Watershed Voices of Empowerment: Valentine
“Inclusion means that we should be in every meeting, in every board, in everything concerning the government or the county. You know, before they thought we were people who depend on others... but now we can speak for ourselves.” Valentine Mombafi Keraita,...
Published on January 28, 2021
Civil society influence in drinking water, sanitation and water resources budgets. Four pathways for change
This paper is largely based on research and work conducted in Bangladesh by the Development Organisation for the Urban Poor; in India by the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability and IRC WASH and in Kenya by the Water Integrity Network/Kenya Water and...
Published on December 22, 2020
Watershed Voices of Empowerment
Strong civil society leaders share how they are fighting to bring safe water and sanitation to their communities. For the past five years, the Watershed empowering citizens programme has proudly been championing the voice of civil society. It’s been guided by...
Published on October 7, 2020
Changes in the civic space for water, sanitation and sexual health rights in Kajiado County, Kenya
Two large scale programmes have been working in Kajiado County to improve the civic space since 2016. Namely: Watershed, which focuses on water, sanitation, hygiene and Integrated Water Resource Management (WASH/IWRM), with a budget for Kenya of about € 450.000...
Published on September 17, 2020
Governance animation – Kenya
For effective governance of water resources, duty bearers need to facilitate the processes of involving rights holders demands for services and accountability in water resource management. Citizen voice is critical. This animation has been produced for the Watershed...
Published on September 1, 2020
Importance of good community entry to boost sustainability
Numerous water projects in Kenya have failed due to poor community entry. According to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), more than 34.4% of Kenyan households depend on point sources of water (springs, boreholes), while 64.3% live in the rural areas. A...
Published on August 26, 2020
Let your voice be heard: Civil society’s role in public budgeting
Citizens have a right to know how the government is raising and using public money. Public money belongs to all of us because it is raised through the taxes we pay. Citizens have a right to know how government funds are being spent, and even ask the government to...
Published on August 25, 2020
Memorandum to the Kajiado County Assembly on the draft Rainwater Harvesting Bill, 2019
The Kajiado County Rainwater Harvesting Bill, 2019 is a private member’s bill brought to the County Assembly of Kajiado for possible enactment into an Act of the Assembly. The Act would provide for compulsory harvesting of rainwater in every residential,...
Published on August 20, 2020
Alternative financing for water investments
The Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment Area (ENNCA) in Laikipia County has limited water availability due to the small volume of existing storage capacity. This is attributed to insufficient investment in dams, pans, farm ponds, and rainwater tanks. Lack of finances and...
Published on August 20, 2020