Enhancing Knowledge of Ecosan use for Dutch WASH Northern Region partners
From 15th to 19th October 2012, NETWAS organized a learning journey for 15 Local Government from Agago, Lamwo, Pader, and Kitgum which were supported by AMREF in Uganda to learn how the ECOSAN system has successfully been established and utilized in Rwenzori Region.
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NETWAS participates in a training on linking IWRM and WASH

posted Jul 28, 2017, 1:07 AM by Netwas Uganda

UWASNET with support from IRC and Wetlands international through the WaterShed programme organised a three day training on linking IWRM and WASH. The training which took place at Eureka Place in Ntinda started on 25th and ended  27th July 2017. The training attracted participation from the UWASNET IWRM working group, IWRM implimenting partners and the Ministry of Water and Environment represented by DWRM. The training introduced UWASNET members to concepts in IWRM, addressing governance issues in IWRM and ongoing projects utilizing IWRM concepts like WaterShed. The training also supported members develop the Terms of Reference for the IWRM working group of UWASNET.

Telling our story- Lessons from Uganda WASH Alliance

posted Feb 27, 2017, 4:50 AM by Netwas Uganda   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 4:57 AM ]

In December 2016, Uganda WASH Alliance partners convened to share field lessons and stories while implemented the bridge fund under Dutch WASH Alliance. The partners comprising of Joint Effort to Save the Environment (JESE), Health through Water and Sanitation(HEWASA), National Women 's Action for Development(NAWAD), Uganda Small Scale Entrepreneurs Association (USSIA), Agency for Sustainable Rural Transformation (AFSRT), Africa Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), Uganda WASH NGO Network (UWASNET) and NETWAS Uganda who organised the writeshop. The stories shared were compiled into a publication titled " Telling our Story-Field Stories from Uganda WASH Alliance". Read more

National Learning Forum: WASH Based Climate Adaptation Strategies in Uganda- Report

posted Dec 13, 2016, 3:49 AM by Netwas Uganda   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 12:29 AM ]

The forum was attended by various stakeholders from government, CSOs, private sector and the donor community. Proceedings from the forum are shared in the  Report

Celebrating 20years of WASH service delivery

posted Sep 14, 2016, 1:30 AM by Netwas Uganda   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 1:40 AM ]

Northern Region Learning Forum to be organised in October 2016

posted Sep 13, 2016, 10:28 PM by Netwas Uganda

The 2016 Northern Region learning forum will take place between the 11th to 13th of October 2016. The forum themed Water Supply and Sustainability;addressing quantity, quality and reliability of water supply in Northern Uganda will attract participation from the Acholi, Lango, West Nile and National Partners. The Northern Region Learning forum is made possible with support from the district local governments of Northern Uganda, Ministry of Water through the Technical Support Unit, NETWAS, SIMAVI, SNV, ATRST and Uganda WASH Alliance.

Africa Water Week Ends with Renewed Optimism for WASH

posted Jul 27, 2016, 4:20 AM by Netwas Uganda

The 6th Africa Water Week has ended in the Dar es Salaam, capital of the United Republic of Tanzania. The Conference was the first under the new Global Sustainable Development Goals under the theme: “Achieving the SDGs on Water Security and Sanitation". The 5-day Event from July 18-22 2016 was held under the auspices of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW). It was driven by the recognition of the importance of achieving Global Goal six in Africa, as well as other interlinking goals connected with water resources management and improved delivery of sanitation services. A Roadmap was adopted aimed at achieving sustainable and universal access to safe water and sanitation across Africa.
It was adopted by about 30 African Water Ministers and other high level delegations from 53 African countries. The “Dar es Salaam Roadmap for achieving the N’gor Commitments on Water Security and Sanitation in Africa” was read and adopted at the final Day of the 10th AMCOW General Assembly and the 6th Africa Water Week in Tanzania. The Roadmap among other things, seeks to address the underlying causes of inequality in access to water and sanitation. It also seeks to ensure economic benefits for the poorest and most marginalized.

