June 2019


NEWS | from the governing board

News from the Kenya 2030 WRG Governing Board

Kenya 2030 WRG Governing Board Endorses New Catchment Stewardship and Industrial Water Management Proposals

April 2019 - This April, the Kenya 2030 Water Resources Group Governing Board welcomed the Kenya Bankers Association into its membership and unanimously endorsed two project proposals... Read more

NEWS | from the partnership

Opinion: Why we should protect our water resources - Phyllis Wakagia, CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers
Nairobians are again facing the realities of water shortages and minimal rainfall. When we are forced to make do with less, we naturally turn our focus to how we can get more. More water, boreholes and dams...Read more
Africa 2030 WRG retreat spotlights partnership and collaboration
2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) teams from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania, together with associates from the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) and colleagues from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) convened in Nairobi...Read more

Special focus on farmer-led irrigation opportunities in East Africa during Africa 2030 WRG retreat

A session focused on farmer-led irrigation opportunities was held during the recent 2030 WRG Africa Knowledge Exchange and Retreat at the end of May 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. Key take-aways included the need to...Read more

From foes to friends - Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership helps bridge divide between commercial flower growers and smallholder farmers
The Mount Kenya Growers Group is one of the key stakeholders in the establishment of the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) – an initiative facilitated by 2030 WRG and supported by the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF)...Read more
Community problems can only be resolved through community-led solutions

Joy Makena grew up in a farming family in Meru County, Kenya. On their family plot, her parents grew beans, maize, potatoes, and wheat. Having sufficient water for their crops was never a worry because her parents’ farm sat in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Basin...Read more

Q&A with Flamingo's Director of Sustainability: Transparency key to incentivizing private sector participation

Richard Fox is the Sustainability Director for Flamingo Horticulture and member of the Kenya 2030 WRG Governing Board. He serves as the immediate past Chairman of the Kenya Flower Council...Read more

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2019 | highlights


Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership | Water Resource User Association Agency Model
MKEWP is in the process of piloting a Water Resource User Association (WRUA) Agency model as a mechanism to capacitate WRUAs to work together with the Water Resource Authority (WRA), serving as agents on the ground to ensure equitable and effective management of water resources at the basin level.

The WRUA agency model is a contractual financing model for WRUAs, which describes an arrangement between the WRA and a WRUA, in which the WRA pays the WRUA for specific services rendered. This role is envisaged in the Water Act 2016. The model is yet to be operationalized in Kenya, but it does provide an opportunity to redefine the WRA-WRUA relationship around specified deliverables in a way that also improves WRUA operational financing, increased revenue collection, financial sustainability, and sub-catchment management. 


Access to Finance for Irrigation for Smallholder Farmers
2030 WRG alongside IFC, designed the Climate Smart Irrigation financing facility now dubbed “The East Africa Smallholder Irrigation Project” which focuses on the development of agri-finance lending products and business models designed for irrigated supply chains in Kenya, with subsequent roll out to other countries in East Africa.

This project is currently being implemented by IFC and is raising solutions developed by a combination of financial institutions, equipment suppliers, off-takers and the out-growers within organized supply chains. The immediate step is to establish the business frameworks and partnerships required amongst the project’s stakeholders (IFC, agribusiness and financial institutions and technology suppliers), and thereafter the next step will be focused on the implementation of a financial loan pilot program. It is anticipated that subject to success, similar solutions would be introduced across East Africa in countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi, where Financial Institution (“FI”) partnerships and agribusiness demand currently exists.

As a follow up to the piloting of the irrigation financing facility within Kenya, 2030 WRG’s agricultural workstream is working with the National Irrigation Board (NIB) and the State Department of Agriculture to undertake an assessment of potential community-based irrigation schemes to scale up the initiative.

The aim of this assessment is to support farmer organizations across Kenya in designing business models that address key agricultural water constraints, with the sustainability of resources in mind. The assessment will explore opportunities to support more farmers' access to finance, investment in water storage infrastructure, climate-smart irrigation, input supply systems, value addition, post-harvest practices and formalizing market linkages. 

The outcomes of this assessment will also be useful in identifying potential collaboration opportunities between 2030 WRG and the World Bank Group in Kenya in development of innovative business models to increase access to finance and provide market linkages through the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth and Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture projects (NARIG and KCSAP). The two projects are designed to address the main constraints facing the agricultural sector in Kenya by increasing agricultural production, build climate resilience and productivity using community participatory and value chain approaches. 2030 WRG agriculture workstream providing advisory support, with the likelihood of scaling up by providing technical assistance through the county governments.


Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA)
The alliance addresses water-related risks to industrial growth by developing joint solutions for efficient industrial water use and management.
KIWA has developed a project to promote sustainable industrial water management and pollution prevention and is in the final stage of signing a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Ministry of Industrialization, Trade, and Cooperatives, Water Resources Authority (WRA), Nairobi City Council Government (NCCG), National Environment Management Committee (NEMA), Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), and 2030 WRG.
  • This MoU outlines the roles and responsibilities of each key stakeholder in the development and implementation of the project. It is envisaged that the MoU will be signed in the third quarter of 2019.
  • KAM has been selected by the Steering Committee to host the proposed platform during the pilot phase.
  • Priorities moving forward include fundraising and securing the commitment of pilot companies.
  • An industry water management workshop is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019 to bring together all relevant stakeholders from within KIWA and beyond to promote and kick off the project.
Trade Effluent Management System (TEMS)
2030 WRG is collaborating with NCWSC and Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company in developing a Trade Effluent Management System (TEMS).
The objective of TEMS is to regulate trade effluent based on a risk index that takes into account pollution loads, concentration, and the potential risks to the sewer network and treatment plant. This project is an implementation of the polluter-pays-principle that aims at promoting pre-treatment by industries to reduce the burden on the public sewer system.

