The Lake catchment provides the livelihood of about one-third of the combined populations in the East African states. Thus, over 30 million people in five countries share the resources of the Lake Victoria basin. Harmful activities in the catchment area ultimately influence the lake and thus affect the livelihoods of people throughout the basin. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of the Lake basin population lives below the poverty line. The programme is addressing the right of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene as well as protecting the lake basin. Improved water resources management and access to safe water and sanitation for all is essential for eradicating poverty, building peaceful and prosperous societies, and ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ on the path towards sustainable development

“I am happy, we can see the project and attest to its benefits to the residents. The aim of the project was to provide access to sanitation and clean water to the informal settlements, we are glad that the project has not only achieved that, but it has also made accessibility of residents to their homes easier and better through the stairway up to the rocky hill. I am grateful to the residents who through the Multistakeholders forum have shown their support, involvement, and participation before, during and after implementation of the project, thank you for fulfilling your mandate and responsibilities.”

Mr. Raoul Pedrazzani,representative of the European Investment Bank

people have access to safe drinking water and 700,000 people with safe sanitation facilities.
water service providers and 15 local governments have benefited from utility management training
people in the Lake Victoria region have access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

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Leaving no one and no place behind

Hover over or click the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

In the last 15 years, we have developed tools to assist policy makers and practitioners develop strategies for implementing the human right to water and sanitation. These include a publication of a Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation (…) with the Centre for Human Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and other partners, a Fact Sheet on the Right to Water and Sanitation.

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The programme has involved women from project conceptualization to implementation.

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Design for sanitation facilities are child-friendly, Youth have taken a prominent role in participating in the Multistakeholder forums and working as casuals in the project implementation where physical works are involved.

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The programme has developed sanitation facilities that accommodate the physically challenged in communities especially school sanitation facilities.


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Donors and partners

Collaboration between UN-Habitat and its partners in providing access to safe clean water and sanitation has led to the successful implementation of the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation programme. We have a great partnership with Governments, regional development banks, the private sector, Non-Governmental organization, and academia. UN-Habitat also works with the local authorities and communities to implement sustainable water and sanitation projects, improve utility capacity through training and promote ownership

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Pireh Otieno
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