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Netfund Green Innovations Award


Environmental awards are a great avenue to generate interest from Kenyans towards sustainably managing their environment. NETFUND hosts the annual Green Innovations Award (NETFUND GIA) that seeks to recognize outstanding individuals, groups and organizations who have demonstrated exemplary innovative, environmentally-responsible and sustainable initiatives in the country. To ensure equity in the programme, all levels of the society with particular focus on bottom of the pyramid (BOP) are targeted in the GIA awareness campaign.



An environmentally responsible and motivated society embracing best practices for a clean, healthy and productive environment.


To promote self-regulation and best practices in environmental management.

Objectives of the NETFUND GIA

  1. Enhance public awareness on green growth initiatives
  2. Promote an enabling environment for green growth initiatives
  3. Support the development of green enterprises. GIA is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), WWF, USAID, JICA and other development partners.


We continuously look for ways to advance the participation of all demographics and sectors of Kenyans through our publicity campaign, categories of the award developed and partnerships formed. This is the “people’s award”.


We seek initiatives that show resourcefulness through emerging environmental management technologies. We are excited to see what Kenyans are accomplishing with the resources that are entrusted to them.


We are conscious that alone we cannot make an outstanding award system. We actively seek the support of other institutions and individuals so as to deliver better value to our beneficiaries.


We select, reward and advance beneficiaries based on their passion which is reflected by the difference they are making with the creation of unique green initiatives.

NETFUND GIA begins with a comprehensive and inclusive awareness program that reaches all levels of the society with particular focus on bottom of the pyramid (BOP). The programme focuses on the thematic areas of Agribusiness, Water, Energy and Waste management.

GIA seeks to promote green growth and address the impacts of climate change through efforts that will contribute to a low carbon and climate resilient development pathway. Transitioning to a low carbon climate resilient development pathway can address future risks, thereby improving Kenya’s ability to prosper under a changing climate while reducing the emissions intensity of a growing economy.

Promotion of self-regulation by recognizing and awarding best practices and promoting innovative low carbon climate resilient technologies or initiatives  is achieved through an awards program, an incubation program for exceptional green initiatives that include a commercialization/acceleration component upscaling green initiatives and promoting research and the implementation of green growth policies.

NETFUND has successfully carried out three GIA award cycles: Prestigious Green Award, Green Innovations Award Phase II (GIA II) and Phase III (GIA III).


Prestigious Green Awards Phase I (previously known as Prestigious Green Award) was carried out in 2011/2012 financial year as the inaugural award scheme. 12 innovations were selected based on the eligibility criteria set by the management. The target categories were CBOs, individuals, primary schools, secondary schools and tertiary institutions. County representation across the country was well captured based on the inclusivity principle.


The NETFUND GIA Phase II commenced in 2013/2014 financial year. This phase had distinct thematic areas of water, energy, agribusiness and resource based waste management.

The target categories were expanded to include primary schools, secondary schools, community based organizations (CBOs), individuals, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and green villages. In addition to recognition and upscaling, the components of incubation and commercialization were included in the award. This was with the realization that for sustainability, these programs would need to align to the green economy ideals.


Green Innovations Award Phase III (GIA III) started in 2015/2016 financial year, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Government of Kenya. At the launch of phase III, 22 projects were competitively selected from a pool of close to 10,000 applicants. Out of these, 15 projects were selected for upscaling in the four thematic areas. The programme in this phase has three major components:

  1. Awareness creation on green innovations and best practices
  2. Creation of an enabling environment for green growth
  3. Green Enterprise Development


NETFUND GIA phase III focuses on four thematic areas: water, energy, waste management and agribusiness.

Projects with potential for business incubation received support worth up to KES 5,000,000 as technical and business support. Some successful graduates of the NETFUND incubation program received seed funding of up to KES 2,000,000.

About 40 green businesses have since benefited from the NETFUND GIA funding opportunities.

The target groups and categories were primary schools, secondary schools, community based organizations (CBOs) and individuals. A total of 12 winners were awarded in a gala held on May 19, 2016. The award thematic areas were broad as they focused on all aspects of environmental conservation and management. The award provided a platform for recognition of the winners/ beneficiaries.

