Uganda

Water For People – Uganda started its operations in 2008, and since then has responded to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of people in both rural and peri-urban communities of Uganda. All of its work is done under the vision of Everyone Forever.

Increased performance in WASH service delivery is accomplished through partnerships with the private sector under our Water As A Business (WAAB) and Sanitation As A Business (SAAB) models, which shift away from traditional, subsidy-driven approaches to a business-driven model.

Thanks to the Uganda team’s efforts, 10,000 people so far have access to safe drinking water from piped systems and hand pumps in the communities of Kamwenge and Kyegegwa. Following the Water As A Business model, private operators manage a sustained water supply through piped water schemes, making extensions to households and public places. For areas far away from the piped water network, access to safe water is ensured through a system of hand pumps managed by water entrepreneurs and maintained by Hand Pump Mechanics, and overseen by caretakers who collect money from users for every 20 litres fetched. On the sanitation side, over 1,500 people now benefit from improved sanitation installations. Water For People - Uganda supports research, construction, marketing and innovation of sanitation technology through its Sanitation Hub (SaniHub). The vision of the SaniHub is to promote sanitation technology development and to supply local entrepreneurs with these locally produced technologies. An example of this work is the promotion of affordable toilets and the opportunity for upgrades, including innovations like the DuraSan and the SaTo pan. A spin off of Water For People – Uganda, the Sanitation Solutions Group (SSG) actively promotes these sanitation technology options, using robust marketing strategies.

Water For People - Uganda is also a recognized contributor to the sector through the local, regional, and international fora like the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). We are a member of the WASH Agenda For Change (WA4C), a national hub in Uganda formed with an aim of promoting WASH services to Everyone Forever in Uganda- this is part of a global movement to promote universal access to WASH services. Water For People is chair on the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) technology working group, and is a member of the National Sanitation Working Group (NSWG), Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET) and Kamwenge District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee (DWSCC), among others.

Water As A Business

Water As A Business (WAAB) is a model through which Water For People encourages private sector involvement in improving access to water services. The main focus of this model, currently being piloted by Water For People-Uganda in Kamwenge District, is to collect money for water on a Pay-As-You-Fetch basis and apply part of the collected revenue to maintaining water systems, increasing the sustainability of the system. This also encourages entrepreneurship as it creates jobs for water point caretakers, operators, collectors and mechanics. As an example of the initial success of WAAB in Kamwenge, one of the private operators of a piped water scheme an average monthly collection of $300 from water users. His costs include management and operational costs of about $207 after which he saves about $45 in a Sub-county water escrow account to save for repair and eventual replacement of the system and retains a profit of $48.

Sanitation As A Business

Similar to Water As A Business, Water For People-Uganda is piloting Sanitation As A Business (SAAB) to promote improved sanitation and reduce the health risk associated with the poor management of a population’s excreta through the market and private sector.. The country program has been pivotal in demonstrating the scope for engaging the private sector along the sanitation value chain, including capture, emptying, transportation, treatment and reuse. Through its Sanihub, a number of sanitation technologies have been developed including the Durasan- a latrine made of pre-fabricated concrete blocks that are easily assembled, Tin Toilet- a latrine made of corrugated iron super structure and plastic barrels for its substructure, allowing a self-treating system of the sludge, Gulper I and Gulper II for pit emptying, the Pump-and-Go for transporting faecal sludge, Decentralised Faecal Sludge Treatment (DEFAST) plant for rural waste treatment, and briquettes made from faecal sludge.

  • Brenda  Achiro Muthemba
  • Joan  Asiimwe
  • Grace Kanweri
  • Loretta  Nakayima
  • Priscilla  Naluwaga
  • Mary Daisy  Namugwe
  • Esther  Nasunna
  • Micheal  Ndagije
  • Cate N. Nimanya
  • Martin  Nyanzi
  • Isma  Rwiririza

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