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Ensuring COVID-19 relief funds are used with integrity in Nakuru and Makueni counties

COVID-19 is a major threat to the livelihood of rural communities living off agriculture and livestock herding in Nakuru and Makueni counties. Key economic institutions have been shut down in response to the pandemic, including markets. This has negative consequences on household income and social interactions in rural communities and is leading to underemployment in informal labour markets.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene issues (WASH) are coming to the fore. Governments are urging people to wash their hands with soap and water as an essential means to stop the spread of infections. This has led to high demand for communal handwashing facilities in low-income areas and for the distribution of soap with handwashing tanks.

To address these issues, curb the spread of the virus, and cushion Kenyans from the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, the Government of Kenya is disbursing COVID-19 relief funds to county governments, with support from non-governmental actors.
There is no room for corruption or manipulation in these unique circumstances. Relief funds cannot be wasted. County governments must follow national procurement rules and regulations in using these funds. They must use the money transparently and with integrity. We cannot afford to take this lightly. We must hold service providers, civic and county leaders accountable.

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Holding local governments accountable for effective use of COVID-19 relief funds

The Centre for Social Planning and Administrative Development (CESPAD), with the Water Integrity Network (WIN) and the Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network (KEWASNET), are launching a citizen’s campaign, to sensitise the public on their rights and duties to ensure the effective and transparent use of COVID-19 relief funds during the pandemic. We are focusing on ensuring meaningful public participation, as well as monitoring and evaluation of funds and procurement activities.

The campaign highlights ways to hold county governments and water service providers accountable:

  • how to report corruption from civic and county leaders,
  • how to ensure the poor and marginalised are not excluded or exploited,
  • how to deal with misinformation spread through social media,
  • how to take part in county budgetary processes.

The pandemic can only be stopped in its tracks with integrity. County and national governments must put in place sustainable measures to limit the impact of the pandemic. People must follow guidelines to wear masks correctly, wash hands, practice social distancing, get tested and self-isolating when feeling ill. For it all to work, active participation, accountability mechanisms, and anti-corruption procedures are essential. They can ensure that funds disbursed to help fight the virus are used well and benefit those who need them most.

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Follow news on the campaign on Twitter: @cespadkenya

For more information, contact the WIN Programme Officer for this initiative:
Nagnouma Kone, nkone[at]win-s.org

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2020 edition of World Water Week hosted at home

August 10th 2020 at 09:12

Between 24 and 28 August a broad array of organizations will host virtual sessions on water and climate, open for anyone to tap into – listen to and interact in. … Read more

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Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools report – special focus on COVID-19

August 13th 2020 at 10:28

As schools worldwide struggle with reopening, the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reveal that 43 per cent of schools around the world lacked access to basic … Read more

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Abstract submission open for IAHR World Congress 2021

August 17th 2020 at 08:35

The 39th International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) World Congress β€˜From Snow to Sea’ will be held in Granada, Spain, from 4 to 9 July 2021. The congress … Read more

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Policy briefs provide recommendations on satellite-based crop insurance

August 20th 2020 at 09:10

Three new policy briefs from CGIARΒ Water, Land and Ecosystems,Β show how satellite-based insurance can strengthen disaster management, gender equity and institution led social inclusivity. The three new policy briefs provide recommendations … Read more

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Week on water for development starting today

August 24th 2020 at 07:09

The Week on Water for Development (WW4D) with its overarching theme β€œEvery drop counts – Water in exceptional times” is a virtual five-day conference from 24 to 28 August 2020. … Read more

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Governments, Pay Your Water Bills!

August 25th 2020 at 10:48

Access to safe water and sanitation are human rights. Water and sanitation service providers must be able to operate and stay financially viable to serve everyone. But this ability is often at risk due to non-payment – including by government institutions.

Water that is treated and delivered has a cost, also water meant for public office buildings, security and policing facilities, and other public institutions such as public hospitals and schools. Except when they are exempt from payment by law, these public institutions should receive water bills and are expected to pay them. However, there is evidence to show that many do not, or that they pay with crippling delays.

These arrears contribute significantly to the financial and operational challenges faced by utilities. Non-payment thus has direct impact on the ability of utilities to provide adequate service and hampers the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation.

