KPDA was established in Nairobi in 2006 as the representative body of the residential, commercial and industrial property development sector in Kenya. It is an emerging Business Member Organisation which works in proactive partnership with policy-makers, financiers and citizens to ensure that the property development industry grows rapidly but in an organized, efficient, economical and ethical manner.
Kenya Property Development Association was originally incorporated in 2006 as an independent, membership association, lobbying, research and education organization under the name Kenya Private Developers Association. Later, the name was changed to Kenya Property Developers Association and the Articles of Associations and By-laws were amended accordingly. The reason behind the change in name was to expand the Association’s mandate to serve the needs of both public and private property developers in Kenya, as well as other relevant players in the industry.
KPDA aims to achieve its vision through the following activities:
- Promotion of Private Sector: Forge partnerships with industry players to develop innovative development and financing mechanisms to accelerate the growth of the industry;
- Advocacy: Engage government and other stakeholders in policy dialogue to stimulate the property sector. Harmonize development activities with Kenya’s growth agenda, global standards and citizen concerns, by engaging relevant stakeholders;
- Education: Provide networking forums to launch industry related advocacy initiatives, share expertise, information and experiences and build business networks;
- Research: Conduct research that will inform the decisions we make and adequately equip members with valuable and up-to-date information about the industry;
- Ethical Standards: Promoting our core values and ensuring that the association is defined by promotion and protection of set laws and regulations.
What are some of our Major Achievements?
- Contributes to the excellence within the industry through the promotion of world-class practice standards and sector-specific educational programs; and
- Compiles and disseminates focused research and analysis to inform sound policy analysis and public education.
- Following consistent and combined lobbying with industry partners and the National Construction Authority (NCA) , the NCA Construction Levy was scrapped off effective 1st January 2017;
- Our strengthened collaboration with the public sector resulting in KPDA being nominated into the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development Affordable Housing Contact Group;
- Committed service to policy reforms through our participation on the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Land, Housing and Urban Development Sector Board;
- Active and successful joint input into the review of the Proposed 2014-2015 Finance Bill;
- Established strong ties with significant industry players such as the Nairobi City County Government, the National Construction Authority, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, the Upper Hill District Association (UHDA), the UN Habitat, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) amongst others;
- Demonstrated our commitment towards Kenya having a sustainable, green environment by our continued collaboration with the UN Habitat and the Kenya Green Building Society;
- Our collaboration with significant market players in the establishment of the National REITs Association which will ensure the smooth implementation of REITs in Kenya as well market REITs to encourage foreign investment in the Kenyan property market;
- The consistent and informed release of data to our mailing list through our Media Weekly Review Reports and our bi-monthly e-newsletter,The Developer’s Digest;
- The successful organization of several events both aimed at providing professional networking and educating platforms
Our Core Values
- Integrity and Honesty: Integrity and honesty form the core of our daily decisions. We expect our members to uphold high standards of behavior and take personal responsibility for the decisions they make
- Transparency: We believe that transparency builds trust. We are upfront and visible about decisions and actions we take
- Professionalism and Diligence: We challenge and support our members to work to the highest industry standards. We honor our commitments and stakeholders’ needs to the best of our ability
- Sustainable Practices: We are committed to ensuring development serves human needs today while protecting the future of generations to come
- High Ethical Standards: We conduct our daily operations in accordance with the highest ethical standards with full commitment to observance of applicable laws
KPDA supports the property development industry in the following ways:
- Improving the industry capacity and image by making it a pre-requisite for all members to sign the KPDA Code of Conduct;
- Promoting public policies that make it easier to do business;
- Hosting educational seminars on (amongst other themes) upcoming building technologies, legislation governing the industry and the provision of affordable housing;
- Working with government and private sector players to identify issues of mutual concern and jointly address them;
- Forging relationships between industry partners for positive collaboration;
- Providing forums where developers network not only with each other but also, potential business partners as well as local and international investors;
- Linking our members to new financing, marketing and project management opportunities;