Project initiatives or ideas entering the award must

  1. Be located in Kenya.
  2. Demonstrate a clear focus on environmental management and conservation.
  3. Where applicable, conform to existing environmental regulations and should not have current environmental penalties/criminal records.
  4. Demonstrate commercial viability and sustainability.
  5. Be aligned to NETFUND GIA thematic areas of Energy, Water, Agribusiness and Waste management.

What sort of initiatives can apply?

The NETFUND GIA thematic areas:

  1. Energy: Innovative energy solutions such as renewable energy, alternative energy, energy conservation and efficiency etc.
  2. Water: Innovative management of water resources such as water conservation, water recycling, efficiency in water usage, protection of water catchment areas etc.
  3. Agribusiness: Innovative use of technology to drive agricultural based businesses such as sustainable aquaculture, seed production, value addition and crop production etc.
  4. Waste management: Innovative methods of waste management such as recycling and upcycling etc.


Who can apply?

Transparent eligibility criteria and evaluation

  1. The NETFUND GIA award process is a fully transparent process that guarantees impartiality and equal treatment to all applicants in terms of inclusivity and representation. All Kenyans are eligible to qualify for the grant; there is no discrimination on any grounds for entry to the award. NETFUND has put mechanisms in place to ensure that all 47 counties of Kenya are represented in the Grant Award. Women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the award process.
  2. GIA entry criteria
  • An initiative may only be entered once and under one category and theme only.
  • A person may submit multiple entries; however each entry must be submitted separately, must be based on a separate initiative, must be substantially unique and must independently comply with the stipulated conditions of entry.
  • Where an entry has been submitted in more than one category, the judges shall make a final decision on which category or theme it should fall.
  • Entrants who have not won in a previous award season may re-submit their entries provided such initiatives has been materially developed since the last entry.
  • Entrants shall be made aware of, and required to commit, that in the event that their entry is selected as a finalist, they will be invited to participate in all reasonable promotional activities in relation to the award programme as requested by NETFUND and its partners, including but not limited to a Finalist Interview, Finalist Entrant Photo-shoot and an grant Awards Ceremony.
  • The award entry application window is communicated to the public during which different strategies are used to identify innovations. These include but not limited to use of field scouts and leveraging on partner organizations.
  1. GIA Award Ineligibility criteria

The NETFUND GIA is open to all Kenyans. However NETFUND reserves the right to disqualify entrants or withdraw a grant if at its own discretion the entrant or awardee does not uphold the value of the grant award scheme.

Ineligible entrants include:

  • Members of the Board of Trustees and employees of NETFUND
  • Members of any committee appointed by NETFUND to implement/manage the award scheme
  • Awardees of the previous NETFUND GIA award cycles
  • It is each Entrant’s responsibility to ensure that all requisite patent or similar applications have been made in all appropriate jurisdictions in accordance with their own independent legal advice before submitting their entry into the programme. By virtue of submitting an entry into, details (within reason) of an innovation may become public knowledge.
  • An entry made without making reference or a written consent of the owner of the Intellectual Property (including without limitation any visible logos, drawings, cartoons, phrases, trademarks, other third party materials, copyrighted material, or mark that identifies a brand). An Entry submitted without obtaining such written consent may result in the Entry becoming invalid for the purposes of this grant award.

  1. Recruitment of Judges and Panelists

NETFUND has established an independent Panel of Judges, business and technical experts. These judges and experts are competitively recruited in line with the NETFUND Human Resource manual and based on a set criteria. Each of the recruited judges and experts is required to sign a working contract with NETFUND that clearly spells out the terms of reference for their engagement. The recruitment team evaluates the applications to make recommendations for the award and rejections in accordance with the validated judging criteria.

Judging Criteria

The selection and ranking of entries is based on a validated judging criteria. Different criteria are applied at different stages of selection i.e. all stages are formally documented through standardized checklists and forms.

Preliminary selection: is carried out by the secretariat using an entries screening tool. All the eliminated entries are passed on to the Quality Assurance (QA) team for validation.

