About us

CLAN! is an informal network of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Kenya. It was established in 2018 to share knowledge and build solidarity for tackling multiple lands and natural resources-related issues, in particular formalization of community land rights. This arises in the context of new legislation in Kenya which provides a new class of property, community lands, alongside the private and public property, and legal procedures through which the land of each community may be formally adjudicated and secured under an issued collective land entitlement (Constitution, Articles 61 & 63; Land Act, 2012 (as amended 2018), Section 5; Community Land Act, 2016 & NLC Act 2012). The Constitution defines community lands as including group ranches, trust lands, lands lawfully held/managed or used by specific communities as community forests, grazing areas or shrines, ancestral lands, and lands traditionally occupied by hunter-gatherer communities. The Constitution and land laws also provide for any other land to be declared to be community land by an act of parliament. The Community Land Act is emphatic that community lands hold equal legal force and effect with private and public property.


CLAN! is an informal network, and, as such, is not legally registered. The constitution mandates ‘grant holder organizations’ to receive and manage project funding on behalf of the network. The grant holder is a member organization, and operates on the basis of an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with CLAN!. Chepkitale Indigenous People Development Project (CIPDP) is currently the grant holder for CLAN! Network. CIPDP is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) under Kenyan laws, registration number OP.218. /051/2002/0302/2525.


Community Land Act gives communities opportunities to collectively use and manage land as communally owned by forming community assemblies and community land management committees to register their land and manage them.