Uganda Triple-S initiative
Triple-S, short for Sustainable Services at Scale, is an initiative to address the growing problem of sustainability of rural water supplies. In Uganda, a consortium of partners is spearheading Triple-S. They include:
- Ministry of Water and Environment
- Network for Water and Sanitation (NETWAS)
- Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET)
- SNV Netherlands Development Organisation Uganda
- IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre
Uganda’s water sector faces growing challenges in terms of sustainability of water supplies. According to the 2010 sector performance report, functionality dropped from 83% in 2008/09 to 81% in 2009/10, despite the founding of a national level thematic working group on functionality. This means that around 1 out of 5 water supply systems in the country is not functioning at any given time.
Setting up an online data system for monitoring
After developing a set of Service Delivery Indicators (SDIs), IRC/Triple-S Initiative in Uganda has set up an online digital system where data collected can be stored and accessed easily.
The story behind functionality figures
New report reveals that, despite relatively high functionality rates depicted in national statistics, only a small percentage of water users in rural Uganda have access to a reliable source.
District Local Governments get clearance to give HPMAs business
When the Ministry of Water and Environment undertook to establish HPMAs, there were concerns about the viability of the associations especially in the face of competition with other service providers who are savvier with procurement procedures. Now the rules have been waived for the HPMAs' benefit.
M4W: Water users are the linchpins
The Mobile Phones for Water (M4W) system was introduced to enhance functionality of rural water facilities through timely reporting and repair of faulty sources. The success of the system starts with the water users who report faults by sending a text message. But users are yet to realise their k...
Minister proposes new way to measure sector performance
WASH sector actors should aim to reach 100% safe water coverage and it is against that target that performance should be measured. The further the sector falls below the 100% mark, the more work there is to be done. Such was the advice of the Ugandan Minister of Water and Environment
Service Delivery Indicators in Uganda
A summarised version of the Service Delivery Indicators being developed to enhance monitoring of rural water service delivery in Uganda
Assessment of the performance of the service delivery model for point sources in Uganda
This report presents findings from a research study assessing the performance of the Water Source Committee as a Service Delivery Model for point water sources in Uganda.
Review of the District Implementation Manual (DIM)
Report summarising key lessons from the stakeholder consultations for the improvement of and development of a more user-friendly District Implementation Manual (DIM).
Monitoring functionality using mobile phone technology
This briefing highlights the key achievements, challenges and emerging issues with regard to the roll out of the M4W system in Lira and Kabarole districts.
Role of hand pump mechanics associations in improving O&M
This short briefing provides an update on the establishment of Hand Pump Mechanics Associations (HPMAs) in 6 districts in Uganda supported by Triple-S/IRC & SNV. Covers key activities & financing options.