Centre for Environment Justice and Development (“CEJAD”) is a registered national not for profit Non-Governmental Organization promoting promoting rural development and environmental justice in Kenya, through sound chemicals management and sustainable use of natural resources.
We do this by:
- Advocating and lobbying for pro-sustainability policy and legal framework;
- Educating and advising the public on available technologies and practices that improve human and environmental health in specific, and well-being in general;
- Conducting and/or participating in research that generate knowledge for influencing sound policies and actions
Our theory of change is promoting interactive decision making processes which widens the scope for meaningful participation and closes the gap between decision makers, various relevant interest groups and the general public. The CEJAD works with specific populations whose practices directly or indirectly affect and/or are affected by specific unsustainable production, consumption and waste management. In doing so we aim to create nodes through which these populations can network with relevant Civil Society Organizations, research institutions, private sector and government agencies to influence policy decisions and practices at county, national and extra-national levels.
Currently, CEJAD focuses on hazardous chemicals management relevant to the multilateral environmental agreements on chemicals namely; Minamata Convention on Mercury, Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes. In its work, CEJAD incorporates four cross cutting issues including human rights, environmental justice, gender, and governance.
We handle our programmes from the perspective of the Constitution of Kenya, which touches on all aspects of human development, relationships, individual and group rights. The geographical focus of the Centre’s programmes includes: Nairobi, Nakuru, Migori, Kakamega, Kisumu and Mombasa counties.
As an NGO, the CEJAD is governed by a Board of Directors which provides policy direction and oversees the management of the organization. Day-to-day management and coordination of activities is in the hands of the Executive Director who works together with other staff.
The CEJAD is accredited to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and participates in the Chemicals Management multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) including the Minamata Convention on Mercury convention, Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.
In addition, the CEJAD is a participating organization of a number of international networks including International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry, Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) and Pesticides Action Network (PAN) international.
“A just and sustainable society for current and future generations which is free of environmental toxins”
Promoting sound chemicals management and sustainable use of natural resources, by applying the principles of justice
We believe that sustainable development is a possibility and that adaptive innovation and creativity is necessary in realising solutions for development and environmental challenges facing communities in Kenya. We value our relationship with our target communities and partners. We integrate honesty, transparency, accountability and ethics in our governance, service delivery and partnerships.
We use strategies that support our theory of change of interactive governance such as:
- Right-based approaches to identifying and solving environmental and livelihoods problems
- Participatory research
- Awareness and education
- Influencing collective action by grassroots
- Building and supporting networks
- Identifying and promoting practical innovative alternatives