Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction - WASH Program

A two-year long project aiming to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and build resilience to climate change for 160,000 people.

Posted on 6 November 2014



The Kenya Arid Land Disaster Risk Reduction (KALDRR) WASH project is a two-year project (12/2012 till 12/2014) led by the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) with support from USAID. It aims to improve access to water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and resilience to droughts for 160,000 people in five arid counties of Kenya: Turkana, Marsabit, Moyale, Wajir and Garissa.

The KALDRR-WASH project is implemented in Kenya through four MWA member NGOs: CARE, CRS, Food for the Hungry and World Vision. In addition, Dutch partners (Aqua for all, IRC and Acacia Water) provide expertise in hydrogeology and water buffering, and innovative approaches in planning for multiple uses of water and sustainable financing.

The overall objective of this project is to increase water storage capacity in arid lands and availability of water for multiple uses, while at the same time use of water resource is optimized through better knowledge of the ground capacity and better planning.

As part of this project, IRC has: Conducted an in-depth evaluation of usages of water for a pilot area in each of the four counties throughout 2013; this assessment is described in the Towards a better balance between water supply and water demand reports. These reports, written with Acacia Water, also contain the hydrogeological assessment and buffering opportunities in the pilot area; Developed a Water Master Plan for each of the pilot areas.

Donor: USAID

Current status
December 21, 2012 – December 31, 2014

More information
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 4000 
IRC website 

Picture: IRC

Project location

Project partners

  • Acacia Water
  • Aqua for All
  • IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre