Effect of Donor Funding on the Performance of Water Utilities in Kenya

Nicholas Daniel Otieno (Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, KCA University, Nairobi, Kenya)
Olanrewaju Isola Fatoki (Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, KCA University, Nairobi, Kenya)


The objective of this study was to analyse the effect of donor funding on the performance of water utilities in Kenya. The study employed the use of a census by targeting all 88 regulated Water Services Providers (WSPs) in Kenya for a period of two years, 2016 and 2017. Data pertaining to the support received from the donors were obtained from the publications of the WSPs, Development Partners, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and Office of Auditor General (OAG). Performance data of the various WSPs were extracted from the Impact reports produced by Water Regulatory Board (WASREB), for the periods 2016/7 to 2017/8. Presentation of the data was done through the use of tables and charts with the application of SPSS. The study found that donor funding issued as Output Based Approach (OBA) leads to improved performance. This finding is expected to assist the Kenyan Government in negotiating for the Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding to be aligned to the government flagship projects under the Medium Term Plans (MTP). The study recommends OBA as the best way of issuing donor funding.


Official development assistance;Water service providers;Kenya vision 2030;Sustainable development goals;Donor funding

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/mmpp.v3i3.3595


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