IEA Hosts Breakfast Meeting on Sustainable Financing for Water and Sanitation Sector in Kenya

Post Date: 04 December 2019   |   Category: General   |   Hits: 549

Wednesday, 4th December 2019 – The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) in partnership with Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (KEWASNET) held a joint discussion about National Water and Sanitation Finance Management. The event discussed poor budgetary allocation to water and sanitation services. In addition, lack of accountability and transparency mechanisms and poor inter-ministerial coordination were cited repeatedly as some of the issues that hamper effective service provision in the sanitation sector hence contributing to limited access to improved sanitation.

Speaking during the meeting, Mr. John Mutua of IEA said ‘That the estimation of government allocation to sanitation was 0.3% of GDP in 2014/15 against Ngor declaration of at least 0.5% of GDP to sanitation and hygiene. The biggest challenge for the government is how to address rise in the use of unimproved facilities by Kenyans from 32% to 37%. Poor sanitation is relatively a rural challenge hence requires focused policy interventions’’

''Poor sanitation costs Kenya 27 billion Kenyan Shillings yearly, and this sum is the equivalent of $8 per person in Kenya per year or 0.9% of the national GDP'', quipped Patrick Azybbei.