Lawrence Apiyo

The Co-ordinator

Lawrence Apiyo is Pioneer Community Organizer in Kenya, intensively involved in building grassroots peoples’ social movements and their networks in Kenya and Africa. He is the President of a Network of Organizations of Inhabitants in Africa that are concerned with access to services, adequate and affordable housing and local governance.

He is trained in:

He has interest in the pivotal role of Community organizing in advancing participatory approaches to development and building of an alternative society. He is the Founder of Community Organization Practitioners Association of Kenya (COPA-Kenya), and also Pioneer Community organizer with residents of informal Settlements and Slums against Forced Evictions in Kenya which led to formation of Muungano Wa Wanavijiji 1996 resulting in the Birth of Pamoja Trust 1999.He is a specialist in grassroots based peoples’ organizations governance. This has seen him support formation and organizational development of peoples’ organizations and their networks across the country. He is the Founder and Coordinator of Grassroots Trust for Community Organization in Kenya (GRATCO-K).

He is a strong believer in change from below by the affected people who are constantly driving their own processes, charting, managing their own affairs and deciding their destiny while networking with others. He is development educator, rights defender. He is inspired by and sees issues and inventing solutions guided by the vision of God, that of a just and equitable world. He is Conflict transformation Trainer. He is a founding member and Co – convener of National Civil Society Housing Coalition and a Kisumu Based Civil Society Network on Good Governance.