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Published on: 03/08/2022

Alice Mukandayambaje is one of the USAID-funded Isoko y’Ubuzima project community mobilizers. In her community, she has built an improved latrine and most importantly, installed a homemade handwashing facility. The location where the photo was taken: Rwamagana District, Rubona Sector, Kabuye Cell, Rutare Village, Rwanda
Alice Mukandayambaje is one of the USAID-funded Isoko y'Ubuzima project community mobilisers. In her community, she has built an improved latrine and installed a homemade handwashing facility. Photo credit: Theophile Harushyamagara, Water For People

Isoko y'Ubuzuma is a 5-year, USAID-funded project implemented from July 2021 through July 2026 by a consortium led by Water For People to improve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services in rural areas of Rwanda.

Strategic objectives

Isoko y'Ubuzima will provide technical and financial support for the Government of Rwanda through three major strategic objectives:

  1. Improve WASH Governance: by strengthening the capacity of government and private sector to sustain water systems for 20 years, even 40 years.
  2. Improve drinking water services: by building the capacity of Private Operators to identify water losses and stop them and contribute to Non-Revenue Water reduction of 25% over the next 5 years.
  3. Improve sanitation and handwashing services and products: to ensure that more Rwandans will have improved water and hygiene, and therefore greater protection against waterborne diseases, improved nutritional status, improved household economy, improved school attendance, etc.

A district wide approach

The project is targeting 10 districts in Rwanda and follows the District Wide Approach that was approved by the Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure and piloted in 5 districts, to ensure sustainable access to clean water for everyone. The District Wide Approach was born out of Water For People's Everyone Forever Model, which seeks to bring sustainable WASH services to every community, school, and clinic in a district.

Isoko yUbuzima Areas of intervention
Map: Isoko y'Ubuzima Areas of intervention

Consortium members

Water For People (lead), IRC, Vitens Evides International (VEI), CARE International, and African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE)

Updates & contact

IRC's contribution to the project

IRC is bringing in its systems strengthening expertise, and will be working with government staff to increase the awareness on the need for a strong national and local WASH systems, bringing in proven tools and approaches, including training via the WASH Systems Academy.

Key experts involved on behalf of IRC:


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