• Kenya

    Programme priorities:

    Policy dialogue and advocacy for water integrity. Integrity management and compliance in rural water supply and community-managed water schemes. Capacity Development on integrity, governance and advocacy for Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs). Integrity and risk management in the Water Services Trust Fund.

    (c) Caritas Switzerland

PROGRAMMME
OVERVIEW

WIN works with a range of stakeholders in Kenya to promote water integrity at different levels.

Since 2010 WIN has been working on tools such as AWIS, to establish a shared understanding of main integrity challenges in urban water supply, and the IM Toolbox, to work with utilities to improve integrity in service delivery.

WIN and partners are now starting to roll out an adapted IM toolbox for small water systems by training county officials and NGO/CSO partners, as well as collaborating with WASREB to embed the IM approach as a tool within the regulatory framework.

Amongst other activities to support capacity building and accountability for CSOs active across the water sector in Kenya, WIN supports KEWASNET with the publication of the Annual Water and Sanitation CSO Performance Report on the CSO contribution to the sector. Together with KEWASNET and other partners, WIN is currently undertaking research on integrity in public financial management at the county level.

WIN supports the Water Sector Trust Fund in better managing integrity risks within its investment programmes, which provide financing for WASH and WRM projects in underserved areas.

In collaboration with GIZ, CESPAD, and the Water Resources Authority, WIN promotes tools for Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs) on organizational governance and integrity, advocacy, and communication.

 

CONTEXT &
CHALLENGES

In April 2017, the new Water Act was signed into effect. It intends to align the water sector to devolved structures of government and gives county governments the mandate for water and sanitation service provision and for the development of county water works. From an integrity perspective, devolution creates spaces for public participation and accountability at local level. Still the risk that oversight could be weakened and corruption problems be decentralized persists.

CSOs and development partners in the Kenyan water sector have the opportunity to enable citizens to effectively use new spaces to influence planning and hold county governments to account. WIN is currently adapting its country programme to put emphasis on citizen engagement at the county level.

 

KEY REFERENCE
DOCUMENTS

 

Report on the contribution of CSOs to the Kenyan water sector, including follow-up of Integrity, Quality, and Compliance indicators (2015/2016).

 

Report on the CESPAD capacity building programme for water resource user associations (2016/2017).

NEWS
AND ACTIVITIES