About ADS – North Rift


Anglican Development Services – North Rift (formerly ACKER CCS) was established in 1984 as the development arm of the Dioceses of Eldoret and Kitale. In 1997, it was registered as a Company limited by guarantee under the name Eldoret Regional Company, (ELRECO). Its establishment was a deliberate effort to differentiate development services from the clerical aspects of the Church in order to achieve clarity and efficiency. ADS North Rift has practised an integrated rural development approach since 1992. ADS support community effort in nine sectors, namely:

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• Economic empowerment

• Health

• Water and Sanitation

• Food Security

• Sustainable Natural Resource Management

• Democracy and Governance

• Peace building and Conflict Transformation

• Gender Equity

• HIV and AIDS

Emphasis is on participatory approaches that aim to ensure that activities are in line with the priorities of the target communities and that these activities are truly owned by the people. Please visit website


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The programme is carried out in the Counties of Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeiyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Turkana, which are located in the North Rift region of Kenya. According to the Census of 2009 the total population of this region was 4.2 million, 50% of which are women. Please visit website

ADS Programme Organization

For purposes of efficient administration, programme administration is decentralised to six zones covering each of the six counties. Central Coordination is carried out by a management team, led by the Executive Director, who is assisted by the Programmes Coordinator and the Finance Officer. A programme Coordination Unit is responsible for providing specialised support to the Zonal teams. Oversight of ADS is provided by a Board of Directors that is elected by the Synods of Eldoret and Kitale. The Board has a number of Committees that include the Programmes Committee and the Finance and General Purpose Committee. The Board also appoints independent auditors to conduct financial audits each year in order to ensure financial probity. The work of ADS is made possible through support from various development partners who over the years have included Bread for the World, USAID, Church World Service (CWS), Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF), Njaa Marufuku Kenya (NMK) among others. Please visit website

Overview of the Programme Area

The six counties in which ADS - North Rift implements its programme are diverse but share many common challenges and priorities. Problems that are common to the communities are high levels of poverty; inadequate access to health services, water and improved sanitation; food insecurity; HIV and AIDS; and gender inequity. Please visit website