Our Work in Kenya

Our Role

The 2030 WRG began supporting multi-stakeholder collaboration in Kenya in 2014 by invitation of the government, starting with a hydro-economic analysis that identified a possible water supply and demand gap of 30% by 2030. This analysis created a sense of urgency that helped bring stakeholders together. Consultations resulted in the creation of a national Multi-Stakeholder Platform comprising a national governing board and three thematic focus areas in 2015.

Operationalization of the partnership coincided with a process of devolution, creating additional operational complexity and a need for coordination between national and county governments. To address this, the 2030 WRG prioritized alignment with the devolved government structure and channeled engagement into two tracks: the national-level governing board, where the national government provides strategic direction in line with national objectives, and the thematic working groups, where varied mandates are more effectively aligned, and county governments can directly address issues of relevance to their specific constituencies.

Despite a far-reaching Cabinet reshuffle in early 2018, the Government of Kenya’s commitment to the governing board and workstreams has persisted without interruption, reflecting a strong mooring within the various ministries and county governments.

The day-to-day focus of the 2030 WRG is to facilitate the efficient and effective functioning of the governing board and working groups. The 2030 WRG provides secretariat support to the partnership; develops project concept notes and proposals to implement solutions; identifies third-party implementers; mobilizes financing for project implementation; and monitors project progress, resolving key bottlenecks as required.


Climate Smart Irrigation Facility

The facility works to increase water use efficiency and accelerate water productivity improvements in agricultural cultivation in Kenya, particularly with smallholder farmers.

  • An Irrigation Financing Facility (IFF) is being rolled out in partnership with the International Finance Corporation and has progressed to the piloting phase. The pilot project will work with a portfolio of approximately 500 out-growers, alongside equipment suppliers, off-takers, and two commercial banks to provide access to credit, training, and agronomic support to smallholders who require irrigation systems.
  • In collaboration with the National Irrigation Board, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, County Governments, and the World Bank, the Agricultural Water workstream is exploring the replication of IFF business models alongside other farmer-led irrigation approaches in community-based irrigation schemes.
Mount Kenya-Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP)

With over 70 member organizations, the partnership works to mitigate conflicts between upstream and downstream water users, develop water storage infrastructure, and strengthen institutional frameworks to effectively manage water abstraction. The MKEWP is in the process of piloting a Water Resource User Association (WRUA) Agency model as a mechanism to capacitate WRUAs to work together with the Water Resource Authority (WRA), serving as agents on the ground to ensure equitable and effective management of water resources at the basin level.

Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA)

The alliance addresses water-related risks to industrial growth by developing joint solutions for efficient industrial water use and management. KIWA is working in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, the WRA, and the Ministry of Industrialization to develop an online platform to improve reporting, data collection, and benchmarking of industrial water use. The aim is to promote investment in water management and pollution prevention by facilitating access to finance and technological solutions within manufacturing industries.

Urban Water Management

The workstream supports technical and financial innovations to reduce urban water losses and expand water access and treatment.

  • The working group is working in partnership with the Water Services Regulatory Board and the World Bank Water Global Practice to support the development of five performance-based contract demonstration projects to showcase the impact potential of partnerships between water utilities and the private sector for reducing non-revenue water.
  • In collaboration with the Nairobi and Nakuru Counties, the workstream is developing a trade waste effluent mechanism based on the polluter pays principle (3P). The objective of this market-based instrument is to promote compliance of discharge regulations among trade customers as well as increase investment in technologies for pretreatment and recycling of wastewater before discharge to the effluent system.

Kenya workstream short films

Please see below our short films that explain a bit more about our work in the areas of agricultural and industrial water, and joint catchment management.