Historically, the NCA Reform Movement is a brainchild of the National Convention Planning Committee(NCPC) established in June 1996 by representatives of stakeholders in the Kenya Constitutional reform process in Kenya. The NCPC organized a national convention in April 1997 to formulate a people's driven road-map towards making a new democratic Kenyan Constitution.
The Convention brought together more than 600 delegates drawn from key sectors across the country including opposition parties, professional groups, the business community, farmers' groups, trade unions, National NGOs, CBOs, academics and Kenyans' in exile. It was from this Convention that the NCA reform Movement was formed and the attendant NCEC to implement the resolutions of the Convention. Since then the NCA/NCEC has developed a rich history and track record in advocacy building coalitions, conducting civic activism and putting the issues of constitutional reform and governance on the public agenda.
Akiba Uhaki, under its Leadership and Institutional Strengthening Program,funded a project by the NCEC to undertake a strategic planning process in order to consolidate its identity, profile and reposition its the Vision and mission.
The need for strategic planning process was in realisation of the fact that despite having been a backbone of the civil society and the democratic reform push in Kenya, the political landscape has changed particularly following the rejection of the proposed constitutional draft in the 2005 referendum and the post-election violence in 2008 and that financial and human resource constraints require a re-look at the movement and develop new, innovative ideas and strategies that can energize its operations in realising its mission and objectives and strategically place it in a better position to influence current national human rights and social justice issues.