It is hoped that the Roadmap will ensure concrete measures are taken to strengthen institutions and remove bureaucratic bottlenecks especially at the local levels.
The Conference also looked at Africa’s water resources including provision of drinking water, improved sanitation, hygiene and effective and efficient management of wastewater.
It also looked at Africa’s trans-boundary water resources, and strengthening of the continent‘s capacity to respond to climate change as well.
The 6th Africa Water Week also witnessed a new Leadership of Gerson Lwenge, Minister of Water and Irrigation of Tanzania taking over as AMCOW‘s President. He replaces his Senegalese counterpart, Amadou Mansour Faye who served from 2014 to 2016.
Dr. Canisius Kanangire of Rwanda also took over as the new AMCOW’s Executive Secretary, succeeding Mr. Bai Mass Taal, from Senegal who leaves AMCOW after eight years of service.The new President expressed delight at AMCOW‘s rotational mechanism, which led to his emergence, and he urged his colleagues to roll up their sleeves for the onerous but achievable task of ensuring the realization of the SDG-6 in Africa.
To serve alongside the new AMCOW’s President are Water Resources Ministers from Central African Republic, South Sudan, Egypt, Swaziland and Liberia who were elected AMCOW’s Vice Presidents.
Meanwhile, the 6th Africa Water Week ended with participants witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between WaterAid and the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW). WaterAid Regional Advocacy Manager, Apollos Nwafor told the WASH Media Network of Liberia following the signing ceremony that the MOU is to ensure stronger support and to influence decisions of AMCOW and by extension the African Union.

He noted that WaterAid wants to continue to amplify the voices of the poorest and excluded in decision making processes, ensuring that they are getting the politics of policy making rights and at the end of the day, everyone…everywhere has access to safe WASH services.
Mr. Nwafor described the 6th Africa Water Week the 10th General Assembly of AMCOW as successful and commended WASH Partners for continuous efforts ensuring that all have access to safe water and improved sanitation & hygiene services by 2030.
Africa Water Week reflected on the continent‘s quest to emphasize the matching of commitments and plans with concrete actions to have impact.
The next Africa Water Week will be held in Gabon, West Coast of Central Africa in 2018.

Community and divisional Learning dialogues contributing to sanitation improvement in Small towns

posted Jun 30, 2016, 1:31 AM by Netwas Uganda   [ updated Jun 30, 2016, 2:12 AM ]

NETWAS Uganda in partnership with URMUDA, ARISE and COWESER are conducting community and  divisional learning forums in small towns under the LV-WATSAN project. The forums are aimed at providing a platform for learning and sharing information on sanitation issues within the  towns and modalities for dealing them to improve the situation. NETWAS and its partners have worked with other develop solid waste and feacal sludge management plans as a result these learnings and are now following up on implementation of these plans.

Learning forum on Financing SDGs on WASH (Nov 20th-2015)

posted Nov 5, 2015, 3:32 AM by Netwas Uganda

The financial cost of achieving SDG6 is quite high. The 2014 Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) survey found that 80% of countries reported that current levels of financing are insufficient to meet targets for drinking water and sanitation. However the benefits of investing in water and sanitation are significant: A budget tracking survey by IRC Uganda,  noted that the proportion of the national budget allocated to the sector declined from 5.6% in 2008 to 2.8% in 2013. While the allocation in absolute terms increased from UGX193 billion (US$64 million) to UGX308 billion (US$103 million), there was increasing concern among sector stakeholders that the increment is not in sync with the population growth estimated at 3% per annum. One of the most affected areas is the recurrent costs of operation and maintenance for rural water supply facilities.

Recognizing the challenges in financing for WASH, NETWAS with support from ICCO are organizing  a learning forum on financing the WASH sustainable development goals focusing on the current and future trends. The learning forum will be take place on 20th Nov 2015 with key discussions on: 

  • Financing of WASH in Uganda 
  • Monitoring of sector financing
  • Partnerships for financing of the SDGs

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Writing our story: Uganda WASH Alliance write shop-19-21 Oct 2015

posted Oct 15, 2015, 12:56 AM by Netwas Uganda

An abundance of innovative ideas and knowledge exist in the Ugandan water and sanitation (WASH) sector. Over the years, the Uganda WASH Alliances partners have come up with very useful innovations which are doing tremendous impact in communities they operate;Due to mostly to a lack of time or confidence in writing skills, these insights are seldom put on paper and shared with a wider audience. To stimulate the distribution of experiences from Uganda WASH Alliance projects, a write shop will be convenedfrom 19th to 21th October 2015 to support partners’ fine tune their experiences into stories.

The objective of workshop is twin in the sense that it will identify successful cases and present them to larger audience as also discuss issues and problems and arrive at strategies to address these with a view to promote replicability.

CLTs Learning Forum:opportunities and challenges -Report

posted May 7, 2015, 6:11 AM by Netwas Uganda   [ updated Jul 20, 2015, 7:56 AM ]

The Network for Water and Sanitation, with support from the Austrian Development Cooperation organized a one day learning event on CLTs with focus on experience sharing on 11th June 2015.

The CLTs working group under the National Sanitation Working Group , led the discussion with the objective of sharing the progress made so far, some success stories, opportunities and challenges in scaling up the implementation of CLTS in Uganda Furthermore, the stakeholders provided information on how it is responding to some of the identified challenges, and to solicit stakeholder inputs for accelerated coverage.

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