KENYA Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development (RAPID) PROGRAM
Kenya RAPID is a five-year development program bringing together public and private institutions to increase access to water and sanitation for people and water for livestock, and to rebuild a healthy rangeland-management ecosystem. It seeks to increase the average water access coverage in the five counties from 37% to more than 50%. The program is designed to create a model that can be adapted for use by other counties.
Training of community water committees on life-cycle cost approach and connecting them with commercial banks and government institutions to enhance Application of “3-R” – Retention, Recharge, and Reuse – strategy to increase water long-term system management storage for use in dry times Promoting multiple uses of water for income generation Promoting Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage techniques (HWTSS) Building water supply using low-cost, resilient technologies (br> Application of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Continuous Collaboration with USAID’s AHADI program on governance, policy development at the county level Stimulating the local market for WASH and Livelihoods and the emergence of private sector entrepreneurship by linking them to multinational private sector partners such as Acacia and SweetSense. Utilizing multiple avenues for hygiene promotion including radio and participatory education theater Use of collective, real-time monitoring system supported through online FLOW and RSR, Water Management as a Service Platform (WaMaSP) and sensors Systematizing learning opportunities to replicate successful innovations between implementing partners
Kenya RAPID strongly supports the Ending Drought Emergencies Common Program Framework launched by the Government of Kenya in November 2015, recognizing that “sustainable management of rangelands, water, crops, and increasing the contribution of livestock to the pastoral economy are critical to resilient livelihoods in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs)"
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene