The goals of IEW are realized through capacity building at different levels. IEW is thus a capacity building institution with diverse range of expertise in social, water and sanitation management, gender and development, development communication, environmental science, engineering and networking which make possible, the realization of the organizational goals. Our programmes include the following;

  • Capacity building for effective water resources management – this is achieved through
    training and skills development,knowledge sharing, and technology transfer.
  • Applied Research and Community Development
    Networking with relevant institutions to realize development goals and facilitate learning.
  • Managing climate change to protect livelihoods, environment and water resources
  • Gender mainstreaming across water, sanitation and environmental sectors
  • Advocacy and lobbying for gender and social issues
  • Consultancy and technical support in relevant areas.

Applied Research

IEW conducts multi-disciplinary participatory approach to research and adaptation of the findings into the development and improvement of sector projects and programs. Our research programmes are implemented with various partners. Currently the Institute is conducting a regional research on addressing sanitation in the poor urban areas, taking into consideration the gender, ecological and policy aspects, and another one on gender international law and justice on the right to water in Kenya. The knowledge gained from any of the research conducted is disseminated to relevant institutions through various avenues including case studies and workshops. Networking.

Capacity Building

The Institute conducts trainings for water actors in the country and also in the Eastern Africa region in order to improve water resources management and therefore achieve increased access. This is done in collaboration with partners such as the UNICEF, Gender and Water Alliance/UNHABITAT, Gender and Climate Justice Network (Gender CC) among other partners.

Gender Mainstreaming

The Kenya’s water sector and also and for the Lake Victoria region Water and Sanitation Programme of UN HABITAT. Currently the institute is working with the World Bank and the Ministry of Water Irrigation to develop gender mainstreaming training programme for the water sector. We are also working with the Global Water Partnership, Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), World Bank –Water and Sanitation Programme, UNEP and UN HABITAT to support the Africa Ministers Council on Water to Develop its Gender Policy and Strategy.

Gender and climate change The institute has with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation conducted a gender and climate change workshop to highlight issues of gender and climate change, and forge partnership to strengthen the mainstreaming of gender into the National Climate Change Response Strategy and the Climate Change Bill development processes.

Managing Climate Change

Water Resources are the most vulnerable resources when it comes to climate change impacts. IEW strengthens institutional and local capacities for addressing climate change challenges – mitigation and adaptation. This is achieved through knowledge and information sharing, facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues on a range of issues for solution finding, technology transfer to enhance mitigation and adaptation capacities. The Institute has facilitated dialogues between the communities, implementers and decision makers both in the rural and urban areas. We have also developed case studies to enable information sharing, lobbying and to inform decisions. The Institute has recently conducted rapid assessments in Kibera (urban) and Mwingi (rural) and planning fully fledged projects in the two areas.


A key activity of the institute is to network and facilitate networking among key water and sanitation actors. The institute is a member of a number of local, regional and international networks. It is also the regional focal point for Gender and Water Alliance Eastern Africa region, Gender CC East Africa. We also facilitate a national forum on water governance. It brings together members of these networks together on a number of organized members’ activities. The institute will also bring together in April the Africa members of the Gender cc in regional conference to discuss the Africa regional activities for 2010.

Advocacy & Lobbying

IEW has been involved in advocacy work relating to gender and social issues in the national, regional and international programmes. This has earned the institute a great deal of recognition as key player in sustainable development. As such, IEW has greatly participated in various forums as an advisor in regard to policy formulation, where they have been called upon to share their experiences. These programmes include climate change forums, water, sustainable development such as the commission on sustainable development, Africa Ministerial Conference on Water, Africa Union Session on Water and Sanitation, Water Security in East Africa among other forums. IEW identified and documents case studies to inform policy formulation at all levels.