USAID’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) Kenya program, which started in April 2017, is working to support closing the financing gap between the currently available government budget and the total investment needed to reach universal water and sanitation access by 2030. The program operates in urban areas with creditworthy and/or efficiently managed Water Service Providers (WSPs) that have responsibility for both water supply and sanitation. By partnering with national and county governments, development partners, local financial institutions, and other stakeholders, the program supports public and private water and sanitation service providers in accessing additional capital for sustainable, climate-resilient water and sanitation infrastructure. By exploring new sources of finance, the program complements and leverages funding from traditional sources such as taxes, transfers, and tariffs, and supports the WASH sector in Kenya on its journey to self-reliance.
This brief provides a summary of the technical assistance, key progress, and results thus far, and lessons learned and recommendations for expanding access to finance for water service providers in Kenya.