Only about 19 percent of Kenyans get their water from piped systems. In the KIWASH targeted counties, this figure drops to only 10 percent. The rest get water from wells and boreholes of uncertain quality, and from springs, rivers, and lakes, many of which are polluted. In response to this, KIWASH engages with the private sector as an approach for accelerating the scaling up of WASH services and access to affordable products. The project targets the larger, urban and peri-urban water service providers (WSPs) to professionalize their operations, helping them attract additional investment capital and improve revenue.
In addition, KIWASH targets the smaller WASH enterprises that currently exist in both the formal and informal sector to professionalize their operations by strengthening their business practices and increasing linkages with financial institutions.
The project also strengthens Water Resource User’s Associations by building their capacity to conserve water catchment areas, and works with county governments to strengthen WASH governance and policy development with the aim of improving water supply and services in the nine target counties.
- Engaging the private sector as partners, vendors, and service providers
- Engaging counties and institutions on climate change resilience and conservation of water catchment areas.
- Supporting sustainable WASH infrastructure
- Promoting the effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of WASH