Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Governance partners in East Africa

The African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW) is coordinating FAN governance work in East Africa.   

African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation ANEW is a regional networking body of African civil society organizations (CSOs) actively involved in the field of sustainable water management, water supply and sanitation. ANEW is committed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on water and sanitation and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) targets on water.  

Governance work: ANEW’s governance work aims to increase and improve the allocation of resources for the water and sanitation sector.  A series of activities will enable civil society actors develop local understanding of budgeting processes, advocacy and decision-making. The programme also focuses in promoting the inclusion of marginalized groups in gathering evidence, advocacy and decision-making and as a result the groups stand to benefit from the changes in the sector. In addition to increasing the impact of the strengthened voices of civil society in the water sector, the programme also aims to support national governments and service providers respond and engage appropriately in local level dialogue with local actors such as local governments and service providers. ANEW plays an important role of coordinating and facilitating the dialogues, learning and cooperation on water and sanitation issues and also aims to strengthen the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in organizational development, advocacy and communication skills.  In order to adding value to the process, ANEW provides a platform for sharing experiences around best practice with organization working on similar issues at different levels (national, regional and pan-African).  

Programme Manager:  

Zainab O.  Ali

+254 20 2727 107/8   


c/o Maji na Ufanisi

Theta Lane, off Tenana Road
P.O. Box 58684 - 00200
Nairobi, Kenya 



KenyaWater and Sanitation CSO's Network (KEWASNET) (Kenya) 

KEWASNET was formed in 2007 to facilitate coordination of Kenya CSO’s towards achieving improved governance in the water and sanitation sector. KEWASNET’s mission is to strengthen participation, key partnerships and coordination of diverse Kenyan civil society voices and actors in the formulation of policy, practices and strategies on water and sanitation for all while promoting pro-poor water governance and accountability. 

Attainment of the networks' goal has been enhanced through the DFID programme of work since implementation of activities for the project began in April 2009. Through the programme, KEWASNET has lined up activities that are aimed at: 

  • Strengthening the network to enable it effectively engage at the national level with the government and other sector stakeholders in improving accountability, transparency and overall sector governance
  • Enhancing capacity of Civil Society Organizations to enable them effectively contribute towards improved governance at the local level
  • Improving awareness level of the general public on sector issues with a view to increasing participation in service delivery processes thereby strengthening accountability
  • Enhancing government responsiveness and willingness to engage other sector stakeholders in decision making and policy formulation. 

Programme Manager: 

Henry Ochieng, KEWASNET Coordinator

+254 20 3874331; +254 20 387 3828;,

C/o The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA)
Kabarnet Lane, off Kabarnet Road, Off Ngong Road.
P.O Box 1411-00100 GPO



National Association of Professional  Environmentalists (NAPE) (Uganda) 

NAPE was formed in 1997 and is  a registered indigenous Environmental Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) that works on a number of  environmental issues with specific focus on undertaking lobbying and advocacy for sustainable use of natural resources in the areas of water, energy. 

The NAPE governance programme is an initiative that brings together grass root communities, local leaders, service providers and CSOs in an active and participatory decision making processes regarding water and sanitation service provision in Uganda. 

Programme Manager: 

Mukeele Timothy

+256 414 534 453 /

P.O.  Box 29909 , Kampala , Uganda