LWF’s Rivers and Wetlands Programme recorded the highest core costs and expenditure by the end of the Forum’s 2014 financial year, even though expenditure figures dropped from Kes33, 455,551 in 2013 to Kes23, 638,589 in 2014.
This drop in expenditure was predominantly due to the fact that the programme was running Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities that required less capital investment. James Mwangi, LWF’s Water Resources Management Programme Officer, emphasised that the activities implemented were of vital importance to communities within Laikipia, and marked improvement of livelihoods has been recorded. “Over 3, 000 households have gained access to improved drinking water as well as water to support income generating activities. Before this intervention most households would get water from illegal connections seriously affecting river flows. Now more households benefit through the regulation of water”, says Mwangi.
This edition of Forum Focus includes LWF’s 2014 expenditure report and will be the first time that LWF has made transparent its sources of funding and expenditure. This deliberate move is in support of LWF’s work over the last year and is a way in which the public is invited to know more about the Forum’s progress, operations and management within its units.