“Water is key to the agricultural and energy sectors, both critical to accelerating growth and development in Africa.”  This is why it came as a surprise to Mr. Thomas Chiramba, Head of Freshwater Ecosystems Unit at the UNEP in Kenya, that “there is too much focus on household water access and not enough on linkages between water and sustainable development.”

Part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) project for African countries was to ensure that people have access to safe drinking water, and specifically, to reduce the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by half in 2015. Efforts to meet this target have been praiseworthy. However, the main challenge is to turn water access into a resource for sustainable economic development, and not just for domestic use.

Jotham Muriu Njoroge has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Nairobi. He is currently studying an undergraduate degree at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.