Watershed-empowering citizens programme focuses on building capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to advocate for sustainable Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services and improved Water Resource Management (WRM). The programme is a five - years (2016 – 2020) Strategic Partnership (SP) between the Dutch government Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and Dutch International NGOs comprised of IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo. The Watershed programme is running in Kenya among other 5 countries by strengthening the capacity of national civil society to lobby government and other WASH duty bearers.
The Watershed programme is mainly software driven, focusing on Lobby and Advocacy (L&A) activities geared towards influencing government and other duty bearers for positive governance changes in the water sector (WASH services and WRM) that results to sustainable WASH services for all. The desired goal of improved water sector governance is driven by strengthening Kenyan civil societies capacity to undertake evidence-based lobbying and advocacy. This will lead to measurable improvements in the quality and sustainability of WASH services in Kenya.
TRAC FM collaborated with Simavi, NIA, KEWASNET, IRC and Akvo in Kenya to run 4 poll questions between April 2020 and June 2020.Under the Watershed empowering citizens programme, Wottazela Kenya aims to collect citizen feedback in Kajiado County through radio shows and poll questions about access to water and sanitation, gender equality, and social inclusion in WASH activities.