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In the ongoing water and environment joint sector review meeting, civil society organisations have made recommendations to improve sector performance

Civil Society Organisation (CSO) under their umbrella organisation Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET) applauded the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) on the numerous achievements in the just-concluded financial year 2016/17. Key among the achievements are:

  • A nominal increment in the budget allocation to the water and environment sector from 592 billion in 2015/16 to 1.098 trillion in 2016/17
  • Increase in access to rural water supply from 67% in 2016 to 70% in 2017 
  • Increase in access to safe urban water supply from 69% to 71%
  • Improvement in sanitation coverage from 79% in 2016 to 80% in rural areas and from 84% to 86% in urban areas
  • Increase in national cumulative storage for water for production from 37.2 million cubic meters in 2016 to 38.9 million cubic meters in 2017
  • Establishment of new water quality and monitoring stations as well as upgrading regional water quality laboratories
  • Development guidelines for water source  protection, wetland restoration and catchment based water resources management
  • Initiating the process of developing a climate change bill
  • Incorporation of good governance indicators in the sector reporting framework

CSOs were particularly concerned that the sector had not been able to accomplish some of the undertakings carried from the previous financial years. They were also concerned that while there was a nominal increment in the financial allocations to the sector, the overall water and environment share of the national budget remained low at 3%. Thus on financing the sector, CSOs called upon renewed commitment from both the government of Uganda and development partners. They also called upon close monitoring and supervision to ensure that all funded interventions are implemented within the financial year as planned.

The full CSO statement on sector performance in 2016/17 can be downloaded below

 

 

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