Through the 2010 Constitution, many WASH functions devolved to county governments. Among these are the responsibilities for water service provision and sanitation services. Smooth devolution of water services calls the county leadership to drive reform, but without disrupting services. KIWASH supports WRUAs, WRMA regional and sub-regional offices, county government staff, Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MOWI) and Ministry of Health (MOH) staff to refine roles, improve institutional governance, develop and implement innovative private sector partnerships, effectively allocate budgetary resources, and refine funding streams.
As devolution continues to progress, the need for policy reforms to strengthen county government structures and responsibilities arises to minimize confusion due to overlapping obligations and conflicting laws. Through strong engagement between civil society, the private sector, and government, KIWASH supports Kenyan government policy makers at the national and county levels to refine policies and institutional roles.
- Assist with water/WASH sector transition to devolution
- Strengthening local governance and management
- Support selected WASH sector policy reforms