Sustainable Water quality management supporting Uganda`s development ambitions

Contract partner: IIASA - Internationales Institut für angewandte Systemanalyse - International Institute for Applied Systems AnalysisCountry: Uganda Funding amount: € 1.583.820,00Project start: 01.11.2021End: 31.10.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

The objective of the project is to “contribute to the sustainable management of water resources in Uganda”, integrating the water, health, agriculture, industry and environment sectors. This is in line with the integrated water resources management approach stipulated in the National Water Policy and the Uganda Catchment Management Guidelines.

Expected results

Improve knowledge and enhanced institutional capacity in water quality management in support of policymaking and effective water resources management.

Output area 1:Improving water quality monitoring and information sharing, through existing data collation and additional comprehensive physico-chemical monitoring and biomonitoring.

Output area 2:Developing a water quality modelling framework for Uganda, covering nationwide baseline setup and a case study, including scenario analysis for climate change and management Options.

Output area 3. Enhancing institutional capacity for water quality management to inform policy and practice.

Target group / Beneficiaries

At least 60 persons (practitioners, policymakers and researchers from Ugandan governments and universities) working in the water sector will directly benefit from the trainings on water quality related aspects. The Directorate of Water Resources Management of the Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda, as an institution with an overall mandate for water resources management in Uganda, is the main target institution for the tailored institutional capacity enhancement. Other direct beneficiaries include the national and regional development partners, investors, civil society organisations and scientists.


Output area 1: Key activities are data gathering and analysis through data collation, additional comprehensive physico-chemical monitoring and biomonitoring . Output area 2 activities are setup of the national modelling framework, baseline assessment and scenario analysis for the selected Water Management Zone, setup of the ecohydrological model for case study to explore management options and prepare the national water quality assessment report. Output area 3 activities are carrying out the workshops and trainings and operationalise the unit for biomonitoring at the Directorate of Water Resources Management.


Fast population growth and strong development ambitions focusing on short-term economic benefits in Uganda drive the fast degradation of water quality, posing increasing challenges for water resources management. Better understanding of the status and improved capacity will both contribute to better management of water quality and water recourses, which will further contribute to the health, wellbeing and livelihood improvement of the population, sustainable economic development and poverty eradication in the country.

project number2507-01/2020
source of fundingOEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 2, Climate change adaptation: 1, Biodiversity: 1, Gender: 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.