2030 Water Resources Group /IFC

The 2030 WRG brings together public, private, and civil society stakeholders to have open discussions about water management, and together develop concrete proposals that can help improve the management of water resources in the country.
We tailor our level of involvement and approach to each country’s water challenges. We only work with countries at their request – our impact depends on a strong government commitment to work with partners through a constructive, transparent, and sustained dialogue. The 2030 WRG creates a convening platform, which is a neutral place where stakeholders collectively identify and agree on priorities and activities to improve water resources management in their countries.
Our Value Proposition
The 2030 WRG brings transformative change to water resources planning by convening national multi-stakeholders platforms and structured processes  – including key public decision-makers, concerned private sector champions and civil society representatives – who catalyze sustainable, rational, economics-based solutions to closing the water supply demand gap.

SNV – Smart Water For Agriculture

Smart Water for Agriculture (2016-2019) aims to save water and energy and to ensure sustainable resource use by promoting farmer-led and market-based smart water products and services. These will also help to reduce labour and inputs, mitigate weather-related risks, and promote off-season production opportunities. By bringing stakeholders together in ‘Irrigation Acceleration Platforms’ the programme aims to facilitate smart water innovation across selected counties in Kenya.

The objective of this programme is to contribute to increased water productivity in agriculture, and increased income and food security through the development of a dynamic and sustainable ‘Smart Water Solutions’ (SWS) sector in Kenya, that adequately meet the needs of small and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) farmers. The target is to increase water productivity by 20% for 20,000 SME farmers (at least 50% women and 80% are vegetable producers), for them to have secured water access for agriculture production, and become more resilient to climate change.


Kenya Water for Health Organisation (KWAHO) is a national non-governmental organisation providing sustainable water and sanitation for the disadvantaged communities in Kenya. Its existence dates back to 1976 when it was launched as a UNICEF/NGO Water for Health Project by the National Council of Women of Kenya (N. C. W. K.). Part from the physical implementation of water and sanitation projects, KWAHO economically empowers the target groups (mainly women) through income generating activities. These are promoted within the context of gender development. The KWAHO support consists of the encouragement of traditional women group activities and the conferment of skills required for these activities to develop in the most sustainable manner. KWAHO advocates the crucial role women play in water supply. Since women are traditionally responsible for collecting water and therefore have got a special interest in a well-sustained scheme, KWAHO promotes the participation of women. The most important impact of KWAHO Projects is the enhancement of awareness of the necessity for safe and clean drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene appliances and practices in.

  1. Main activities
  2. Water and sanitation capacity building.
  3. Hygiene education & promotion
  4. Training and sensitization to achieve ownership.
  5. Monitoring and evaluation.
  6. Women empowerement in community projects.
  7. Impact analyses on environment.
  8. Sensitivity analyses of socio-cultural factors.
  9. Collaboration with stakeholders to ensure implementation of projects
  10. Collaboration with stakeholders to ensure continuity of projects.

The Challenge: Managing a critical catchment

Current agricultural practices in addition to the effects of climate change have led to the uneven distribution of water throughout the Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment, the largest of five water catchments in Kenya. Concentration of the area’s water resources in the south western part of the catchment—home to two of Kenya’s water towers—coupled with the region’s high population density and settlement have led to intensive use of, competition for, and conflict over existing water resources. In addition, the catchment’s limited storage capacity is insufficient to sustain the region year round. Although a variety of institutions have been established to address many of these challenges, weak institutional linkages, conflicting mandates and financial constraints have limited effective implementation of water resource management and conservation in the area.

Action: Three counties, one partnership

The platform will address challenges surrounding:

  • Water allocation and use management. The partnership aims to develop systems and strategic allocation plans to ensure water quantity and quality reserved for the maintenance of ecosystems, human consumption, agriculture, and industry are sustain-ably and effectively managed.
  • Water resource infrastructure development. Given the region’s potential for water storage, developing infrastructure both at household and community level will be instrumental in ensuring water security needs of the region taking into consideration current scarcity of suitable dam sites and the effects of climate change.

Institutional capacity in the catchment. In the absence of existing monitoring and enforcement of water abstractions, discussions surrounding allocations across sectors and water using groups is unlikely to adequately progress. Effective regulation is therefore a pre-condition for effective allocation decisions.  Strengthening water abstraction, monitoring and regulation, in addition to creating proper incentives for monitoring and enforcement will be instrumental to the effective management of water in the catchment.

Objectives: Driving action through partnership

Launched in October 2016, the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership—MKEWP— is a partnership of public, private and civil society organisations committed to socially acceptable, economically favourable and environmentally sustainable management of water resources in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment area. Spearheaded by the County Government of Laikipia and Mount Kenya Growers Group, and supported by the Kenya 2030 Water Resources Group, the partnership will provide a mechanism by which water access, use, management and conservation can be addressed in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment area—an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometres, through collective actions that balance the social, economic and environmental demands on water resources equitably.

The MKEWP has already received commitment from 29 partners from rural Water Resource Users Associations, Community Forest Associations, Laikipia, Meru and Nyeri county governments, civil society, private sector (commercial growers), parastatals, research institutions, conservancies and water service providers.

Principles governing the Partnership include:

  • Safe, secure, and sustainable water supply and access.
  • Sustainable water resources management which is central to the survival and livelihoods of all Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Water Basin inhabitants and integrity of the environment.
  • Water is a resource that must be shared efficiently and equitably.
  • Water resources management is a shared responsibility and is anchored in national documents including Vision 2030, the Water Act, the Laikipia Water Conservation Strategy 2014-2018, the National Water Resources Management Strategy, the National Water Services Strategy, ENNCA Catchment Management Strategy 2014-2022, Master plan for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Water Catchment Areas in Kenya 2012.
  • Capitalise on the sources of local and national funding in support of Basin solutions.
  • Integrated Water Resources Management which must be practiced across individual sub-catchment and administrative lines for it to be effective.
  • Recognition of the roles and mandates of national and county governments in water resource management, catchment management, and provision of water and sanitation services and, propose through the action of the Partnership to add value to the work of the authorities.
MKEWP Communication Strategy
MKEWP Strategic Plan

MKEWP Financial Sustainability Plan
A study of Mutara Sub-Catchment


Laikipia Wildlife Forum has been appointed the secretariat for the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water.

Partnership responsible for implementing key functions including:

  • Lead fundraising efforts for MKEWP.
  • Coordinating key activities like e.g. meetings geared towards the growth of the partnership.
  • Provide communication support.
  • Provide networking services between partners.
  • Manage the growth of membership for MKEWP and also support the coordination of activities for the membership.
  • Provide auditing, monitoring and evaluation services.

More information

James Mwangi

Mobile: +254 726 500260
Email: james.mwangi@laikipia.org

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