About Us

Our History
KINNAPA Development Programme is a community based non-profit organization. It was created in the early 1990s by people from six villages, to deal with land encroachment issues facing pastoralists and peasants in the district of Kiteto. It was officially registered in January 1992 under Societies Ordinance 1954 and obtained “Certificate of Compliance” in 2006 under the new NGO Act of 2002. The name KINNAPA is an abbreviation of the names of those six villages, which are Kibaya, Kimana, Njoro, Ndaleta, Namelock and Partimbo. In Maa, the language of the Maasai, the word means "we help each other". Its success was based on People's solidarity to protect their land Rights in order to improve their standards of living. The founding villages worked together for Village Title Deeds and when they succeeded to obtain them, it was decided to form Community. Based Organization that would continue to facilitate their developoment issues. Thus, KINNAPA was founded.


To contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for pastoralists, hunter-gatherers and small scale agriculturalists in Kiteto District, while ensuring Community participation in Development Projects, Gender Balance, Accountability, Tanzania’s National Interests and Sustainable Resource Management.


Quality Standards of life for Pastoralists, Small-scale Farmers and Hunter-Gatherers in Kiteto.


KINNAPA received initial funding in 1994 from NOVIB, who remained the major donor until 2010