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2nd RRLA forum:

 Theme "PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE FOR IMPROVEMENT IN WASH SERVICE DELIVERY"

Good governance is widely considered 
necessary for achievement of 
sustainable Water and Sanitation 
services (WASH). However, in practice it 
has continued to be difficult to achieve 
since it is not clearly understood what 
good governance means at community
level. On the 28th and 29th February 
2012, WASH stakeholders in the 
Rwenzori region converged at Tooro 
Resort to share experiences on WASH 
governance. This second regional 
learning forum attracted over 60 
participants from seven districts 
and a team of 10 people from the 
northern region Dutch WASH Alliance 
to deliberate on promising field 
experiences that address governance 
issues in water sanitation and hygiene 
service provision. The stakeholders 
were from Dutch WASH Alliance 
Partners (HEWASA, JESE, PROTOS,
AMREF, Caritas Gulu), 
Government ministries, District 
and Sub County staff, local and  
international NGOs, higher institutions 
of learning, and private sector 
organization. 
The “Omuhiigo” 
The term Omuhiigo reffers to a specified 
day every month, on which the community 
and their leaders converge to a water 
source. On the appointed day, the Local 
Council I Chairperson sounds drums at 
7:00am and community members by 
households, assemble at their water 
sources. They come with their tools 
including, but not limited to hoes, pangas, 
pick  , spades, wheel barrows, 
hammers, and brooms. They contribute 
their labour, ideas and materials to do 
the necessary work at the water source. 
Those unable to work manually work may 
contribute money. They also pay their water 
user fees and the committee reports about 
the O&M funds and functionality of the 
water source. Records are kept about the 
work done and handed over to a member of 
Village Health Team (VHT), who delivers it 
to the Sub County Community Development 
Officer 
TRADITIONAL COMMUNAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AS SOLUTIONS TO 
IMPROVED MANAGEMENT OF WATER AND SANITATION SERVICES 
One of the solutions was found in adopting 
the traditional communal management 
system refered to as “Omuhiigo” strategy 
demonstrated by Kabarole District Local 
government. Omuhiigo strategy is an 
example of a culturally appropriate 
community initiative to bring about a 
desired change in a perplexing Operation 
and Maintenance situation in the district. 
It compels leaders, and community 
members to play their expected roles in 
the management of WATSAN facilities. This 
was piloted in the Sub Counties of Ruteete 
and Hakibaale with successful results.  Read more

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