Integrated Water, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management in Small Urban Centres around Lake Victoria (Kenya)

Inadequate water and sanitation services are having an negative effect on human health and polluting Lake Victoria in East Africa. At the request of the governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, UN-Habitat has undertaken an initiative to provide water and sanitation services in the region and protect the Lake basin.

This project will address some of the research needed to inform the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) initiative. The project will focus on three small towns in Kenya: Kisii, Nyamira and Homa Bay. Researchers will assess the current status of water, sanitation, solid waste and socioeconomic infrastructure in the region; identify gaps that impact service delivery effectiveness and equity; and improve understanding of population influxes and resource flows on market days, and their implications for water, sanitation and urban planning. They will build the capacity of key stakeholders and design pilot interventions to improve water and sanitation, and contribute to alleviating poverty.

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Start Date

Monday, October 15, 2007

End Date

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


36 months

IDRC Officer

Gasengayire, Francois

Total funding

CA$ 495,200


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania


Climate Change

Project Leader

William Marwanga

Project Leader

Evans Misati James


Health and Water Foundation

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