Our History

Allavida was established in August 2001 as a merger of Charity Know How (CKH) and Alliance magazine, both of which were formerly part of the Charities Aid Foundation. In the period 1990-2001, CKH made almost 1,000 grants towards increasing the skills, knowledge and experience of NGOs and community organisations throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States. CKH also introduced longer-term training and development programmes which have become the foundation of some of Allavida’s work today. In 2003, in response to Allavida’s expanding work in East Africa, a regional coordination office was opened in Nairobi. From 2007, the Nairobi office became the administrative hub of Allavida’s network. In December 2006, Allavida helped create and launch the Alliance Publishing Trust as a new independent charity to house and publish Alliance magazine. At the end of 2008, Allavida in UK closed and handed over all assets to the Board of Allavida (Kenya) which is established as a company limited by guarantee with a non-profit status. On the 14th of March 2008, Allavida was formally incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in Kenya under the Companies Act (Cap.486) with certificate number C.151504.