Donors to stop aid for wa­ter plans in Kenya

It is a mid­dle in­come coun­try and should get other fund­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries - GIL­BERT KOECH @KoechJu­nior_1

Kenya has been asked to find al­ter­na­tive fund­ing for the wa­ter sec­tor af­ter devel­op­ment part­ners said their grants are set to dwin­dle.

Speak­ing dur­ing Kenya Wa­ter Week, the part­ners said the coun­try has been up­graded from a poor to mid­dle in­come coun­try and as such, grants will “pro­gres­sively dwin­dle”.

“By 2021, we do not have of­fi­cial devel­op­ment aid for the coun­try. But we will look for other re­la­tion­ships where we will be play­ing other roles in the sec­tor,” Noeke Ruiter, the first sec­re­tary from the King­dom of The Nether­lands, said at the KICC.

The World Bank last year con­firmed Kenya’s lower mid­dle in­come sta­tus, fol­low­ing es­ti­ma­tion of the gross na­tional in­come per capita.

Coun­tries in this cat­e­gory have a GNI per capita of more than Sh99,024, but less than Sh390,513.

Kenya’s GNI per capita in­come is about Sh127,215.

Head of Euro­pean Union del­e­ga­tion Erik Habers said the EU and its mem­bers states will still pro­vide sup­port to Kenya and the wa­ter sec­tor for a few years to com­ple­ment gov­ern­ment ef­forts.

Wa­ter PS Fred Se­gor said Kenya will have to re­po­si­tion her­self as wa­ter is a so­cial and de­vel­op­men­tal com­mod­ity.

“We are mov­ing from aid to trade as grants and aid are dwin­dling,” he said.

/JACK OWUOR

Moi Av­enue Pri­mary School pupils wash hands af­ter the school’s mid-morn­ing break in Nairobi on March 22, as they marked World Wa­ter Day

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