Water and sanitation civil society organizations (WASH CSOs)
in Uganda are expressing concerns about the government's inadequate financing
of the sector. Despite the favorable environment created by the government to
supplement various social services, including water and sanitation, there
remains a lack of sufficient funding from the government to ensure that
citizens have access to clean, safe water and live in hygienic conditions.
Musaazi, the Executive Director of Uganda Water and Sanitation Network-WASNET,
emphasized the need for increased government budget allocation to the water,
sanitation, and environment sectors. She mentioned that the 13th annual WASH
CSO forum is being organized next month, highlighting the urgency of government
commitment to funding these critical sectors.
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also stressed the importance of addressing the impact of climate change, which
is affecting Uganda significantly. She called for collaboration among
stakeholders, including the private sector, to mitigate the effects of climate
change, as it impacts not only the environment but also private companies
reliant on water resources for their production.
Musaazi emphasized the need for Uganda to take ownership and establish a
national framework for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by
reviewing the progress made in implementing these goals. While the government
has developed various strategies to meet the SDGs by 2030, Musaazi noted that
Uganda is currently on track for only two goals—SDG 12 and 13—while falling
behind on the rest of the SDGs, including SDG 6, which aims to ensure access to
clean water and sanitation for all.
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Kabarungi Wabyona from IRC, an international water and sanitation center,
highlighted the short-term results of several water, sanitation, and hygiene
projects implemented by both the government and CSOs. She noted that factors
like water resource management and climate change have been overlooked, leading
to over a third of Ugandans lacking access to safe water and proper hygiene,
according to the Ministry of Water and Environment's statistics.
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Mushabe from the Water for People organization emphasized the need for
prioritizing sanitation, as the cost of treating diseases caused by poor
sanitation is considerably higher. She pointed out that many people in informal
settlements have inadequate toilet services, posing health risks to the
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upcoming 13th CSO Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene forum, scheduled to take place
at Hotel Africana next month, will focus on the theme of reviewing progress
toward achieving SDG 6 targets.