Implementing the Water Governance Support Program funded by SIDA through KEWASNET that focuses on

1) Improved management of Water Resources, and Water and Sanitation Services provision,

2) Improved coordination of sector interventions

3) Improved transparency, integrity, accountability and sector decision making

Strong and active institutions that effectively respond to the SDG ambition.

Under the program CESPAD has replicated the best practices learned in the past regarding IWRM as a tool for climate change mitigation and sustainable water resource management and service provision. Established Baringo and Kwale County WRUA council for lobbying and advocating for better water resources management and thus access to better WASH services.

Established coordination multisectoral WASH and WRM forums in Narok, Baringo counties.

Empowered of Masai Women conservation champions based in Narok County to enhance livelihoods and hold duty bearers to account and participate in County’s water and environment decision making processes.

Currently CESPAD is spearheading WRM technical working groups in Kenya that aims at carry out an in-depth analysis on WRM financing and innovative approaches to sustainable WRM. The end goal is to come up with evidence based information for advocacy at the national policy level.

Implementing a project on “Enhancing Transparency, Integrity and participation in the water sector in Makueni and Nakuru Counties.

Areas of intervention include: Social accountability and evidence based lobby and Advocacy for policy and practice change, capacity building of rural water schemes and community water projects using the Integrity Management Toolbox to ensure leave no one behind and sustainability of water supply, compliance and increased coverage.

In 2019, CESPAD hosted a high-level delegation of 30people from South Sudan Government and stakeholders to come and learn best practices on IWRM and sustainable WASH practices from Kenya

Citizen Social Accountability Stewardship for Effective Water Governance and Water Security for All. The project was implemented under the Watershed-Empowering citizens, a strategic partnership of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in particular the IGG department, DSO and relevant embassies) and IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and AKVO. The project achievemnets were:

a. Capacity building of over 15 WRUAs and water users’ groups’ on: Social accountability, Advocacy, Financial management and resource mobilization, Sub – Catchment Management Plans development and implementation; enhancing the understanding of the budget process in Kenya for empowered collective action and voice in Kajiado County on water service delivery

b. Strengthened WASH/WRM framework through collective civil society engagement in County legal processes.

c. Establishment of a multisectoral coordination/ Summit forum from grassroots to County level involving all the key water and relevant sectors stakeholders

d. Establishment and empowerment of budget champions for collective lobby and advocacy and social accountability

e. Supported development of environment and climate change mitigation related laws such as the Draft Kajiado water policy, Charcoal and sand harvesting policies, rainwater harvesting bills in Kajiado County.

d. Strengthened the capacity of Kajiado County WRUA council to enable them to integrate IWRM as a tool in climate change mitigation, governance, resource mobilization and meaningfully engage the County Government executive and assembly in matters relating to sustainable water resources management.

we replicated the IWRM model/best practices from Athi basin and trained 14 selected WRUAs under the Towards Reaching Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights to Water and Sanitation for Rural and Small Towns (TRESH) project under the J6P Program. The WRUA’s capacity on governance, climate change adaptation and ecosystem conservation were enhanced with significant improvement in the specific sub catchments that they are managing. Ten WRUAs in South Mau based in Lake Victoria south basin were trained.

• Governance and Compliance Training for Water Utilities (WSPs and CWSPs) in Five Counties (Kwale, Laikipia, Nandi, Tharaka Nithi, Migori Counties) under WSTF for the J6P. ‘Support to Equitable Access to Quality Water, Basic Sanitation and Enhanced Water Resources Management in Rural Kenya’ a four-year [2014 to 2018] programme

• “WRUA Capacity assessments and trainings in South West Mau for 15 WRUAs (included Sondu, Timbilil, Yurith, Dionsoyet, Sisei, Upper Kipsonoi, Mid Kipsonoi, Kipsonoi Ngoina, Kipsonoi Kipkebe, Kipsonoi, Lower Sisei, Itare Chemosit, Ndoinet, Kiptiget Ndoinet and Minyage/Kiplegutik.

The trainings aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the selected WRUAs in managing their core duties and projects in a more accountable and transparent manner. In addition, the capacity of the WRUAs to take part in Water resources management (WRM) by having a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities while increasingly complying with international and national best practices on organizational governance was also enhanced

Enhanced good governance in and through WRUAs in Lake Naivasha Basin through capacity building of WRUAs in Narok, Nyandarua and Nakuru Counties; Development of training modules on WRUA organizational governance; capacity development for WRUAs in 3 specific areas: .

1) internal governance and integrity;

2) communication with members and local stakeholders;

3) advocacy towards county governments, the national Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), WRA and other stakeholders at policy level namely:

• WRUA Advocacy training module (WRA, 2017) Content developer.

• WRUA Capacity Assessment Tool (WRA, 2017) Content reviewer

• WRUA Communication Toolkit (WRA, 2017) Content developer.

• WRUA Institutional Governance and Integrity training module (WRA, 2017) Content developer.

Strengthened capacity of the Lake Naivasha Basin WRUA umbrella that is currently conducting evidence based lobby and advocacy and holding the duty bearers to account in Nakuru, Narok and Nyandarua Counties