February 2021

Working together for safe water in Uganda: the journey so far

This country brief – compiled by IRC – shares the highlights and lessons learned from collective action in Kabarole, Kamwenge and Bunyangabu districts in Uganda. The Safe Water Strategy partnership – made possible with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation – works to ensure access to safe water services for everyone, for good.

The challenge and context in Uganda …

When the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, Uganda held the UN Presidency.

The Government of Uganda is committed to the delivery of universal access to safe water for the entire population. National Development Goal III, defines approaches and targets to address gaps in the Water, Sanitation and Environment. According to the Water and Environment Sector Performance Report 2019/20, 69% of rural residents and 79% of urban residents have access to improved water sources. Against this, under JMP definitions 49% of the entire population had access to at least basic services in 2017. The difference is largely explained by the requirement of a source being within a 30 minute round trip to count as basic.

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