The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) is a five-year program of the US Agency for International Development, implemented by DAI with the goal of improving the lives and health of Kenyan citizens in nine counties through development and management of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.
From September 2020, KIWASH re-oriented its scope to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining and advancing the development gains. Through a US$9 million investment by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American people, KIWASH targets to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services for 140,000 Kenyan citizens in nine counties.
To ensure that improvements in access are accelerated and sustained, KIWASH is implementing activities which contribute to six distinct objectives: Sector coordination and planning, Support to social behavior change campaigns (SBCC), Build capacity of county staff to promote improved risk communication and community engagement, Support water service providers (WSPs) to maintain service provision, Security of WASH infrastructure, WASH in healthcare facilities.
All six core areas are not implemented in each KIWASH focus county but specific activities are selected at the national and county level in accordance with identified needs and gaps and USAID’s overall WASH strategy in Kenya.
To achieve this, KIWASH is working collaboratively with local government agencies, dozens of private sector companies and hundreds of communities. Our integrated approach contributes to the fight against extreme poverty by providing safe water. This helps to reduce illnesses that cripple productivity and builds household and community well-being and prosperity through economic productivity.