Someone always pays. When governments don’t pay, people do. The burden shifts to those who face increased tariffs and those who are left with poor or no service, who pay with their health, time, and productivity. The impact on affordability of service is severe. The long-term social, economic and environmental costs are dramatic.

There are many ways to address the issue. Based on new research by WIN and End Water Poverty, this policy brief outlines best practices for service providers, regulators, public finance actors and water sector stakeholders.

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Governments, pay your water bills!

August 25th 2020 at 10:50

Access to safe water and sanitation are human rights. To serve everyone and realise these rights, water and sanitation service providers must be able to operate and stay financially viable.

However, there is evidence to show that many public institutions do not pay the water bills they receive, or with crippling delays. This is a problem for service providers who count on this revenue.

When governments don’t pay, people do. The burden shifts to those who face increased tariffs and those who are left with poor or no service, who pay with their health, time, and productivity.

There are many ways to address the issue. Utilities must improve systems to ensure collection of payments. Governments must ensure payments to utilities are given due priority and urgent attention. This is essential, to ensure resilience in crises, avoid costly bailouts, and safeguard the human rights to water and sanitation for all.

To bring attention to this issue and share best practices to improve collection processes and prioritise timely payments, WIN and End Water Poverty are launching an advocacy campaign with the support of GIZ, ESAWAS, AMCOW, Water Citizens Network, KEWASNET, and the Zambia NGO WASH Forum.

Join us at #GovernmentPayYourWaterBills

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#WW4D webinar: Governments, Pay Your Water Bills

August 25th 2020 at 11:06

Online event. August 25th at 3pm CEST.

This session shines a spotlight on an issue most development partners, government representatives, and utility managers are aware of, but seldom discuss openly: across the globe, too many public institutions don’t pay their water and sewerage bills, thereby starving utilities of resources they need to provide adequate service and ensure realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation.

Find out more and register at https://www.everydrop-counts.org/

The event is organised by GIZ – Water Policy, Water Integrity Network (WIN), End Water Poverty, Eastern and Southern Africa Water
Regulators Association (ESAWAS), Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), NGO WASH Forum.

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Apply for UNU PhD Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil, and Waste

August 27th 2020 at 08:27

The United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) is accepting applications from graduates in engineering, social sciences, and natural sciences for its PhD … Read more

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9th World Water Forum hosted under the theme: Water Security for Peace and Development

August 31st 2020 at 09:25

The 9th World Water Forum will be hosted in Senegal, on March 22-27 2021, under the theme: Water Security for Peace and Development. The forumΒ focuses on the 2030 Agenda for … Read more

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IUCN report explains sustainable agriculture

September 3rd 2020 at 08:40

The new IUCN report Approaches to sustainable agricultureΒ aims to shed some light on the abundance of understandings and terminology in the field – the many different approaches, practices, concepts – … Read more

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Water accounting in the Nile River Basin

September 7th 2020 at 09:07

The Nile River Basin faces a huge challenge in terms of water security. With an expected doubling of the population in the basin in the next twenty-five years, water supply … Read more

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Product Innovation Fuels Sanitation Manufacturing Enterprise in Cambodia

September 8th 2020 at 18:10

By John Sauer Geoff Revel knows the value of sustainable, market-driven local solutions, having led an organization called WaterSHED Cambodia that supported local businesses and governments to generate sales of over 200,000 toilets to rural consumers. Inspired by business solutions, Geoff has now transformed the NGO into WaterSHED Ventures, a social business that sells water,…

Heavy floods devastate displaced and host communities in Sudan

September 10th 2020 at 08:24

Heavy seasonal rains have caused flash floods and rivers to burst their banks, including the Nile in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman, and affected thousands of internally … Read more

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Flash floods in Chad kill 10 and leave 120,000 people displaced

September 14th 2020 at 08:38

Nearly 120,000 people have been displaced by flash floods caused by heavy rains across Chad in the month just ended. At least 32,000 of the affected persons are in the … Read more

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Open online course on transboundary waters

September 17th 2020 at 09:04

Transboundary basins account for roughly 60% of freshwater resources, serving around 40% of the world’s population. Managing these shared water resources for the benefit of each country’s population, particularly the … Read more

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