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Who We Are
The Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network is the National Network of Water Civil Society Organizations in Kenya. The Network was established in August 2007 and registered as a society in August 2010
KEWASNET envisions a society with sustainable universal access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. The Networks mission therefore is to work towards promoting good governance in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. In order for KEWASNET to achieve this, it has strongly embarked on the values of Partnership and Collaboration, Innovation, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and Accountability.
KEWASNET provides a linkage between Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Water Resources Management (WRM) utilities and users by facilitating partnerships between policymakers and stakeholders, and encouraging equitable participation by all parties in governance and decision making mechanisms.
The Network keenly focuses on four key strategic objectives that form its pillars of success as it works towards promoting good governance in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. KEWASNET therefore seeks to enhance the capacity of members and partners in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, the Network also works towards ensuring the existence and improvement of policy environment and practices in WASH / WRM. Through Coordination and Networking KEWASNET seeks to have a strengthened CSO coordination for effective sector Engagement and to effectively enhance institutional development and sustainability.
KEWASNET deepens its work by building partnerships at various levels. At the community level, KEWASNET works with CSOs to implement initiatives aimed at the vision of KEWASNET; speak against WASH rights viola-tions and build CSO action to demand greater access to water and sanitation for all.
“Water Is Life’s Matter And Matrix, Mother And Medium. There Is No Life Without Water.”
– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
KEWASNET works throughout Kenya with Regional Coordination units in Mombasa for Coast Region, Kisumu for Nyanza and Western Region, Eldoret for North Rift Region and Nairobi for Central and Eastern parts of Kenya. The Networks growing presence in the Country has given it firsthand insight into the reality on the ground in its operating areas and adequate space to effectively deliver. The Regional hubs such as Nyanza and Western Region and Uasin Gishu have already bore fruit as the coordinators have engaged the County officials and developed draft water policies that have been well received by the county representatives and are up for adoption.
The Network enjoys extensive experience in capacity building, influencing policy, sector coordination and networking, as a result of such professional skills, the network has been able to confidently provide comprehensive responses to sector governance challenges.
One way of doing this is through the establishment of the Technical Working Groups. The TWGs are multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral think tanks comprising of competent professionals drawn countrywide mainly from the private sector, non-state actors and with representation of key public sector stakeholders.
To Promote Good Governance in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector.
The TWGs have proven to be very a useful resource and have the potential to generate a wealth of ideas and energy into the implementation process of the WASH and WRM sector strategies. The main objective of TWGs is to carry out an in-depth analysis of the particular thematic area.
KEWASNET deepens its work by
building partnerships at various levels.
At the community level, KEWASNET works with CSOs to implement initiatives aimed at the vision of KEWASNET; speak against WASH rights violations and nature CSO action to demand greater access to water and sanitation for all.
The Network applies itself to areas of its competitive advantages and areas stipulated under the partnership with the State as it lends support to other state authorities.
Globally, KEWASNET has been at the forefront on engaging with international organizations in the WASH sector to ensure that it plays a prime role in ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 6 is achieved. Currently KEWASNET acts as the Secretariat of African Civil Society Network on Sanitation (ANEW). The Network has also been entrusted with a leadership role in the SDG task team of End Water Poverty (EWP) coalition. KEWASNET is also currently engaged with Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) as country focal point and regional representative in the steering committee through its CEO.
KEWASNET therefore strongly values strategic partnerships with stake-holders in the WASH/WRM sector. The Network believes this will ultimately play a fundamental role in influencing good governance in the sector and will eventually enhance the realization of access to Water and Sanitation for all.