Kenya: WRUA Good Governance

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Water Integrity Network (WIN), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Water Resource Management Association (WRMA)


The WRUA Good Governance Partnership aims to develop the institutional capacity of four water resource users associations (WRUAs) in the Lake Naivasha Basin in three specific areas:

  • Internal governance and integrity
  • Communication with members and local stakeholders
  • Building on existing resources within the WRMA framework to advocate for institutional alignment within county government, the Ministry of Water and Integration, the WRMA and other stakeholders


Approach and Objectives

The partnership aims to assist the 12 WRUAs in the Lake Naivasha Basin to be self-assessing and to grade them in terms of:

  • Policy development, gained knowledge and skills, and information management
  • Organisational, legislative and financial management
  • Culture, ethics, communication, cooperation and participation
  • Have the four pilot WRUAs in the basin manage their core duties in a more accountable and professional manner
  • Help WRUA members and local actors become aware of the functions, services and decisions of their WRUA and to support the building of trust for WRUA officials to represent them
  • Increase engagement on policy between the 12 WRUAs in the basin and to advocate for sustainable and transparent catchment levels
  • Generate recognition for the developments in pilot WRUAs as examples of good practice and to make approaches and guidelines available for strengthening WRUAs at a national level



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.

Challenges and Outlook

IWaSP would like to make use of the following opportunities which have arisen as a result of progress made with this partnership:

  • Expanding training within the basin and to every WRUA which IWaSP works with
  • Facilitating the sustainability and ownership of activities through peerto- peer training and via exchange events between WRUAs
  • Positively influencing national policy in water resource management at county level through strong and capable foundations, i.e. local level WRUAs
  • Replicating training materials to be used throughout the country



Country Set-up

In Kenya, IWaSP is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and is anchored in the bilateral and GIZ-implemented Water Sector Reform Programme (WSRP). IWaSP Kenya focuses on enabling multi-stakeholder partnerships 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