SDG 6: VisionRI shortlisted for policy formulation of World Bank funded WASH project in Kenya
The assignment is aimed at developing key sanitation policy and strategy documents for Wajir County, in line with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the devolved system.Devdiscourse News Desk | Nairobi | Updated: 18-03-2020 21:56 IST | Created: 18-03-2020 21:56 IST
The prestigious global development consulting firm VisionRI has been shortlisted for the World Bank-funded WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project in Kenya titled 'consultancy services for supporting development sanitation & hygiene framework documents' being implemented by Wajir Water and Sewerage Company (WAJWASCO). In addition to VisionRI, five more companies were shortlisted through the global tendering process out of which four are from Kenya.
"Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are very important aspects of sustainable development. The United Nations has also adopted Clean Water and Sanitation as Global Goal 6 under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2030. We have substantial experience in implementing such challenging assignments and are very much hopeful to succeed in the final bidding," said Mr. J. P. Singh, Managing Director, VisionRI. The assignment is part of the Water and Sanitation Development Project (WSDP) in Kenya financially supported by the World Bank. The shortlisted companies have been invited to submit final proposals by 10 am (local time) on April 3, 2020.
The finally selected company will be responsible for 'Development of Sanitation Hygiene Policy & Legal Documents' within a period of 12 months. As per the terms of reference, the scope of the work includes preparation of the four policy documents - County Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Policy; County Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Strategic framework; County Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Bill and ODF Wajir Campaign Framework and Roadmap. In preparing these documents the consultant is expected to rely on framework documents already developed by the National Government of Kenya. Besides, it is expected that the support will include preparation of popular versions of the above documents, as well as support to the county for the launch and adoption of the same.
WSDP has a broad objective of improving water supply and sanitation services in select coastal and northeastern regions in Kenya which is to be achieved by investing in water supply and sanitation infrastructure in urban centres in coastal counties and two counties in Kenya's arid northeastern region – Wajir and Garissa. Besides, the project also aims to improve services by strengthening institutional capacity in areas such as reducing non-revenue water, improving billing and revenue collection systems, and developing medium-term business plans. "In addition, the WSDP will establish a results-based financing mechanism at the national level to provide incentives to WSPs to accelerate access to water supply and sanitation services and improve operational and financial performance," reads the invitation document.