Ewaso Ng'iro North Development Authority Projects:


Ewaso Ng’iro North River Basin Development Authority was established in 1989 with a mandate to plan, co-ordinate, and implement development projects and programmes in the Ewaso Ng’iro North River Basin. The Basin covers 36.4% of Kenya land surface of which 92% of the basin is Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) and has an estimated population of 4 million Kenyans. The basin is richly endowed with various natural resources ranging from large tracks of natural forest, rich diversity of flora and fauna, marine resources, oil, minerals as well as natural gas. The unique ecological and climatic conditions present diverse investment opportunities for socio-economic development.

Consistent with the Authority’s mandate, ENNDA has been spearheading public investments in sustainable and equitable manner within the basin through planning and implementation of integrated, multi-sectoral and strategic national programs and projects.

Despite the interventions, the local communities living within the basin still face various challenges hindering socio-economic development. They include alternating droughts and floods as a result of effects of climate change, Land and ecosystems degradation, inadequate water infrastructure to supports irrigation and livestock rearing and unsustainable utilization of the existing natural resources. These has further resulted to low agricultural productivity leading to food insecurity, loss of natural biodiversity, livestock and wildlife to droughts and loss of human lives.


Our Projects

In its endeavors towards achieving its vision, ENNDA hasimplemented various basin wide programmes and projects these include:-

  • Ewaso Ng’iro North Water Resource Conservation and Management Study funded by ADB and GOK generated a rich basin wide database which highlighted most of the potentials within the basin

  • Ewaso Ng’iro North Natural Resource Conservation Project (ENNNRCP)
    The ENNNRCP being implemented by the Authority through the funding from the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Kenyan Government aims at alleviating poverty in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Project area through enhanced resources conservation with specific focus on improving the availability of water for livestock and domestic consumption and environmental conservation.

  • The project has the following components:-

  • Water resource development and management
  • Participatory catchment conservation
  • Capacity building and project co-ordination
  • Water resource development and management

    Development of water facilities has improved the quality of potable water and reduced walking distances for both children and women and reduced the death of animals

    Kiahiti Dam in Nyandarua County
    mariara dam
    Mariara borehole in Meru County

    Participatory catchment conservation

    mariara dam
    Where the project has improved indigenous forest cover to enhance food security and income.

    Capacity building and project co-ordination

    mariara dam
    Community training on participatory development methodologies to enhance capacity in projects managements.


    We are committed to upholding the following core values as the guiding principles for the operations of ENNDA:

    1. Integrity -Honesty and sincerity are an integral part of our operations. We shall uphold these through strict adherence to the moral principles underlying all our policies.
    2. Equity-We are committed to acting in an impartial, fair and just manner.
    3. Team spirit-We treat one another with respect and communicate openly. We create a workplace that fosters community, respects, and uniqueness of each person, promotes employee participation to ensure their full contribution and appreciate the value of multiple perspectives and diverse expertise.
    4. Reliability-In all our undertakings, we make an effort to be reliable and dependable.
    5. Innovativeness & Creativity-We thrive on creativity and ingenuity. We seek the innovations and ideas that can bring a positive change to the basin. We value creativity that is focused, data-driven, and continuously-improving based on results.
    6. Professionalism-We shall be patriotic to the cause of the ENNDA and be guided by professional ethics in all our undertakings.
    7. Gender Parity-Equal representation of women and men is our hall mark. We believe men and women have equal value and should be accorded equal treatment; empowering women is our indispensable tool for advancing development and reducing poverty.


    The purpose of this Strategic Plan is to create short- and long–range interventions that will enable ENNDA to identify, evaluate and explore opportunities for continuous growth and sustainability. The Strategic Plan will create focus in the Authority’s operations while at the same time enabling it to achieve competitiveness in the regional development sector.


    Implementation is the doing part of the Strategic Plan that describes the specific actions that needs to pursued by different actors. Specific time lines have been detailed against the activities with the outputs and budget clearly stipulated. The success of implementation will be dependent on institutionalizing the process so that the plan can have a life of its own.
    The participation of all the stakeholders will be a critical factor for successful implementation of the plan. There should be supportive structure, culture and systems for realization of the set outputs.


    To coordinate poverty alleviation, employment creation, social integration, community empowerment, political development, environment management and socio-economic development programmes and projects;
    To promote and facilitate sustainable livelihoods through undertaking projects which enhance food production and accessibility for all within the region;
    To promote and coordinate community capacity building and development projects in the region; To establish a mechanism for ensuring equitable compensation and benefit sharing for the local communities arising from the economic exploitation of resources in the region;
    To promote resource based investment while encouraging efficient and effective utilization of such resources; To initiate and market multi-sectoral development projects; Institutionalise Early Warning Systems (EWS) in all development programmes in the Basin


    To plan, coordinate, promote and implement development programmes and resource based investments in the region in an integrated, multi-sectoral approach, so as to ensure equitable social economic development in the region.

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