Next steps: 
  • Provide technical assistance to Nairobi water and Nakuru water and sanitation companies to design a trade influent management system for their industrial/commercial clients.
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URBAN WATER-USE | workstream

Performance-Based Contracts for Non-Revenue Water Reduction 
The urban water working group is collaborating with the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) and the World Bank Water Global Practice to support the development of six performance-based contract (PBC) demonstration projects to showcase the impact-potential of partnerships between water utilities and the private sector for reducing non-revenue water (NRW).
  • A competitive selection of pilot water service providers (WSP) to pilot the use of PBC to address NRW has been completed.
  • Funding has been secured through the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) - a multi-donor technical assistance facility that is financed by 11 multilateral and bilateral donors - to support WASREB and the six pilot WSPs.
Next steps
  • Provide technical assistance to WASREB to offer transaction advisory support for the development of PBCs for NRW-reduction with six WSPs.
  • Carry out technical and financial assessments/feasibility studies for the six WSPs and development of PBCs for NRW-reduction project concepts and designs.
  • Develop content on PBCs for NRW-reduction to be a part of the Kenya national NRW management manual and guidebook currently under development.
For information regarding the Kenya 2030 WRG country program, please contact:

Joy Busolo
Senior Water Resource Management Specialist and Kenya Country Coordinator


2030 WRG | publications

2030 WRG publications, knowledge products, and videos

2018 ANNUAL REPORT | Local Innovations for Global Water Security

The track record of 2030 WRG in stewarding Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) from dialogue to action and impact is growing and has shown significant results in the 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) .

A total of 746 partners (308 from the private sector, 154 from government, 284 from civil society/other) participating in MSPs in 14 countries/states, have created working relationships across stakeholders and helped to break down traditional silos to establish MSPs that survive changes in government.

View the 2018 Annual Report here.

Kenya Industrial Water Alliance Releases Third Case Study on Replicable Best Practice in Industrial Water Management 

The Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) organized a third peer-2-peer learning exchange visit under the 'Leading by Example' initiative supported by 2030 WRG to share best practices in industrial water management.

Nestlé Kenya Limited is the local branch of Nestlé S.A., the largest food and beverage company in the world with over 2000 brands globally.  Although the factory's water needs are relatively small as the factory produces only dry products which are manufactured using dry processes, water plays a critical role in its every-day operations, and the company has made water stewardship a priority at all levels of the organization. 

Learn more by downloading the case study here.
Gender and Water in Agriculture and Allied Sectors

Agriculture in India continues to be at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns and acute shortage of sustainable water resources. In addition, the existing gender gap prevents women from effectively contributing to improved agricultural productivity.

This joint publication by 2030 WRG and UNDP unveils innovative and sustainable partnership and financing models towards gender and water in agriculture and allied sectors in Maharashtra, India. The publication showcases five successful case studies of women-led growth and entrepreneurship through their participation in agricultural production systems and allied sectors, supported by the collaboration and intervention of public and private sector, and civil society organizations.

Download the report here.

The 2030 WRG Webinar Series is designed to update our Steering Board members about the work that our country teams are doing on the ground. They share innovative ideas, brought into practice. Special guests make an appearance to provide a different stakeholder perspective on the impact of 2030 WRG.

Kenya is a country of big ambitions. But its limited and unevenly distributed water resources threaten to constrain future growth; the country is projected to face a 30 percent gap between demand and available supply of freshwater by 2030. If Kenya is to realize its 2030 Vision objectives to extend access to water and sanitation, intensify agriculture, and expand manufacturing - there is little scope for ‘business-as-usual’.

During this webinar, you will hear an overview of Kenya 2030 WRG’s work on industrial, urban and agricultural water management, as well as in-depth sessions on two recently launched initiatives:
  • Sustainable Industrial Water Management:  Promoting sustainable water management and pollution prevention (featuring Kenya Industrial Water Alliance)
  • Sustainable Municipal Water Management: Performance-based contracts for non-revenue water management 
Our guest speakers will share insights about the value of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) in solving water challenges and the role of the public and private sectors in driving reforms forward.

Watch the Kenya 2030 WRG Webinar below!

VIDEO | Kenya 2030 WRG Webinar

PARTNER | publications

Resources from the membership

WASREB Impact Report | A performance report of Kenya's water services sector 2017/18

In this edition of Impact 11, WASREB reviews the performance of the water services sector for the financial year 2017/18. The report indicates improvement in water coverage, water quality, metering, and Non-Revenue Water management. There is, however, a reduction in reliability, which, obviously, impacts on revenue collection. There is also poor performance in cost coverage and personnel costs. Further, the
best utility declined in performance by 20 points compared to the last period.

Download the report here. 

WATER SECTOR | resources

Water news, research, and reports from the water sector at large

Kenya Water Yearbook and Directory 2019

The Kenya Water Yearbook, published by Water Tower, is a directory of water sector players in one handbook. Information and contacts for companies and specialists in the sector are included in the directory.

The yearbook showcases trends, technologies and events that significantly influenced the country’s water sector in 2018 and previews the sector’s expectations of 2019 by interviewing government policymakers and business leaders.

See inside for articles by 2030 WRG partners including Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui (page 6), Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO Phyllis Wakiaga (page 8), and the National Irrigation Board (page 18). 

Download the report here.


Upcoming events, meetings, and special days

Urban Water Management Working Group meeting

SIWI World Water Week

Urban Water Management Working Group meeting

Urban Water Management workshop with county government leaders and WSPs management on the use of PBCs for NRW management
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