Double honours for Tobias Omufwoko, WSSCC's Kenya National Coordinator!

Tobias Omufwoko

On 14 August 2018, Mr. Tobias Omufwoko, CEO of WASH Alliance Kenya and WSSCC National Coordinator of Kenya, was appointed to serve as the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Focal Person for Sanitation and Water for All (SWA). Moreover, Mr. Omufwoko was elected to sit as a Board Member representing the Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Societies Network (KEWASNET) for the African Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (ANEW).

SWA is a partnership bringing together governments, external support agencies, civil society, the private sector and multilateral organisations at national, regional and global levels to work towards achieving universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. ANEW is a regional networking body of African civil society organizations actively involved in the field of sustainable water management, water supply and sanitation. Both SWA and ANEW recognize the right to make a lasting impact in ensuring safe water and adequate sanitation are available to all, including the most vulnerable communities.

Mr. Omufwoko was appointed by KEWASNET, who will provide support to Mr. Omufwoko in line with its core mandate to promote good governance in the WASH sector. While representing CSOs, he will primarily bear the identity of KEWASNET in working with ANEW to develop and communicate positions. He will be joined by other ANEW board members representing Green Cross, UWASNET, WESNET, WAK, WSUP, APAA CONGO, PASDL and NEWSAN.

Among his many responsibilities, Mr. Omufwoko’s major tasks includes:

  • Acting as the liaison between the SWA Secretariat and the civil society organisations (CSO) partners at national level, and gathering inputs and contributions on SWA processes and activities;
  • Working with partners to align with the SWA framework in response to country needs and support an in-country strategic multi-stakeholder partnership to deliver on SWA values;
  • Using existing national level processes, discussing and developing relevant commitments for Civil Society in alignment with Government-led plans, priorities and commitments.

With these appointments, Mr. Omufwoko believes he “will provide WSSCC with additional repositioning and clout for engagements in advocacy, influencing and agenda setting in the WASH sector on the regional, national and global level”. WSSCC looks forward to supporting Mr. Omufwoko and his efforts in promoting the WASH sector, bringing proper water and sanitation to those in need.

As an organisation, WSSCC is also represented on the SWA Steering Committee by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk. In Kenya, Mr. Omufwoko has been active in the Council's multi-faceted engagements, including the Global Sanitation Fund-supported Kenya Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme, and its capacity development work on Menstrual Hygiene Management.

By Creol Grandjean, Resource Mobilisation and Marketing Analyst Intern, WSSCC