About ALIN

ALIN supports communities in East Africa to achieve food security and manage the effects of climate by providing practical and usable information using ICTs.

We enable communities to access information and knowledge through rural-based Maarifa (Knowledge) centres, publications, and web tools. Maarifa centres are public spaces that offer computers, Internet and library services and knowledge-sharing forums.

Proactive and consistent outreach to communities with information, training, support and even setting up of demo plots to ensure that communities receive and more importantly, are able to make use of the information and knowledge.


To improve the livelihoods of communities in East Africa through the delivery of knowledge and skills on sustainable agriculture, and adaptation to climate change using modern technologies.


To create a resilient and knowledge-driven society where communities have access to information and technologies to support rural development and livelihoods in East Africa.

Strategic Focus

Our Focus is on promoting solutions that enhance climate resilience, support communities to achieve food security and agricultural productivity and support technological innovations.

Our Story

The origins of ALIN/Reseau d’Information des Terres Arides (RITA) date back to 1987 at a conference organized by Oxfam-GB in Cotonou, Benin. The 65 partners from Anglophone and Francophone Africa who attended the conference came up with the idea of networking as a way of improving development practices in the drylands where Oxfam operated.