Additional Support to the Water Supply and Sanitation for Refugees Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (ADA-WatSSUP)
ADA is co-funding the project and supporting its main objective to ensure sustainable water and sanitation services in selected refugee settlements and host communities. ADA’s contribution focuses on the transition from humanitarian to long-term water supply by national service providers.
1. Increase the number of water supply systems. 2. Strengthen the northern umbrella organisation for water and sanitation capacity for managing the water supply systems.
Target group / Beneficiaries
Using an integrated approach, the programme targets refugee families, but also considers the predominantly poor rural population of the host communities. Care is taken to ensure the support provided benefits both refugees and host communities. 50,000 people, including 27,000 refugees, are directly benefitting from the ADA contribution to the programme. 65 hand pump mechanics will have completed training courses for the maintenance and repair of hybrid water supply systems.
Geographically, the project will target northern Uganda with a focus on Terego, Madi Okollo and Yumbe districts. Key implementation partners are the Ugandan Ministry of Water & Environment at national level and the Northern Umbrella of Water and Sanitation (NUWS) at regional level. Furthermore, the programme cooperates closely with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the district local governments.
The financial contribution of ADA supports the rehabilitation of 8 additional water supply systems in refugee settlements and host communities. Furthermore, the hand-over to the responsible operator for rural water supply and sanitation (NUWS) is facilitated.
Uganda continues to have an open-door policy regarding the reception of refugees from neighbouring countries. Refugee communities are mainly located in the West Nile region of northern Uganda, a structurally very disadvantaged part of the country. The existing regional disparities have further worsened due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is particularly evident in the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector, as an already strained system has been further overburdened due to the pandemic and the need for water supply (hygiene and drinking water).
Successful interventions require a transition from the humanitarian approach in the refugee settlements to sustainable, long-term WASH provisions through national service providers. In Uganda, the transition from humanitarian-led water supply to government-owned utilities has been termed the utility model.
The GIZ programme Water Supply and Sanitation for Refugee Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (WatSSUP) was commissioned in 2018 under a Special Initiative by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany.