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Nairobi Inclusive Sanitation Improvement Project

Background: The project rationale is premised on the need to increase access to safe, sustainable and inclusive sanitation and hygiene, with improved management of sewage and faecal sludge for people living in deprived urban communities in Kenya. The project forms an integral part of Government efforts to improve access to sustainable sanitation in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030, the Big Four Development Agenda, and the SDG Sanitation Targets.


Scaling up integrated rainwater harvesting and management and complimentary livelihood systems in semi-arid districts of Kenya

July 2012 - The Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) received € 690,000 grant to mainstream rainwater harvesting and management (RHM) in response to rural development challenges posed by climate change in drought prone regions of Kenya.


Kenya social business and branded toilets

January 2014 – The Athi Water Services Board of Nairobi,Kenya, received a €2.9 million grant to introduce sanitation services in Mukuru and other informal settlements through social business ventures. The project will improve livelihoods of the urban poor by providing affordable sanitation services and jobs. The scheme will promote mainly female entrepreneurs to embark on branded toilet provision ventures as well as provide business training. 


Promoting private sanitation venture to curb water-borne diseases and turn waste into energy and fertilizer in Kisumu, Kenya

The AWF is offering a €1.2 million grant to the Kisumu Water and Sewage Company (KIWASCO) to support an innovative project that will provide sanitation services for residents in the Manyatta settlement in Kisumu, Kenya, while creating business through the sale of fertilizers, biogas and energy as by-product of the sanitation collection. Women, particularly, stand to benefit as 55 per cent of the micro-loans to be set aside to help communities purchase household toilets will be allocated to them.


Integrated watershed management of Kiboun and Tende River basins

January 2009 - The Government of Kenya received a €1.9 million to improve the productivity and sustainability of land use systems and water conservation by empowering local communities and government agencies institute improved management of Kibuon and Tende river basins. The project will help improve water quality and quantity through the promotion of sustainable agricultural and land use practices in the catchments, leading to the reduction in nutrient and sediment transport into the water courses.

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Kisumu district primary schools water and sanitation

December 2006 - HORIZON 3000, a regional NGO based in Uganda, received a € 230,000 grant to provide water, sanitation and hygiene in six schools in Kisumu by constructing innovative rainwater harvesting and ecological sanitation facilities, and teaching children about proper water use, hygiene and sanitation practices. The project is a pilot with main focus is to change hygiene behaviours and demonstrate the value of rainwater harvesting for possible replication in Kenya and regionally.