Project Title: Assessment of infrastructure and organisational improvements needs for Small Scale Water Service Providers (SSSPs) in Kenya under a Devolved Regulatory Regime.
Project Sector: Water
Project period – February 2021 to May 2021
Funder: Aqua for All
Counties of Focus: Nairobi Metropolitan, Kiambu, Nakuru, Makueni and Kajiado.
Water supply in rural and peri-urban areas of Kenya is characterised by a diverse group of small-scale water service providers with different ownership structures, business models, and profitability levels. These are usually not regulated by the Water Services Regulatory Board, and in many cases, not considered commercially viable. However, recent programs show that many smaller water service providers, especially those with piped connections, can grow and serve more people.
Aqua for All and KMT partnership
Aqua for All and Kenya Markets Trust intend to collaborate and design an investment programme that meets the needs of these lower-tier water service providers with the ambition to professionalise their operations and make them bankable to improve and expand their services. Our shared purpose is to present this sub-sector as an investment opportunity that can significantly contribute to attaining universal water services’ coverage by 2030.
Therefore, through this initial initiative, KMT and Aqua for All seek to understand the landscape, of piped small-scale water service providers, through a rapid assessment. The assessment will be conducted in Nairobi Metropolitan, Kiambu, Nakuru, Makueni and Kajiado counties. This will serve as a starting point for the design of a more extensive support programme.
Objectives and scope of the Assessment
Our joint assessment seeks to map out small-scale water service providers in the selected counties to generate preliminary information that will inform the design of a scalable support programme. Aspects of technology, market eco-systems, finance, and governance in a devolved regulatory regime will also be assessed to understand this eco-system better.
The assessment will be anchored on the following specific objectives:
- To identify and profile existing small-scale piped water service providers in the selected counties, collected in a systematically organised database.
- To outline areas of priority improvements among the service providers – including governance, operations management, and technology to meet proposed regulatory requirements and attractiveness to the private sector (as a credible market for products such as finance, technology, services).
- To provide recommendations on elements critical to designing a scalable support programme that provides technical assistance and positions the sub-sector as an investable opportunity.