The Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP) was founded in 1999 and registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 2001 by the Kenyan government. It was formed by Ogiek elders, opinion leaders, farmers and professionals after long land historical injustices that deprived the Ogiek community of its rights as Kenyan citizen. Its aim is to promote and protect Ogiek culture, land, language, environment, and human rights. It is based in Nakuru town and operates in three main districts inhabited by this community namely: - Nakuru, Mt. Elgon and Narok.
OPDP was founded so as to provide a springboard from which Ogiek community can take a lead role in articulating and advancing their developments, aspirations, priorities and social needs and constantly engaging the government and other shareholders on these issues. It is dedicated to the protection of Ogiek culture, human rights, political, socio – economic, environmental and education improvement by the way of training through workshops, round table meetings, seminars and holding public forum. Since 2003, OPDP has been heavily involved in civic education for the community on the constitution review, land policy and other public processes, including defending the community in the context of the ongoing Mau Forest Complex planned Eviction.