Water services available for the poor in Kenya are often inadequate, unsafe and unsustainable. Arid and Semi-Arid areas in the Northern part of Kenya and poor peri-urban areas are particularly vulnerable, characterized by low level of water service provision and acute water scarcity, where water demand considerably surpasses availability. In addition, climate change is expected to further impact water availability and infrastructure, which highlights the need for improved water access in underserved areas and a more sustainable and strategic management of water resources. In this project the CTCN will support the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) in Kenya, through the provision of technical assistance to determine the technical and financial feasibility of selected green technologies for improved water resources and climate-proofed infrastructure, with focus on two areas: ASAL in Northern Kenya and poor peri-urban areas.
The main outputs planned the present technical assistance include: (1) Prioritization of identified technologies and selection of three green water technologies adapted to targeted areas ; (2) A pre-feasibility study to determine the technical, economic and social feasibility of the three selected water technologies for the targeted areas; (3) identification of potential private sector actors and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) within the water sector for the deployment of green water technologies; (4) capacitation of public and private sector actors to engage in PPP; (5) The development of a Public Private Partnership business model in collaboration with relevant stakeholders; (5) The development of a concept note to trigger future funding (i.e. to enable piloting of technologies, supporting implementation of PPP etc.);(6) A final report summarizing all activities and outputs and presenting the main conclusions and recommendations for future action.
It is expected that this technical assistance will have a significant impact on the sustainable development goals in Kenya, through improved water access to underserved communities and resulting co-benefits. The implementation of this technical assistance contributes to national priorities and planned development programs in the water sector in the country. It will have a duration of one year and will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI), the Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), County Governments, private sector actors, CBOs among other institutions.