About Us

The Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM) is a non-governmental organization that aims to strengthen water and environmental governance and climate change resilience through unlocking the potential of communities and institutions to manage their natural resources equitably and sustainably.

IEWM has a strong track record in tackling and finding innovative solutions to address climate change, natural resource management, and water and sanitation issues, through training and capacity building, skills development, research and knowledge management. The institute’s added value and achievements relies on strategically combining effective programme management, targeted advocacy and compelling communications.

The Institute has striven to bridge the gap between local action and policy/decision making through lobbying and advocacy.   It’s technical experience and influence is recognised and valued at the national level and IEWM’s interventions are clearly aligned with national policies and guidelines, actively contributing to the country’s Vision 2030.


The Institute of Environment and Water (IEW) was established in 2005 as a programme of the East Africa Wildlife Society (EAWLS) to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues on water resources management in the wake of the water sector reforms. The aim of the programme was facilitates stakeholders’ solution finding processes for water and environmental management. Today the Institute has grown to become a full fledged institution that aims at improving access to water resources for poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and environmental sustainability.

In 2008, the Institute was registered as a Trust but it continued to operate under the EAWLS and was later in 2009 registered as an independent and not-for-profit organisation in Kenya. Since its inception, the Institute has significantly succeeded in grasping its niche in the water sector where it has considerably gained visibility. Not only do the operations of the institute stretch throughout the country but also in the Eastern Africa Region through its networks and research programmes. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors that oversee its operations including its finance management and the Secretariat (headed by the Executive Director and charged with the day to day operations, management and administration).


To strengthen water and environmental governance through unlocking the potential of communities and institutions to manage their natural resources equitably and sustainably.


A society where women and men have equitable access to water and sanitation for environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and climate change resilience.

Core Values

  • Transparency and accountability
  • Integrity
  • Team work
  • Gender equality and respect for human rights
  • Respect for diversity
  • Efficiency and excellence
  • Social and Environmental Responsibility