First level judging: is carried out by the judges based on First level judging criteria

The top 120 entries from this judging are shortlisted for field verification and national level Judging. Representation of all counties of Kenya is ensured within the shortlisted entries.

Field verification and Second level judging: is carried by a team of both business and technical experts. The experts are equipped with the necessary data collection tools and are required to submit detailed reports on each entry.

A. Grant Award Evaluation

NETFUND undertakes yearly monitoring and evaluation of the grant award process to assess the achievements, lessons learnt and the impacts created by the programme. During the evaluation process, stakeholders are consulted on various aspects of the project. The evaluation feedback and recommendations guide the design of the next award cycle.

The organization conducts regular beneficiary satisfaction surveys on the services offered.  In order to ensure continuous improvement of the programme, NETFUND undertakes regular internal and external review of the processes, procedures and tools of the programme.

B. Transparency and Accountability

As part of inculcating transparency and accountability in its processes and procedures, NETFUND engages external auditors to review the process undertaken and offer remedial actions on further areas of improvement. This guarantees credibility and assurance to the donors on funds utilization.

The Award Programme reserves rights to audit the grants to recipients when required. The awardee will be expected to comply with the audit requirements.

Grant Award Decision and Procedures

  1. a) NETFUND signs agreements on behalf of the grants awarding body which legalizes the decision making processes.
  2. b) NETFUND will notify all applicants in writing of grant award outcome
  3. c) NETFUND will notify the rejected applicants result in rejected applications by receiving reason(s) for rejection with reference to the pre-announced criteria.

Transparent Allocation and Implementation of Financial Resources

  1. NETFUND monitors the implementation of funded programme activities and support beneficiaries through capacity building, business support services,
  2. NETFUND carries out on site visits to monitor the implementation of individual projects
  3. The onsite visits are used to support the beneficiaries, gather and disseminate best practices, document impact stories and establish good relations between NETFUND and the beneficiaries
  4. NETFUND has provisions for the suspension, reduction or termination of the grant if the beneficiary fails to comply with NETFUND’s Award policy guidelines.

NETFUND has positioned the Green Award as the country’s apex award demonstrating good governance and innovative environmental management practices.

We believe that, by acknowledging and rewarding the valuable contribution made by corporates, groups, institution communities or individuals to environmental conservation efforts, sustainable management of natural resources will be promoted.

54 green businesses have benefited from the NETFUND GIA II and III and PGA funding opportunities.

Prestigious Green Award

No. Name of the initiative Contact person Category County
1 Filadelfia Women Crisis Centre Margret W. Muchendu CBO Nakuru
2 Tichkouma Community Based Organization Mrs.Leah Rege CBO Kisumu
3 Deka Plantation Rahul Bid Individual Nairobi
4 Afro Craft and Souvenoirs – Bamboo Propagation Initiative Miriam Jeruto Cheruiyot Individual Uasin-gishu
5 Nanyuki Dumping Site Rehabilitation Project George Kanyi Kuria Individual Laikipia
6 Wajir Girls Primary Environmental health club Nur Mohamed Bardad Primary School Wajir
7 Environmental Conservation Kuria James Thuo Primary School Kiambu
8 Lomolo Environmental Club Richard Kipyegon Cheboi Primary School Nakuru
9 Waste Management Spinach Growing Energy
Conservation Water Harvesting and Recycling
Gladys Chege Secondary School Nyandarua
10 Bio Gas Plant Margaret J Cheboswony Secondary School Marakwet
11 Promoting and ensuring Environment sustainability Mr. Richard Ogeto Keraro Tertiary Institution Homa Bay

