Uganda

Testing the sub-county water supply and sanitation board as a new management model in rural Uganda

Testing the sub-county water supply and sanitation board as a new management model in rural Uganda

By Julia Boulenouar – A classic case of community managed rural water supply In Uganda management of water supply has been responsibility of the communities, who struggle to provide an adequate level of service.  In Kabarole or Lira Districts, only 2% of households receive a basic level of service (Triple-S baseline survey).

Sub County Water and Sanitation Boards could help fix community management in Uganda but only with proper support

Sub County Water and Sanitation Boards could help fix community management in Uganda but only with proper support

- By Martin Watsisi, Regional Learning Facilitator, Triple-S Uganda. In Uganda, as in many places, community water management has not worked very well. By and large, water user committees don’t have the requisite authority to collect fees or the necessary technical skills to ensure proper operations, maintenance and repairs. And District Water Officers, ostensibly responsible […]

Only the Minister of Water and Environment can decommission a defunct water facility in Uganda: myth or reality

Only the Minister of Water and Environment can decommission a defunct water facility in Uganda: myth or reality

By Robert Otim, District Learning Facilitator, Lira district, Uganda – In an Inter-district, meeting (IDM) organised by Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) June 2013 in Kitgum, decommissioning of defunct water systems was a major concern cutting across all the 15 districts of Northern Uganda. Since the end of the humanitarian period and subsequent withdrawal […]

Uganda Sector Review 2012: are we still seeing the forest from the trees?

Uganda Sector Review 2012: are we still seeing the forest from the trees?

Stagnating coverage and functionality in rural water in Uganda: can this nut be cracked?

Stagnating coverage and functionality in rural water in Uganda: can this nut be cracked?

Next week more than 200 practitioners and policy makers from government, civil society, private sector and donors will come together for the annual Joint Water and Environment Sector Review in Uganda to review progress and set-backs during the past year and discuss and decide on priorities for the coming year.  For rural water Uganda is […]

Experimenting with water service delivery

Experimenting with water service delivery

By Patrick Moriarty Coming up with a convincing elevator pitch for our Sustainable Services at Scale (Triple-S) project has long been a challenge.  Which, given the complexities of the rural water sector itself, is possibly not that surprising.  Whether defining ourselves (at least in part) as a complexity informed water services development lab will help, […]

Community-based management is dead; long live community-based management

Community-based management is dead; long live community-based management

Last week, we had our first Triple-S research seminar, discussing the first findings from the assessments of service provision around point sources in Ghana and Uganda. Although I had seen a sneak preview of some of the data, the consolidated results were shocking. After seeing them, I was tempted to declare community-based management (particularly of […]

Allocation of funds for district level WASH programmes: What is the ideal formula?

Allocation of funds for district level WASH programmes: What is the ideal formula?

By Lydia Mirembe and Deirdre Casella in Lira, Uganda  - What started off as a commonplace lecture-like meeting in the Lira District Council Hall, ended up in a spirited discussion about a variety of issues around the delivery of water services in a decentralisation framework. Conditional grants for water and sanitation; mobile phones for water; […]

Monitoring, learning and adaptation – important lessons from Uganda for development partners

Monitoring, learning and adaptation – important lessons from Uganda for development partners

By Harold Lockwood  -   Yesterday I read an excellent report on how the water sector in Uganda has managed to build a truly national monitoring system. The report is written by the Rural Water Supply Network – RWSN – and so naturally focuses on the rural sector as it looks back at the detailed steps […]

Mid term assessment blues

Mid term assessment blues

My name is Patrick Moriarty. I’m the director of IRC’s Triple-S project, and am blogging at waterservicethatlast for the first time – although I also blog sporadically on my own site .  This blog was started by Stef Smits, head of research in Triple-S but is now being opened up to other project staff – […]

The naked truth

In this video, Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People tells the naked truth about many water systems in Africa, and elsewhere. An honest account of sustainability problems facing the sector.