Strategies and Approaches

Cluster Approach

Following the questionnaire survey, a two-day meeting was held to discuss the findings of the results. It was in this

meeting that the groups validated the major cross cutting issues that affected their organization in one way or another.

The major and crucial issues were categorized into five core problem areas.

1. Funding

2. Health

3. Community Organizing/Networking

4. Security

5. Organizational & Personal Skills Development

In the meeting to discuss the findings of the survey, and in reflection of the common challenges, shared objectives the

groups validated that indeed there were cross cuttings issues and need for clustering and grouping their organisations

to enhance capacity and be more effective in implementing activities. Whether these cluster present better

opportunities to have joint proposals, or shared activities, joint membership rolls to avoid duplication would go a long

way in enhancing the groups and their members.

After deliberations the following clusters were created: KISUMU A, KISUMU B, SIAYA, WESTERN, KISII-MIGORI and RIFT VALLEY clusters.

SRHR Approach

Health is the second key pillar in NYARWEK’s strategic plan 2016 -2022. NYARWEK envisions promoting and providing integrated and inclusive health services and information that meets the unique needs of SOGIE persons. The SRH strategy models are:

  1. Peer to peer model – this approach is aimed at building the capacity of NYARWEK members on SRHR information and services delivery. It involves peer educators and SOGIE advocates to pass SRH information to other peers who are SOGIE. This also involves a Referral system to friendly service providers i.e. during outreaches, private and public health facilities. And also, distribution of safer sex commodities.  The peer to peer approach is effective and efficient hence sustainable on SRHR provision
  2. Training of Service providers model – this aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of service providers on SRHR issues of SOGIE persons, this to create safe space and reduce stigma and discrimination within the private and public facilities hence offering friendly services to the SOGIE person.
  3. Health and policy makers model – the approach aims at creating an enabling environment for SOGIE persons within the community. this improves knowledge of policy and decision makers on SOGIE specific SRH needs. It targets policy and decision makers at local, county and national level. It also brings together key stakeholders on SRH service provision

Other than SRHR, it has been realized that mental health and well-being of SOGIE persons affect their sexual reproductive health hence the need to ensure that mental health issues e. g depression, gay identity, IPV, DSA and anxiety are addressed

Human Rights Advocacy Approach

Strategic Focus

  1. Policy advocacy
  2. Human Rights advocacy
  3. Security advocacy
  4. Legal and paralegal services
  5. Access to services Education,Health,Economic opportunities and services.
  6. Public litigation
  7. Cultural and Religious influence
  8. Stigma and Discrimination (external/self)



The security system of Nyanza,western and Rift valley provides LGBTI network works in a responsive rather than reactive manner within the existing structures and systems adequately addressing reporting,monitoring and documentation of cases.

Most of this structures having been internalized  by the response teams who also act as informants to relevant measures and interventions to be adopted in the broader programming and implementations. Protocol administration is even made easier by the UTUNZI system that automatically picks reports and then relays them almost immediately to the closest responders on the ground for fact finding and information on actions preferable to situations.

In order to realize her objectives Nyarwek applies two key strategies;a rapid response to LGBTI emerging situations strategy and a local advocacy strategy.

The Utunzi System

Nyarwek’s system of reporting and security management however perfectly moulded still was not very responsive in reporting receiving.

Preference therefore was made to an online system as a means to ensuring perfect management of insecurities.

The Utunzi system receives and directs reports to the responders on the ground who are strategically located in different regions in the entire western Kenya. Responder Organization with security structures are also placed in Mombasa,Nairobi and Lodwa town.All of this responders have a tablet device for Ecommunication and a phone as well.The tablets have a GPRS tracking system that easily enables the security officer at NYARWEK to place their locations and confirm constantly if they are offline for safety purposes.

Religious Approach

The religious leaders approach aims at increasing levels of awareness and advocating for safe,tolerance,and acceptance of the LGBTI community within the society and religious context.

Why Religious leaders ?

  • Religious leaders have a significant impact on their community  and congregations .They speak both practically and prophetically within congregations to influence social,political,theological reflection around real contemporary issues.
  •  Through their leadership,clergy and laity alike can effectively address the issues of stigma and discrimination within and around their congregation,helping congregations confront stigma and discrimination and effectively begin transforming the religious cultures so as to start living into a new way of social and spiritual life in the midst of diversity.

Since 2012 Nyarwek Network has been partnering with organizations such as IAM,PEMA KENYA,LLH,other sheep ministries and the Western Kenya Interfaith on sensitizing, training and meeting with different denominations and religious leaders.

Known to Known

We utilise our current allies to link us to bigger and better allies who will in turn inform the achievement of our goal.

Applies the principle of our network being equivalent to our net worth.

Feminist and gender approach

Feminism has been used as a strategy for equality and thus gained millage in other countries; in the Kenyan context, this is a well result based and important especially with the trans populations and LBQ persons.