Green Innovations Award II

No. Name of the initiative Contact person Category Thematic Area
1 Community-based Medicinal Plant Enterprise James Ligare CBO Water
2 Bamato Environmental and Sanitation Project Valentine O Mingeyi CBO Water
3 Low Cost Smoked Pots for Water Purification Dr. Josphert N. Kimatu Individual Water
4 Eco Fuels Kenya Myles Lutheran SME Energy
5 Green Gas Group Africa Initiative James Ngugi Njuguna Green Village Energy
6 Flexi Biogas Dominic Wanjihia SME Energy
7 Art Youth Research Cladyde Wanyama CBO Energy
8 Dajopen Waste Management David Ngigi CBO Energy
9 Integrated Chick Rearing Cooking Stoves Thomas Gichuru CBO Energy
10 Energy Conservation and Lia Bernard Koskei Primary School Energy
11 Generation of Power Using Biogas Agnes Secondary School Energy
12 Energy Pproduction (Biogas) Stanley Langat Secondary School Energy
13 Green and Litter Free Environment Mr. P James/ David Secondary School Water
14 MAA Briquette George Mochu Karaya SME Energy
15 Green energy generation from waste tyres Stanley Kirui SME Energy
16 Takawiri Craft Enterprises Michael Odhiambo SME Water
17 Aduwa Hill-Lower Nzoia and Lower Yala Riverine Restoration for Improved Jacob Ondiro Green Village Water
18 Mulukhu Women Group Esther Tunguta Green Village Water
19 Kakamega Environmental Program Dennis A. Shitanedayi Green Village Energy
20 Magiro Hydroelectricity Project John Magiro Wangari Individual Energy
21 Biodiesel Kenya Dr. Nicholas Mwenda Individual Energy
22 Water Harvesting , Fish Farming and Tree Nursery Alfred Kipkorir Individual Water

Green Innovations Award III

No. Name of the initiative Contact person Category Thematic Area
1 ICOSEED – Banana Fibre Production Patrick Gatare Muriuki Civil Society Organisation Agribusiness
2 Mrian Eco Cultural & Development Resource Centre Kongasis Women Group Women Group Agribusiness
3 Mudhiero Secondary (Biofuel from Water Hyacinth) Arwa Richard Ochieng Secondary School Energy
4 Zero Emission – Hydro-Turbine Chirchir Kipngetich Andrew Individual Water
5 Kaigoro Star Women – Banana Value Addition Carolyne Murugi Mbogo Women Group Agribusiness
6 Sweet and Dried Enterprises Ltd (Value addition of fruits and indigenous foods using solar drying technology for improved nutrition) Mercy Mwende SME Agribusiness
7 Eco Blocks Limited Maina Kevin Mureithi SME
Waste Management
8 Lofoda G-Meal Ouko Elisha Odongo Joram Civil Society Organisation Agribusiness
9 Cold Trout Fish Farming Robert Wambugu Wanjohi Civil Society Organisation Agribusiness
10 Unibrain Youth Business Incubation Center Oscar Makokha Sakayo Individual Agribusiness
11 Green Gates Yakeri Nadwa Caroline Individual Water
12 Green Charcoal LTD Mohamed Abass Bulale SME Energy
13 Evapocooler Abae Bakari Mohamed Individual Energy
14 COREC LTD Dr Aghan Joshua Oscar SME
Waste Management
15 Millenium Self Help Group Mbelesia Khamayo Victoria Women Group
Waste Management
16 Mt. Kenya CBO George Murerwa Kirigia Civil Society Organisation Energy
17 Folia Dasimz Jeremiah Mutava Simba Individual Water
18 Ukulima Tech Onyango Achieng’ Elizabeth SME Agribusiness
19 Lake View Fisheries LTD Petronilla Okinyo Mbeo SME Agribusiness
20 Gorge Farm Energy Park Kamau Christopher Macharia SME Energy
21 Eco-credit for Smallholder’s Farmers Ngigi Obadiah Hinga SME Agribusiness


GIA has received generous support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), USAID, JICA, and other development partners.

Projects with potential for business incubation received support worth up to KES 5,000,000 as technical and business support. Some successful graduates of the NETFUND incubation program received seed funding of up to KES 2,000,000.

Over 100 green businesses have benefited from the NETFUND GIA II and III funding opportunities. Read our beneficiaries’ profiles

The target groups and categories were primary schools, secondary schools, community-based organizations (CBOs) and individuals. The award thematic areas were broad as they focused on all aspects of environmental conservation and management. The award provided a platform for recognition of the winners/ beneficiaries.

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