About us

Vision, mission and strategy

ILRI's strategy 2013–2022 was approved in December 2012. It emerged from a wide process of consultation and engagement.

ILRI envisions... a world where all people have access to enough food and livelihood options to fulfil their potential.

ILRI’s mission is... to improve food and nutritional security and to reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock—ensuring better lives through livestock.

ILRI’s three strategic objectives are:

  1. with partners, to develop, test, adapt and promote science-based practices that—being sustainable and scalable—achieve better lives through livestock.
  2. with partners, to provide compelling scientific evidence in ways that persuade decision-makers—from farms to boardrooms and parliaments—that smarter policies and bigger livestock investments can deliver significant socio-economic, health and environmental dividends to both poor nations and households.
  3. with partners, to increase capacity among ILRI’s key stakeholders to make better use of livestock science and investments for better lives through livestock.

ILRI’s second 10-year strategy incorporates a number of changes, many based on learning from the previous strategy (2000–2010, initially produced in 2000 and modified in 2002), an interim strategy (2011–2012) and an assessment of the external and internal environments in which the institute operates.

Legal statement

ILRI was established on 21 September 1994 as an an international not-for-profit livestock research organization by an Establishing Agreement signed by the Governments of Kenya and Ethiopia, Denmark, Sweden, the Swiss Confederation and the United Nations Environment Programme.  Under the Agreement, ILRAD (the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases established in 1973 with headquarters in Nairobi) and ILCA (International Livestock Center for Africa established in1974 with headquarters in Addis Ababa) were unified to create ILRI as a single entity.

ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi Kenya and is co-hosted by the  Government of Ethiopia vide a Host Country Agreement (“HCA”) between the Government of the Republic of Kenya signed on the 29th of December 1994 and with the Government of Ethiopia signed on 8 June 1995.

Through these HCAs, the government (specifically Kenya, Ethiopia and other countries where ILRI has HCAs) extend to ILRI the provisions (diplomatic privileges and immunities including specified tax privileges) of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 21 November 1947.

Internal audit

Changing stakeholders expectations and a new view of risk management are prompting an important shift in the role of Internal Audit (IA) in many organizations. New demands, driven by multiple business objectives, from the board, senior organizational leaders and regulators are requiring internal audit group to refocus their efforts to beyond regulatory and compliance issues.Internal auditing is: "…an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes." - Institute of Internal Auditors, Inc.The principal business objectives of ILRI's Internal Audit Unit are:

  • Provide advisory services to assist ILRI's Management meet its objectives
  • Carry out audit assignments on identified areas based on the risks faced by ILRI
  • Carry out audit investigations on the request of ILRI Management or the ILRI Board of Trustees