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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) held a breakfast meeting on Water Reforms in Kenya on 11 June 2013, at Laico Regency Hotel. In 2003, Kenya initiated ambitious reforms in the Water Sector and the objective of the meeting was therefore to share experiences on achievements and challenges in the reform process.
From the discussions it emerged that the governance framework outlined in the Water Act 2002 was in place and the sector was better financed. However, the country still performs poorly on several water indicators compared with her peers, raising questions on the outcome of the reform.
Several challenges facing the reforms were identified. They include: the institution framework governing the sector lacks effective coordination, devolved institutions in both water resource management and water supply are either missing or weak, the level of technology adaptation is low, the pricing regime is unclear, the participation of stakeholders and linkages with other sectors like energy, forest and lands are weak.
In view of the alignment of the sector to the Constitution, research should focus on revising the current institutional framework, non-revenue water, tariff structure that recognizes water as a human right, and the role of catchment rehabilitation in water resources. Sustainable and innovative financing should also be pursued.