Water Governance in Kenya

Utafiti Sera House on

Water Governance

The Government of Kenya has recognized that water in adequate quantity and of sufficient quality is a critical input to the realization of its development targets as articulated in the Kenya Vision 2030 the Big 4 agenda and enshrined in Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

Despite the regulatory and policy efforts, there are evident gaps in Kenya in realizing the aspirations articulated in SDG 6, the constitution of Kenya 2010, Kenya Vision 2030 and the Big 4 agenda. The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation in Kenya acknowledges that a major challenge in realizing these aspirations is weak governance in the water sector particularly the adherence to global and regional instruments, responding to and coordinating policy commitments as well as enforcement of laws, policies, strategies and regulatory guidelines. Towards enhancing the Water Sector governance in Kenya, the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation has outlined one of its priority result areas as Policy, Legal and Institutional Framework with the key expected outcome being Good Governance in the Management of Water Resources.


The water governance house under Utafiti Sera aims at bridging this gap by strengthening knowledge, policy and practice for accountability in the water sector to improve governance and service delivery in order to accelerate delivery of the SDG 6: Sustainable water and sanitation for all in Kenya.