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.
KIWASH aims to accelerate and sustain improvements in water and sanitation access and services in nine target counties and improve complementary hygiene behaviors. In Kenya nationally, expansion in improved water and sanitation access has barely kept pace with population growth, respectively growing by only about 0.9% and 0.2% annually over the past decade according to Joint Monitoring Program (JMP 2013) estimates.
To ensure that improvements in access are accelerated and sustained, KIWASH is implementing activities which contribute to six distinct objectives: Scale up market-based WASH service delivery models, Increase and sustain access to finance/credit for WASH, Improved access to integrated WASH and Nutrition services, Increased production and consumption of nutrient-dense, diverse foods, Increased environmental sustainability of WASH services, Strengthen governance of WASH services and water resources institutions and Support targeted policy reforms advanced which stimulate and improve access improvements.
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.