Sustainable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SWaSSH4A)

Contract partner: SNV - The Netherlands Development Organisation Country: Uganda Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 01.11.2022 End: 31.10.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal

The project will contribute to the attainment of the Uganda National Development Plan III Goal of “Increased Household Incomes and Improved Quality of Life of Ugandans.” Expected outcome is increased sustainable access to inclusive, climate resilient and safe water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in the rural areas of the Alebtong, Dokolo, Kole and Lira districts of northern Uganda.

Expected results

1. Strengthened inclusive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) governance, in particular around gender, equity, and social inclusion (GESI) and climate resilience.

2. Improved operation and maintenance of water supply services.

3. Improved quality and pace of rehabilitation of water points.

4. Increased availability of affordable and durable sanitation products and services for rural households.

5. Increased outreach and quality of sanitation and hygiene behavioural change interventions.

6. Improved coordination, learning and documentation.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries are approx. 328 000 people in the four districts of Alebtong, Dokolo, Kole and Lira.

i. Relevant Ugandan Ministries and Regional Centres for the Ministry for Water and Environment (MWE)

ii. International NGOs and Donor Agencies

iii. WASH Civil Society Organisations and the Umbrella Organization UWASNET

iv. District Local Government leadership and technical staff of 4 target districts with 34 sub-counties.

v. Communities in the 4 targeted districts residing in rural areas.

vi. Private sector service providers i.e. handpump mechanics, hand pump mechanics associations, other area service providers and private emptiers associations.



Output 1:

1.1 One GESI (gender, equity, and social inclusion) analysis to study to guide project interventions in GESI

1.2 Strengthen the District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee through support to meetings, targeted training, coaching and learning events.

1.3 Strengthen the Parish Development Committees (PDCs) and 204 Parish WASH Coordinators (PWCs) through training, Parish level review/dialogue meetings, and inter-parish/subcounty learning events.

Output 2:

2.1 Strengthen the Hand Pump Mechanics Associations (HPMAs) – support regular meetings, business plans, learning visits, equipment (e.g. replacement of hand pump installation tools)

2.2 Training and equipment of Hand Pump Mechanics or other Area Service Providers (140 people total) handpump installation and maintenance.

2.3 Strengthen Subcounty Water Supply and Sanitation Boards in their role of monitoring and oversight – borehole maintenance logs, relation with Hand Pump Mechanic Association etc. through support with monitoring kits,coaching and mentorship.

Output 3:

3.1 Technical assessment of existing boreholes with relevant teams to guide maintenance schedule.

3.2 Updating and integration of technical assessment information.

3.3 Facilitating a transparent agreement within he District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee on selection of water points to be rehabilitated.

Output 4:

4.1 District sanitation market (supply chain) mapping and analysis.

4.2 Sensitization of women and youth in the private sector about sanitation businesses.

4.3 Sensitization on sanitation market analysis with hardware dealers, entrepreneurs and masons, and identification of sanitation market improvements.

Output 5:

5.1 Agree with on priority behaviors based on baseline data and district information

5.2 Stocktaking and reflection on the sustainability of previous efforts in the district to influence sanitation and hygiene behaviors.

5.3 Develop and sensitize on district sanitation and hygiene strategies.

Output 6:

6.1 Attend/participate in relevant sector working group meetings

6.2 Participation in District Water and Sanitation Coordination Meetings



SNV Uganda implemented previous projects such as Improving Water Supply Sustainability (IWAS) 2014-2021. These projects improved the functionality and sustainability of rural water sources in Apac, Lira, Alebtong and Dokolo districts in Northern Uganda. The interventions strengthened O&M systems for rural water sources at district, sub-county and community level and improved the functionality of existing boreholes through community and private sector coordination. The projects introduced several sustainable institutional arrangements to realize these results and provided a proof of concept for the model, including establishing and strengthening the operational and technical capabilities of Sub-county Water Supply and Sanitation Boards and Water Source Committees. It piloted a systemic preventive maintenance model that included support, training and development to Hand Pump Mechanics Associations. These efforts resulted in targeted households regularly accessing and utilizing improved, functioning rural water services. The intervention will build on the experiences of the previous activities and further strengthen O&M systems for rural water sources in the districts.

project number 2744-00/2022
source of funding OEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
tied 0
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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