Our History

The Civil Society Urban Development Platform is a national Non-Governmental Organization, and a platform for civil society in Kenya working to promote sustainable development. CSUDP seeks to promote social inclusivity in the modern era of urbanization in Kenya through coordinated and multisectoral approaches to sustainable devolved development.

CSUDP is a successor organization of the Civil Society Urban Development Programme that was established in 2009. The latter has a purpose of achieving a strengthened and coordinated CSO partnership for policy advocacy and improved service delivery in selected urban areas.

CSUDP exists to facilitate and coordinate transformative, equitable and sustainable development for the benefit of the disadvantaged majority. The ultimate ambition of CSUDP is to achieve inclusive governance and improved service delivery, within the context of devolved governance in Kenya. This is pursued through application of democratic, human rights and partnership approaches.

With the support of several benefactors, CSUDP has to date championed innovative initiatives that positively shaped urban governance in various counties. These included supporting establishment of governance regimes that promote the rights of the urban poor. These were realized through strategic collaborations with the national and county governments, CSOs and professional bodies.

Our Core Values



We hold ourselves to the highest standards of truthfulness, ethical and moral uprightness.



We are devoted to creativity and learning as a foundation for continual improvement.



We are devoted to the highest levels of prudence, honesty and answerability.

Care (for the Planet)


We pledge to passionately protect and promote ecological wellbeing.



We are committed to promoting equitable access to resources, opportunities, rights and human dignity for everyone.

Our Philosophy

Our work is founded on the belief that everyone deserves a dignified life within ecological limits. To enable this, we invest in addressing the structural barriers to human development and inclusion, often in the areas of formal regulations, institutions, social norms and individual/collective capacity constraints. We therefore invest in strengthening civic, regulatory and institutional competencies; promoting appropriate ecological values and balanced interactions between humans and nature; and providing platforms for collaboration among complementary actors. We believe that by so doing, we can realize accelerated, scaled and sustained system level change.

Our Board

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Mr. Gordon Mumbo

Board Chair

Mr Mumbo is an Engineer with Social orientation, a dedicated leader in the promotion of People Centred development Programs with the disadvantaged communities across Africa. He has over 25 years of experience at Senior Management levels working for international organisations including UN in Africa and UK in water and sanitation. Vast experience in Public Consultation and Stakeholders engagement in International Development.

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Mr. Timothy Ndikwe


Mr. Ndikwe is a BCOM and CPAK holder. He has worked in various organization in the Finance Department over the last 30 years. Currently serves as the Finance Director for a leading cut flowers company and is also a director of the Kenya Flower Council.

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Ms. Maimuna Mwindau


Maimuna Mwidau has varied work experiences working with the Constitution Review Commission and in civil society organizations. She is a co-founder and chairperson of the league of Muslim Women of Kenya, a member of the Women Political Alliance and the National Women steering Committee for the implementation of the Constitution. She also worked extensively with the International Republican Institute as a consultant in Election observations in Bangladesh and Nigeria.

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Ms. Linda Munyao


Linda Munyao has worked for over 10 years in the private sector in various management capacities including as Environment Manager, and Quality Systems Auditor. She is currently the proprietor of Redfern Certification Consultants where she supports businesses to strengthen their environmental and quality management systems.

Ms. Mary Mathenge

Ms. Mary Mathenge


Mary is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Housing Cooperative Union (NACHU) and has vast experience in the cooperative sector for over two decades.

Our Staff Team

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Mr. George Wasonga

Chief Executive Officer

George (Msc) has over 20 years senior level urban management experience in Kenya and region. Experienced in management and programming in Local Authorities, Civil Societies networks and regional Local Governments such as Lake Victoria Region Local Authorities Cooperation (LVRLAC). Recent special assignments include co-secretary of Global Stakeholder Advisory Group (UN-Habitat), Member National Project Steering Committee Sustainable Urban Economic Development Programme (UK Aid) and Convener, Just City Working Group in Kenya (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung).

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James Mwanjau

Finance and Administration

James (MBA, CPA-K) with over 18 years’ experience in Programmes Financial Management/Reporting and Project Management Oversight, having worked with various institutions within the Africa Region, Asia, Latin America, USA and Europe

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Judith A. Oluoch

Business Development Manager

Judith (MBA, CHRP III) has over 20 years’ experience in academia, institutional development, corporate governance and human resource management in public and private institutions within Kenya and the region. She is a member of the Institute of Directors-Kenya, Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM-K) and African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.

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Ms. Robai Naliaka


Naliaka (MA – Development Studies) with over 20 years’ experience in Socio – Economic Empowerment for disadvantaged communities, Organizational Development and Program Management within Kenya and Djibouti.

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Mr. Fredrick Ogolla

Programs Specialist

Holds Msc in Project Management with over 18 years’ experience in Strategic Planning, Results Based Management, Evaluation and Learning with a focus on impact level results.

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Lucy Ndiho

Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist

Sociologist & Literary Critic. Holds M.A Degree in Gender & Development Studies with over 20 years’ experience in Development Work, Public Policy & Knowledge Management.

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Ms. Joyce Mburu

Finance Specialist

Joyce Mburu (MA in Project Management (c) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPAK) with over 8 years’ experience in Finance and Administration.

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Ms. Diana Waituika

Administration Officer


Our Partners

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