Kenya Sanitation Conference 2019


Packages for registration are as follows:
Delegates – Ksh 36,000(early-bird and deadline is 30th September)
Delegates – Ksh 46,000 (Normal)
International Delegates – $750
Students – Ksh 25,000
Exhibition – ksh 250,000 for a 3m*3m space
Additional package: Field trip at Ksh 5000. Subject to registration for any of above packages.  
Important dates
Registration : Ends 24th Oct 2019
Deadline for Early bird registration 30th Sep 2019
Deadline for Paper/Abstract Submission 20th Sep 2019
Notification of acceptance 20th Sep 2019

About the Kenya Sanitation Conference 2019

The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation will be hosting the Kenya Sanitation conference from 28th to 31st October 2019. This will be the first sanitation conference to be hosted by the MWS. The Conference aims at providing a forum for safe, practical, scalable, sustainable and innovative solutions towards containment, collection, transport, treatment, disposal, resource recovery and reuse of wastewater and sludge in both rural and urban settings, and in both domestic and industrial wastewater contexts.

The Ministry of Water and Sanitation plays an oversight role in the development of appropriate infrastructure for the management of industrial and domestic wastewater and acceleration of sanitation coverage. The Ministry undertakes its responsibility within the context of the realization of the right to a reasonable standard of sanitation for all, as enshrined in the Kenya Constitution, Clause 43)b). The Ministry is also responsible for enhancing enforcement of sanitation standards, including pre-treatment by industries prior to discharging into water bodies or public sewer networks. In this context, the promotion of enabling policies that support safe sanitation management across the entire value chain from containment, collection, conveyance, disposal, treatment, resource recovery and re-use is important. A review of Kenya’s progress on various national and global commitments on sanitation was undertaken in the AfricaSan5 and FSM5 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2019. In this forum, it became very apparent that Africa, must act fast to accelerate progress towards commitments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2. The SDG 6.2 requires that by 2030, we achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. In the Kenyan context, the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reports that only 29% of the national population (31% of urban population and 28% of rural) have access to safe sanitation. On sewerage coverage, only 16% of the urban and 8% of the rural population have access to sewerage coverage. It is thus clear that sanitation access situation remains dire, urgent  and more effort is needed to increase financing for the sanitation sector. Kenya needs to focus on productive sanitation and reuse, which has immense potential to create jobs and improve livelihoods We have  demonstrated that there are emerging innovative sanitation solutions, some of which are already in practice and others still at conception. These innovations can enable the Africa to make huge strides not only in sanitation, but also in other key sectors of the economy such as manufacturing, agriculture, food security and renewable energy. As a follow up to the AfricaSan5, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation and its partners will bring together sanitation stakeholders to share emerging innovations and good strategies and practices that can better enable the country to effectively address its sanitation challenges. The conference will bring together both National and International stakeholders including: National and County Governments; Non-Government Organizations; Development Partners; Formal and Informal Sanitation Service Providers; Private Sector; sanitation innovators; Academic and Research institutions; Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TVETs); Property Planners and Developers; Community Based Organizations; Financial Institutions; Students; and the public.

Mandate of Ministry of Water and Sanitation on Sanitation Matters

Functions of National Government with reference to sanitation as per Constitution 2010

Constitution reference-1: Article 43. (OnEconomic and social rights)(1) Every person has the right—

(b) to accessible and adequate housing, and to reasonable standards of sanitation

Resource mobilisation for the implementation of sewerage and sanitation works

  1. Planning and construction  up sewerage and sanitation infrastructure and facilities – National Public works
  2. Setting and monitoring standards for provision of sewerage and sanitation services
  3. Determine and prescribe standards for asset development for water service providers and monitor compliance
  4. Management of national sanitation and sewerage works
  5. Providing technical services and capacity building to County Governments as may be requested
  6. Protection of consumers through regulation of tariffs for water and sanitation services
  7. Maintaining a national database and information systems on sewerage and sanitation services
  8. Coordination of water sector players
  9. Active participation in the inter-sectorial coordination for sanitation including harmonisation of data with the Ministry of Health and Central Bureau of Statistics
  10. Conducting research on sewerage and sanitation

Constitution reference-2: Article 42. (OnEnvironment).Every person has the right to a clean and healthy environment, which includes the right—

(a) to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through legislative and other measures


      1. Controlling discharge of pollutants, including sewage effluents, into water courses through issuance of permits
      2. Issuing licence conditions to water service providers requiring release of sewage effluent that meet environmental standards
      3. Encouraging water service providers to enter into agreement with third parties for the protection of water sources as necessary.

Policy position of the Government under the Ministry of Water and Sanitation with reference to sanitation

Overall Objective of the MWS is: Accelerate coverage of sanitation with technologies protecting the environment and reusing effluent and excreta.

The specific policy objectives are:

  • Improve operation of sewer treatment / sewer systems and accelerate their extensions through the regulatory framework.
  • Enhance enforcement of sanitation standards including pre-treatment by industries prior to discharging into water bodies or public sewer networks
  • Promote Efficient disposal of waste water at user level (closing the loop)
  • Protect water resources and prevent flooding of human settlements by insufficient treated effluent by introducing sanitation technologies with safe disposal of excreta and effluent.
  • Increase coverage of sanitation and access to public sanitation for the improvement of the living condition of individuals and for a contribution to public health.
  • Promote the economic benefits of wastewater (creating jobs and income) by encouraging the reuse of the effluent including biogas and manure whenever possible and appropriate.
  • Promote concurrent development of water and sanitation facilities in order to reach overarching national goals.
  • Develop a framework of action and solicit full support and commitment from all stakeholders involved in the water sector for sanitation. The benefits of the reform so far generated for water supply shall also be made available for sanitation. The growing implementation capacities at water sector institutions and the potential of the increasing well-functioning funding mechanism shall also be used to improve access to sanitation.
  • Mobilize increasing funds for sanitation and provide incentives for implementation.
  • Concentrate on the sanitation hot spots including the densely populated urban low income areas and other underserved regions.

Ministerial efforts towards improving sanitation in the whole country

Overall Approach: –

The constitutional requirement of the right of every Kenyan citizen to have access to reasonable standards of sanitation has been aligned with the Kenya Vision 2030 and with regional and global agenda which include Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the plans are mainstreamed to the two levels of government.

Guiding Principles:

  1. Access to improved sanitation installations is important for human dignity, self-esteem, gender equality and poverty reduction
  2. Sewerage and sanitation coverage is low while the demand is high; its development therefore requires acceleration
  3. Intervention in sanitation requires combined efforts with players in other related sectors like health and environment and at different levels
  4. Waste water disposal is inseparable from water supply provision
  5. Promotion of sustainability through cost recovery which may include charging of sewerage services levy, monitoring environmental factors
  6. Promotion of recycling of industrial water and waste water from individual supply systems
  7. Collaboration with donor partners, beneficiary communities, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) and private sector in mobilising the necessary human and financial resources required for sewerage/sanitation undertaking. This will also include development and management.
  8. Supporting appropriate sanitation options, especially in rural areas, as a means of improving health through participatory planning, training and research
  9. Monitoring progress towards realisation of sewerage and sanitation goals


Call for Engagement: Abstracts and other contributions

Submissions are welcome for Exhibitions, Oral and Poster presentations and Side events. Applications for pre-formed panels on sanitation projects and programs are also welcome