Additional Support to the Water Supply and Sanitation for Refugees Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (ADA-WatSSUP)

Contract partner: GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH Country: Uganda Funding amount: € 1.950.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2021 End: 31.03.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

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.

Expected results

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.


project number 2687-00/2021
source of funding OEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.