Overview of KAPA

The Kenya Alcohol Control and Policy Alliance (KAPA) is a network of likeminded organisations set up in 2009 that seeks to advocate for the implementation of evidence based alcohol policies and programs in Kenya. KAPA is the local chapter of the East Africa Alcohol policy alliance which was also established in 2009 in Arusha, Tanzania to lobby East African governments to develop and implement evidence based Alcohol policies.

KAPA’s founding organizations include: Students Campaign against Drugs (SCAD), International Institute for Legislative affairs (ILA) Kenya Girl Guides Association and Blue Cross-Kenya. These organisations have agreed to work together in this project and the coalition will be guided by values of: Respect, Transparency, Accountability, Team work, Integrity and Innovativeness.


A healthy, informed and productive society free from harmful effects of alcohol.


To coordinate development and implementation of evidence based alcohol control legislation and policies through advocacy and innovative programmes.

Core Values

  • Respect
    We seek to dignify every person regardless of race, gender, creed, economic or health status and age. We also seek to understand our personal differences and points of view without compromising our core mission.

  • Integrity
    We show impartiality, fairness and honesty while upholding the highest ethical standards when implementing programmes.

  • Accountability
    We will always act accountably and in openness in accordance to the duties that it owes to stakeholders and beneficiaries.

  • Team Work
    We contribute fully to the activities of the team to address shared challenges through common effort. We share information and resources as we coordinate, develop and implement of evidence based alcohol control legislation and policies.

  • Innovation
    We always work to find sustainable solutions in a changing environment through evidence based alcohol control legislation and policies.


  • To empower youth to make informed decisions concerning alcohol.

  • To support Government department and other stakeholders of effectively implement alcohol control legislation and policies.

  • To carry out Monitoring and Evaluation of various alcohol control legislation and policies.

  • To conduct research on alcohol related policy issues.

  • To offer policy recommendation on how to effectively control alcohol.

  • To foster collaboration with other like-minded stakeholders.

  • To mobilize resources to coordinate alliance activities.

  • To foster capacity building for alliance

KAPA History

KAPA started in 2009 when the idea of establishing the alliance was born at the Arusha Alcohol Conference. This was followed by setting up of a steering committee composed of two founding members, that is, Kenya Girl Guides Association and Students Campaign against Drugs (SCAD). Thereafter, most of 2009 was spent by individual members developing their advocacy programmes.

During the 2nd East Africa Alcohol conference held in 2010, more Organizations were admitted into the network. Current members of the network include: Kenya Girl Guides Association, Students Campaign against Drugs (SCAD), Blue Cross, Africa Mental Health Research Foundation and International Institute of Legislative Affairs.

The alliance increases the level of awareness, dialogue, resources, and helps overcome individual shortcomings of members. As an alliance, more advocacy ideas and funds becomes available through increased access to development partners and stakeholders. Currently KAPA secretariat is housed at SCAD offices in Nairobi.

KAPA is an affiliate member of Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) whose mission is to reduce alcohol related harm worldwide by promoting science based policies independent of commercial interests. GAPA‘s main objectives are to be a strong voice for alcohol policy globally and to be a more effective advocacy network in specific global, regional, national issues. Furthermore, as member of GAPA, KAPA does not receiving any funding from or providing in-kind services or support to alcohol companies or their subsidiaries, agents, social aspect organizations or consultants.

The remarkable growth experienced by KAPA stems from its belief that success attained in alcohol control in other parts of the world can be replicated in Kenya. This belief stems from the knowledge that where and when a vision has been set, the enabling frameworks introduced, stakeholder support secured, consistency in vision maintained, aggression and sustained leadership provided, and resources made available, success has, invariably, ensued.

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