Understanding Changes in Coordination in Kitui County's Water Sector 2018–2021

Photo Credit: Angeline Mulwa

In Kenya, the Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) implemented various interventions in support of the Kitui WASH forum. SWS applied organizational network analysis (ONA) at baseline in 2018 to quantitatively understand interactions between actors and identify opportunities for improving coordination. The partnership conducted this endline ONA in 2020 to understand how network relationships had changed to support the Kitui WASH forum.

SWS partners collected data through interviews with 29 key sector actors. Interviews consisted of a network mapping exercise to quantify relationships across four tie types: information, skills, resources, and authority. Partners also questioned interviewees about the observed successes, challenges, and recommended solutions to achieving sustainable rural water services in Kitui.

To achieve sustainability in the Kitui WASH sector, this report identifies opportunities for: institutionalizing the WASH forum network within water policy/law to play a stronger coordination role in the sector; strengthening monitoring and reporting capacities to facilitate information and skills relationships; and streamlining sector funding to ensure clear strategies for supporting universal water access in rural Kitui, among others.

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