Project Profile: Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH)

Kenya: Helping Establish Self-Sustaining Water Supplies & Communities

Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Project (KIWASH) | 2015–2020

Although 61 percent of Kenyans have access to improved drinking water supply and 30 percent have access to improved sanitation, access has not kept pace with population growth. The country must overcome considerable challenges in meeting the basic WASH needs of its 48 million people, a population also challenged with food insecurity. Kenya’s National Water Master Plan 2030 estimates that approximately $14 billion in investment in water supply and $5.4 billion in urban sewerage infrastructure are needed over the next 15 years.

To address these shortcomings, USAID launched the Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project in 2015 to target a million Kenyans with increased access to WASH, irrigation, and nutrition services. KIWASH takes a market-based approach to address the water supply gap in areas where municipal water companies have not fully established infrastructure or delivery systems. The project works with water service providers (WSPs) to improve their ability to take on debt and equity financing. 


This project profile appears in the USAID Global Water and Development Report.