14 Aug Jackline Muturi
Country of citizenship: Kenya
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor of Science in Hydrology and Water Resources Management
Most recent position: Water Resources Officer, Ewaso Ng’iro North Development Authority
Completed scholarship: 2016
“I decided to study the Masters of Integrated Water Management because, having worked in diverse areas of Kenya, I have experienced first-hand the challenges inherent in water resources management, and I realised that I need knowledge of the multi-disciplinary nature of integrated water management to be able to improve the water sector in Kenya, and in the wider world as well.
Water management is a key issue all over the world, but it cannot be done independently because all natural resources are closely linked in one way or another. For instance, water catchments cannot be managed without considering forest management, because the water is naturally nourished by water catchments formed by forests either natural or manmade. So it is important that when managing water resources, an integrated interdisplinary approach is used so as to be able to manage the ecosystem as a whole.
I wish to be involved in coming up with strategies to counter the water shortage and sanitation issues in Kenya and help in the management of projects towards achieving a water sufficient nation. As such, I will be in a position to be involved in activities that increase water recharge in catchments and empowering local communities in sustainable water management. I will be a water leader who is able to make positive changes for the betterment of livelihoods of the rural poor, especially women and children.”