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PO349, Off Hospital Road, Marsabit, Kenya

Thematic areas

Conflict prevention and early warning
Peace education
Transitional justice and reconciliation

The Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI) was established as a community-based organisation in 2003 to address the inadequacy of access to legal services for the poor people of Marsabit, Kenya.

HODI was registered as an NGO in 2007. The organisation has since grown to be the voice of championing peace and development in Marsabit through advocacy, education, community cohesion (through football) and livelihood support programs. Today, HODI has grown to over 25 members of staff and serves close to seven thousand people with offices in Marsabit and Moyale.

Mission: To champion justice and development in the Horn of Africa through advocacy, education, peace building and sustainable livelihoods.

Vision: A democratic and peaceful society engaging in sustainable development.

Last updated: November 2017



Using football to teach non violence to the younger generation, they learn to shoot with footballs and not with guns.  It starts with disarming the mind to accept those different from us and with 3 halves there is a space for young people to dialogue. No red and yellow cards, we do not punish violence instead we reward peaceful acts on and off the field. Since 2008 and supported by various partners, our flagship program has helped prevent young children from being sucked into ethnic rivalry and conflict and provided safe spaces for learning a culture of non violence through football.

Impacts so far: We are currently in 15 league fields in Marsabit northern Kenya reaching over 6,000 children . The initiative has been featured Soldiers of  Peace