Sanitation Budget Brief : Case of Elgeyo Marakwet, Homa Bay and Kericho county governments

IEA Kenya

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Post Date: 21 May 2019

This analysis was based on a review of national and county level sanitation policy, plans and budget documents for the period 2014/15 to 2018/19 to establish the extent of prioritization and public investment in sanitation service delivery.

Both from a policy and planning perspective, the national government and indeed the Counties of Elgeyo Marakwet and Kericho are committed to achieving 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) status and 100 %access to improved sanitation by 2030. However, we found that from a resource perspective the country is not on course as less than 2% of the Government budget is channeled to sanitation, roughly 0.3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and below Ngor Declaration of at least 0.5% of Gross Domestic Product. This implies that as a country public investment is falling short of sanitation policy commitments. In fact, for the period 2017/18 to 2018/19 there was a negative shift in focus by one of the biggest sanitation spenders, the Ministry of Health. This perhaps explains why for the period 2000-2015 national level access to sanitation has generally been low, in fact dropping marginally from 31% to 28%.

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