Chief Executive Officer of USAID's Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) program, the largest infrastructure technical assistance program in the Agency's history on the African continent at the time - with overall managerial responsibility for operational and technical performance, budgets and funding, consultations with US Government agencies, cooperating country governments and development partners.
The program developed and showcased pilot projects and innovative financial approaches based on market-driven principles aiming at achieving long-term financial sustainability in a collaborative approach with governments, service providers and the private sector. SUWASA became a leading think tank for innovative reform models on the African continent, developing tools and solutions for reforming Africa’s crippling and subsidized water sector into a vibrant industry. Lessons learned from pilot projects are being developed into scalable and replicable reform models, implemented by USAID as well as cooperating donor organizations and development partners.
SUWASA developed a new approach to utilizing USAID seed funding of USD 40-50 million for leveraging extensive third-party financing for large-scale reform initiatives across Africa.
In late 2012, SUWASA had a portfolio of 16 projects in 8 countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia) and over 50 staff, with another four project start-ups in the pipeline.
In Kenya, SUWASA implemented two projects - one in Nakuru county and another one in Kisumu county. The Kisumu project supported the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company to increase individual household connections in low-income residential areas through a cash-flow backed loan from K-Rep Bank. The Nakuru project supported an initiative by the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company to broaden its customer base through a pilot program with public pre-paid meters in peri-urban, informal settlements. The new water infrastructure being provided under the two projects is benefiting more than 35,000 people.
A new project in Kenya, launched in the second quarter of 2013, aimed at scaling up the Kisumu financing model through increased private sector financing of Kenya urban water service providers to meet their capital investment needs. The project served as a pilot for a potential long-term regional USAID financed initiative in partnership with other donors.