. The principle of community–ownership is one of several pillars of the organization and has been from the start of operations in 1986.
Board of Directors (as of 2017)
|Mary Anne Fitzgerald||Secretary (acting)||Kenya / UK|
|Gregory Lesikel||Health advisor||Kenya|
|Health advisor||Development adviser||Kenya / UK|
|Mary Ann Ropian Lechoe||Legal adviser||Kenya|
|Fozia Mohamed||Education adviser||Kenya|
|Francesca Lentakunye||Community rep||Kenya|
|Mary Lengewa||Community rep||Kenya|
|Joanna Pitman||SAIDIA UK Chair||UK|
|Ivo Philipps||SAIDIA UK Treasurer||Singapore/UK|
|Jane Kiama||Director (acting)||Kenya|
|Julius Gitonga||Senior Program officer|
SAIDIA operates on the principle that we can and must ensure that donors who invest in us should know their trust is well placed. We also ensure that SAIDIA always does what it says it will do. This drives our work towards measurable outcomes. Financial and programmatic accountability receives a great deal of focus from the Board.
Every year SAIDIA’s accounts are audited. For the past 8 years they have been audited by Wachina N Associates, CPA, P.O Box 60 – 10100, Nyeri, Kenya.