Collecting water in Kenya © REACH / Johanna Koehler

8 February 2016

Achieving water security in Kenya

An article on water security in Kenya, written by Dr Nic Cheeseman and Johanna Koehler of Oxford University, has been published in the Daily Nation, the most-read daily newspaper in Kenya.

The authors draw on our recently published Country Diagnostic Report for Kenya and identify three main causes of water insecurity: lack of coordination in development activities, climate shocks and droughts, and persistent poverty and inequality.

In summary:

  • In many parts of East Africa, poor people have found it increasingly difficult to access water, despite the stated commitment of governments to improve water security.
  • Water security has reduced in many parts of East Africa over the past 40 years. A combination of population growth and low levels of investment in slum areas means that this has hit the urban poor particularly hard.
  • Now that key water and sanitation functions have been devolved to the county level, governors have an opportunity to use their influence to make increasing access to water a priority.

Read the full article

Read the Country Diagnostic Report on Kenya

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Kelly Ann Naylor, Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

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