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Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and Participation in and through WRUAs

What’s the story? The capacity development programme, ‘Strengthening transparency, accountability and participation in and through WRUAs’, aimed at leveraging the potential of the WRUAs in the Lake Naivasha Basin (Kenya) as reliable, transparent, and credible local water institutions.

In 2015, with the understanding that reliable and credible WRUAs are the linchpin for the successful management of water resources, capacity assessments of 12 WRUAs in the basin were conducted. From this analysis, the partnership developed three training modules to counter the identified gaps, and then trained and in the follow-up coached four pilot WRUAs in three areas:

  1. Internal governance and integrity

  2. Advocacy and lobbying

  3. Communications

What is a WRUA?

A Water Resource Users Association (WRUA) is a group of water users – individuals, farmers, the private sector, and other stakeholders – established under the Kenya 2016 Water Act for the collaborative management of water resources, and the resolution of water-related conflicts at a sub-catchment level.

Who was in the partnership?

The WRUA Good Governance Partnership implemented the programme, and included seven government institutions, NGOs, a water users’ association, and international organisations.

It was made up of: The Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development (CESPAD), in cooperation with Water Integrity Network, Water Resources Authority (WRA), GIZ International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), and – through the Integrated Water Resources Action Plan Programme and Community Based Natural Resources Management Programmes in Kenya – World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

What did they learn?

Key lessons, challenges, and solutions can be found in these two new case studies:

Cooperating for greater success in WRUAs

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WRUAs fostering transparency, accountability & participation

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Want more resources? Access the training modules via the Water Resource Authority.


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