James Macharia, Kenya’s former Cabinet Secretary for Health, together with GSF stakeholders at the official launch of the GSF-supported programme. Photo: WSSCC
Country Programme Monitor:
The Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (K-SHIP) aims to help reduce the disease burden resulting from poor sanitation and hygiene, while helping to improve health outcomes in the country. The programme works in 11 sub-counties across 11 counties, through Sub-grantees comprised of local NGOs, private companies, and community- and faith-based organizations.
The programme continued its inception phase in 2015, and has therefore not yet reported on most key results and intermediate indicators. However, various start-up activities have been accomplished. The programme was officially launched in February, with high-level government and sector stakeholders in attendance. Awareness raising campaigns were also carried out together with the Ministry of Health across all counties, to introduce K-SHIP to local government leaders.
An inception workshop took place involving all key GSF actors, the Ministry of Health and other key partners, which helped set programme milestones. In addition, 17 Sub-grantees were approved for funding, with 12 of the fully contracted organizations participating in an orientation workshop and starting activities. The programme also carried out a baseline survey that will be used to benchmark activities, and progress has been made in linking Sub-grantees with Ministry of Health focal points at the county and sub-county levels.
Other highlights included convening a review of the national third-party ODF certification guidelines; mobilizing over 3,000 people to practice handwashing on Global Handwashing Day, together with the national Hygiene Promotion Technical Group; and participating in the national celebration of World Toilet Day.
With insecurity and a government-imposed curfew in Wajir County, awareness raising activities could not be carried out at the same time as the other counties supported by K-SHIP. The security situation was later resolved and activities commenced. In addition, the Sub-grantee approval process took longer than expected, but delays were necessary to ensure full stakeholder participation and buy-in.
Learning and innovation
The programme has engaged with diverse GSF-supported programmes and stakeholders at various learning events. For example, as part of the AfricaSan 4 conference in Senegal, staff participated in a visit to GSF-supported communities and a cross-portfolio GSF learning and sharing event. At all events, colleagues from GSF-supported programmes shared a range of best practices and innovations including promoting sustainability, equity and inclusion in CLTS; harnessing the role of religious leaders and groups; and encouraging the development of community funding mechanisms and WASH committees. K-SHIP is relaying this learning to its Sub-grantees and hopes to share the resulting experiences and best practices with colleagues and stakeholders in the future.
Now that systems and Sub-grantees have been established, on-the-ground implementation will take place in 2016. Tangible results will therefore be produced and reported on accordingly.
When WASH practitioners understand the patterns and causes of slippage, they can devise innovative strategies to avoid it.
Global Sanitation Fund programmes are designed to incorporate gender considerations and equity dimensions.
Monitoring slippage should go beyond the numbers to truly understand behaviour change and community dynamics.