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Approved Proposal on Sanitation Value Chain

Cordaid’s call for proposal regarding its innovative sanitation value chain has prosperously been approved by the African Water Facility of the African Development Bank in the beginning of October. The first draft of the proposal was submitted in late 2011.

Cordaid, together with its partners KIWASCO, Vitens Evides International and the Kenyan NGOs SANA and Umande Trust, will implement the project “Innovative Sanitation Value Chain for the Unsewered Urban Poor in Kisumu, Kenya”. The approved project has a duration of 36 months and Cordaid Urban Matters will, building on its well-developed network in Manyatta, lead the monitoring & evaluation of the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Surveys.

The project

The project will introduce and demonstrate viable sanitation service delivery for un-sewered urban poor living in Manyatta and other informal settlements of Kisumu. Specifically, the project will:

(i)  increase hygiene awareness and sanitation coverage in Manyatta;
(ii) establish a (private) company for faecal sludge and urine collection and transport;
(iii) demonstrate the potential for valorization and marketing of faecal sludge and urine for energy and fertilizer production;(iv) upscale project outcomes to all informal settlements of Kisumu; and
(v) disseminate to 20 other cities and 50 water service providers (WSPs) in Kenya.

African Water Facility funds will contribute € 1 204 000 representing 56% of the total project cost of € 2 152 000. The Recipient and Collaborating Partners will contribute the remainder amounting to € 948 000, mainly through the establishment of a micro-credit facility for household sanitation at local banks.


The initial direct beneficiaries are 48,000 urban poor (out of the total 60,000 inhabitants living in Manyatta) with a total subsequent reach of 240,000 urban poor living in Kisumu.

The Sanitation Value Chain

With the Sanitation Value Chain, Cordaid connects all relevant stakeholders to establish a sustainable market driven chain to provide sanitation services in slums.

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Cordaid’s role

Cordaid is a global development organization whose mission is to create flourishing, self-reliant communities in the world’s most fragile and conflict-affected areas.

Cordaid’s long term commitment is to improve the lives of people living in Kisumu. Cordaid Urban Matters focuses on urban neighborhoods and brings key stakeholders together to work on a common agenda for change and development. We actively seek cooperation with local authorities, residents, local entrepreneurs and NGOs as well as professionals, companies and knowledge institutions through public-private partnerships.


If you want to receive further information about this project, please contact Merciline Oyier, Programme Asisstant Cordaid Urban Matters Kenya ([email protected]) or Evert van Walsum, Programme Expert Urban Matters ([email protected]).