USAID and GIZ Cooperate in Northern Uganda Water and Sanitation Project

KAMPALA- U.S. Mission Uganda today announced the signing of a cooperation agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to design and implement town sanitation plans in four Northern Uganda towns: Oyan, Kamdini, Aduku and Apac. USAID has committed $2 million to the project over a two-year period, while the German Development Cooperation, implemented by GIZ, has agreed to match that contribution.

According to WHO/UNICEF estimates, only 34% of urban populations in Uganda have access to proper sanitation facilities. This lack of access to improved sanitation and hygiene hinders the country’s health, education, economic and social development sectors, as well as environmental protection.

The focus of the USAID/GIZ project is to make tangible improvements to sanitation service delivery in the four participating towns.  The two complementary projects will build the capacity of local government officials to plan, design, and implement sustainable sanitation systems. Capacity development measures will include local and national training workshops, tailor-made coaching, peer-to-peer learning exchanges, and national exposure visits. The agreement will potentially set country-wide standards for a planning approach to sanitation in rapidly growing small towns and will allow for faster replication in the future. The USAID/GIZ agreement leverages targeted resources for a coordinated response to sanitation needs.

For additional information, please contact:

Dorothy Nanyonga

Information Assistant

U.S. Mission Uganda

Tel: +256-414-250-314×6104

Cell +0772138194