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Under the terms of Kenya's 2010 constitution, all of the country's nearly 50 counties became responsible for providing water supply services to local residents. But that task has often not been an easy one in a country experiencing significant population growth and coping with the impacts of climate change, among other challenges. To help improve the quality and consistency of Kenya's water service provision, the USAID-supported Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) has pooled the resources and expertise of UNICEF, Oxford University, and many other international and local partners to make a lasting difference in the lives of everyday Kenyans and provide a blueprint for a healthier and more water-secure future.
In the series' latest podcast, Global Waters Radio takes you to Kenya's Kitui County, home to more than 1 million people, to hear from two veteran development practitioners, Cliff Nyaga and Pauline Kiamba, as they share insights, best practices, and lessons learned from SWS efforts to create and sustain rural water supply improvements. They not only talk about the importance of preventative infrastructure maintenance, but also spotlight the key role that water, sanitation, and hygiene forums, or WASH forums, play in improving governance accountability, strengthening WASH service delivery, and cultivating relationships with county governments and the residents they serve.
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