Kenya: Jiko Kisasa Partnership

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Energizing for Development Kenya (EnDev) (GIZ programme), WWF, Imarisha Naivasha, Water Resource Management Association (WRMA), Lake Naivasha Umbrella Water Resource Users Association (LANABWRUA), Ministry of Agriculture


High consumption of wood for fuel results in less trees being available to keep soil from wearing away, resulting in less water penetration. This causes higher peak water flows, pollution and sedimentation. The Jiko Kisasa partnership aims to protect the Imarisha Naivasha Basin Catchment Area by decreasing the consumption of fuel wood by 40% and by creating awareness about the importance of conserving and increasing plant cover. Energy-saving stoves will be introduced in the Naivasha Basin through the training of skilled stove technicians, according to a sustainable business model approach.

Commercialising stove activities has proven to be very successful in reaching rural households through a network of stove technicians, who produce stoves as a business. This approach is applied in this partnership. The sustainable production, marketing, installation and use of two types  of improved cooking stoves is the focus of the intervention. The Jiko Kisasa and Rocket stoves have already been rolled out in the lower catchment of the basin.

These stoves are produced locally and save between 40% and 50% fuel, compared to traditional three-stone fires. The price ranges between EUR5 and EUR20, which is affordable for rural households.

This partnership also enhances the technical and entrepreneurship skills of stove producers, installers and marketers. Training for artisans on stove installation is provided to ensure the sustainability of this enterprise after this partnership ends.

EnDev, a sister programme implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, contributes to this partnership in kind, by providing personnel, transport and travel costs.


Approach and Objectives

Some of the partnership’s expected outcomes include:

  • The saving of an average of 40% of fuel wood and money per household; which is the equivalent to sustainably safeguarding 1.350ha of forest area per year
  • Sensitising Water Resource Users Association (WRUA) members and communities to the importance of protecting forests and eco-systems

Other important outcomes are job creation, time-saving for households (especially vulnerable members like women and children), increased health of vulnerable household members, decreased fire hazards, and an emission reduction of 45,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.



In Kenya, the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) helps to ensure the sustainability of catchment areas and water resources and increases the adaptation capacities of stakeholders to effects of climate change. It is also actively taking measures to strengthen public and civil society sectors involved in water resource management at national and county levels to effectively address shared water risks in their areas of jurisdiction.

  • Awareness creation on the benefits of energy-saving stoves
  • Selection of artisans with the help of the WRUAs
  • Training of artisans in the installation of cooking stoves, financial management and maintenance of the stoves
  • Monitoring of the stoves (e.g. quantity and quality)
  • Supporting and monitoring the progress of the artisans
Challenges and Outlook

Expanding the project within the basin and to other catchments and to achieve sustainability and ownership of activities through peer-to-peer training and skills exchange events between stove technicians and the WRUAs
Duplicate the IWaSP and EnDev partnership with other countries in which IWaSP or EnDev operates, like Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia


Country Set-up

In Kenya, IWaSP is implemented by GIZ and is anchored in the bilateral and GIZ-implemented Water Sector Reform Programme (WSRP). IWaSP Kenya focuses on enabling multi-stakeholder partnerships and cooperations on basin level.

IWaSP is an international water security programme which combines global best practices in water stewardship with local know-how. Currently active in seven countries, the six-year programme (2013-2018) facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society to address shared water risks, while improving stakeholders’ use and management of water and  building their capacity to develop their own solutions. GIZ manages IWaSP on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID).


Contact Information

Anne Marie Ran
Country Coordinator