The National Council of Community-based organization was born out of concerted efforts by Gitau Njoroge, Mwangi Mukami, Munene Mwariri, and other community workers who got together and decided to form an umbrella body to agitate for legislation that would see self-help groups acquire a legal identity.
The organization began operations as Nairobi CBO Consortium and met at an office in Caxton House donated by Mwangi Mukami and Munene Mwariri. It had its first meeting at YMCA mamlaka social Hall and invited all self-help groups to join the Mamlaka Conference to allow for the formation of a sustainable umbrella body to cater for grassroots organizations.
During the inaugural Mamlaka Conference Mr. Gitau Njoroge was elected Chairman, Munene Mwariri elected Secretary and Mwangi Mukami elected as the treasurer and Executive Director. The team was tasked with the responsibility of registering the amorphous body and recruiting grassroots organizations to form a more inclusive body. In addition, the team was to source funds and convene the 2nd Mamlaka Conference within three months.
During the second Mamlaka Conference, grassroots organizations from outside Nairobi, requested to join the movement, which ultimately led to the agitation for a national body. The interim committee proposed the name of the organization to be Kenya CBO Consortium and Ms. Karen Kiarie, Ms. Jane Wanjira, Mr. Wekesa Chebayi, Mr. Oniang’o Obunaka, Mr. Thomas Aosa and Mr. Mpapaiyo Victor were seconded to work with the interim team and pursue an inclusive National body of grassroots organizations.
In 2005, the government through the NGO coordination board frustrated...