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History of Viwango

Kenyan CSOs realized that there was a need to inspire and nurture a culture of continuous improvement to deliver superior value to the relevant constituencies. The civil society leaders were convinced that high standards of practice and performance could enable CSOs achieve greater relevance, recognition, and results, and enhance their sustainability.

Their efforts led to the ground-breaking Kenya Civil Society Competence and Sustainability Programme (KCS-CSP). KCS-CSP carried out extensive consultations with a broad cross-section of Kenyan civil society and developed a new Civil Society Standards, a Code of Practice and a Self-Assessment Tool.

The founding CSOs initiated a Strategic Thinkers’ Forum held in March 2009. It was agreed to establish a new institution called Viwango to be responsible for driving the new agenda for professionalism and integrity within the civil society forward. This new organization is result of 3 years work by leading Kenyan CSOs working in collaboration with the NGO council and NGO Board, civil society networks and the National CBO Council.

The standards for CSOs are therefore intended to create a benchmark against which sector players can measure their own performance and compare with other organizations and act as a catalyst for continuous improvement in the quest for excellence, quality programming organizational sustainability and recognition.

Viwango will also promote adherence by CSOs to these generally acceptable ethical standards and operational norms. It will set principles and standards of behaviour for responsible practice, to protect the credibility and integrity of certified CSOs and their networks in Kenya.


Our Vision, Missions and Values

Our Vision:

Civil Society is credible contributing to the transformation of society

Our Mission:

To improve the performance of CSOs through the promotion and application of minimum standards and voluntary, independent certification.

Our Values:

  • Excellence – Pursuit of the highest standards of professionalism possible.
  • Equality - All Civil Society are treated the same.
  • Ethical – Accountable and transparent in all actions and relationships.



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