Promoting Good Governance & Accountability in Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Delivery in Uganda

Contract partner: UWASNET - Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network Country: Uganda Funding amount: € 290.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2021 End: 30.11.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

The project aims at improving knowledge in WASH advocacy and gender budgeting as well as enhancing institutional capacity in support of effective water resources management at local and national levels with focus on local actors in the West Nile region. Citizens shall be empowered to access water and sanitation services equitably and sustainably and thus contribute to the achievement of Uganda´s Vision 2040. Civil society organisations shall hold duty bearers accountable for the provision of adequate financing for equitable, inclusive, sustainable and affordable WASH services and environmental conservation.

Expected results

1. Enhanced capacity in WASH advocacy of 151 directly targeted beneficiaries.

2. Strengthened sector coordination and learning among 138 UWASNET members and key stakeholders in the sector for effective WASH and IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management) services provision.

3. Enhanced capacity for gender mainstreaming within 20 UWASNET member CSOs in the West Nile Region.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The project directly targets 1470 beneficiaries (151 in the West Nile region - 61 CSO representatives, 25 community members, 40 members of the Parliamentary WASH Forum and 25 local Government leaders - as well as the 138 UWASNET member organisations and the UWASNET Secretariat.

The project further targets the 5 districts of Koboko, Madi Okollo, Terego, Obongi and Yumbe in the West Nile region (population of 1,756,523 people according to 2018 Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

UWASNET Secretariat will lead the project implementation and is supported at West Nile regional level by a local NGO facilitating meetings and participation in sub county dialogues for social accountability and governance.


The main activities include capacity development efforts such as trainings, sensitization meetings, engagement dialogues and a multi-media campaign. Furthermore, to strengthen sector coordination and learning, a national dialogue meeting as well as CSO coordination meeting will be held, the UWASNET´s resource center will be digitalized and updated as well as joint technical review and sector work exchange sessions conducted. To include gender mainstreaming into WASH-programming, a gender-WASH needs assessment and a gender-responsive budgeting training will be conducted.


More than 30% of Ugandans living in rural and urban areas lack access to safe water. 15% of all water sources continue to be non-functional at the time of spot check. The sanitation situation in Uganda’s rural and urban areas is even more worrying, as only 39% use safely managed sanitation. Good governance, transparency and accountability in Uganda’s WASH sector is an essential pillar for working for solutions of these problems.

project number 2507-00/2021
source of funding OEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 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.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • 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.