On 25th and 28th September 2017 Watershed – empowering citizens programme was launched in Laikipia and Kajiado Counties respectively. The event attracted different stakeholders from the two Counties, with representatives from government and government agencies such as Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Water Resources Authority, National Environment Management Authority and National Drought Management Authority, the Dutch Embassy, Civil Society Organisations and the local communities.
Watershed programme interventions will aim to address the issue of poor water governance in the Athi and Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment area and strengthen relationships with its stakeholders. Water security is key issue in the 2 counties and most recently conflicts were experienced in Laikipia during the drought early this year over water allocation.
The programme will work to build the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for evidence-based lobbying and advocacy on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) issues including fulfilment of human right to water, sanitation and sustainable allocation of water resources. The programme contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal for universal access to water and sanitation services and water security (SDG 6) by making the voices of citizens heard, strengthening governance and accountability.
Watershed - empowering citizens, is a five year (2016 – 2020) strategic partnership pEmpowering Citizensrogramme between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo Foundation. It is implemented in 5 Countries globally i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Bangladesh, India and also at international level in The Netherlands.
Watershed Kenya programme implementation partners include five Civil Society Organization, namely; Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (KEWASNET), Kenya Water Health Organization (KWAHO), Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF), Neighbors Initiative Alliance (NIA) and Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development (CESPAD).
Story and photo by: Joy Kivata (Wetlands International)