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Who we are

  1. Overview
  2. Our Values
  3. The Team

The Land Development and Governance Institute, (LDGI) was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization to fill the apparent gap in the land sector between pure advocacy associations and professional associations.

LDGI offers a bridge for communities and stakeholders to meet policy makers as well as for policy makers to meet communities for effective policy formulation and implementation.

  • LDGI advocates for good policies, laws and practices.
  • We track implementation of policies through our regular Scorecards and policy analysis forums.
  • We empower society by sharing information through media, artwork and capacity building forums at county level.
  • We carry out research to establish innovations in land use and development.

LDGI has successfully engaged the National Assembly of Kenya to take on board stakeholder input into the enactment of land laws.

Our work contributes to ending land related conflicts and disputes thus bringing social harmony.

We contribute to the fight against poverty through good land use and development; thus improving quality of life for communities.

MISSION: To contribute to improved livelihoods through offering a bridge between communities, stakeholders and policy makers in the promotion of equitable access and sustainable management of land and natural resources.

VISION: To become a centre of excellence in promoting the application of appropriate land policies, laws and management practices by empowering society through innovative and knowledge based advocacy and capacity building in Kenya and the region.

LDGI values of Integrity, Trust and Professionalism influence the way we work every day and everywhere.

We endeavour to use Creative and Innovative ways to achieve our vision.


 Mr. Ibrahim Mwathane

Mr. Ibrahim Mwathane


Executive Director
Dr. Mwenda Makathimo
Board Member 
Prof. Johnstone Kiamba

Board Member
Mrs. Catherine Kariuki
Board Member
Mr Edward Kateiya


The Secretariat facilitates LDGI activities by: supporting implementation of programmes, including financial management, administration, planning and monitoring projects, mobilizing resources, promoting communication and knowledge sharing.

The Secretariat is headed by the Executive Director, who is accountable to the Board of Members.

Dr. Mwenda Makathimo
TITLE: Executive Director
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Lucy Mwangi LDGI
Lucy Mwangi
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Monica Wanjohi
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Mr Edward Kateiya

Mr. Edward Kateiya is the Business Development Services Manager of KENFAP Services Limited (KSL), a commercial arm of Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP); an umbrella farmers' organization representing interest of 1.83 million Smallholder farm families both crops and livestock spread all over Kenya and legitimate "Farmers Voice" in the country.

He is a Land expert currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Agricultural Economics specializing on land as a critical factor of production in farmer entrepreneurship for empowerment, Kenyatta University, Master of Science (Msc) in Agricultural Economics THESIS: Effects of Land Tenure Status on Land Productivity and Sustainable Livelihood in the Traditional Pastoral areas of Kenya: A case Study of Narok District and a BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

He has over 20 years Professional working experience in different capacities for different organizations as Policy & Research Analyst, Agricultural Economist, Agricultural Officer and Market Advisory Services Specialist in farmers Organization, Government, various Institutions as well as River Basin Development Authorities. He has a wealth of knowledge in community development, multi-stakeholders lobby and advocacy strategies (engagement, consultation, participation and representation) that foster the interests of farmers by stimulating beneficial changes in the dialogue process. He is a member of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Land Sector Board and actively contributing to various Technical Working Group in Ministry of lands representing farmers' interests in the National Land reforms process.

Kateiya has skills in Ex-ante and post policy analysis, five steps of effective advocacy research for lobby, profiling of farmers organizations and associations, project planning, identification and proposal writing, Leadership for successful performance management, Total Quality Management, Performance Appraisal System, Result Base Management-Rapid Results Initiative (RRI), Result Base Monitoring System, Optimizing the performance of Producers' organizations as well as Qualitative and Quantitative analytical research.