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From left to right: Water Programme Manager, ICLEI-AS; His Worship, the Mayor of Jinja Municipal Council and; the Senior Assistant Town Clerk, Entebbe Municipal Council

National Peer Review Water Workshops in Uganda and Zambia

25-07-07
Two local governments in Uganda (Entebbe and Jinja) and six in Zambia (Lusaka, Chibombo, Chililabombwe and Chongwe) held their National Peer Exchange and Review Workshops for the ICLEI Water Programme from 20-21 and 27-28, June 2007, respectively. The National Peer Exchange and Review Workshops were held within the project ‘Capacity Building for Integrated Governance in the Management of Water and Sanitation in Uganda and Zambia’, which is managed by ICLEI and supported by the Dutch Government (see ICLEI Africa News June 2006). The purpose of the workshops were for the elected leaders (Councillors); Council Officials from the different departments of the above-mentioned local governments participating in the project in each country; and the representatives of the key stakeholder institutions within the respective local governments to meet and share best practices from their local governments areas, thus exchanging, reviewing and  learning from one another on how to best govern and manage water and sanitation issues in their local governments areas. The Local Governments also took advantage of the workshops to draft their priority areas and Local Water and Sanitation Agendas, thus rolling out the processes of achieving Milestones 2 and 3 of the above-mentioned Project. There were 27 and 48 participants at the workshops in Uganda and Zambia, respectively. The workshop in Uganda was honoured by the presence and participation of his Worship the Mayor of Jinja Municipal Council, Councilor Mohammed Baswari Kezaala. On the other hand, the workshop in Zambia was honoured by the presence and participation of their worships:- the Council Chairman of  Chongwe District Council, Councilor Charles Kabinga Mumena; the Deputy Council Chairlady of Chongwe District Council, Councilor Joyce Sakala; and the Deputy Council  Chairman of Chibombo District Council, Councilor Augustine Mwamainda. The participation at the workshop saw some increase with regard to:
  • participation of both women and;
  • policy and decision makers.
Representation of women in Uganda was 37 % while it was 20% in Zambia, including representation at the highest level by the Council Chairlady of Chongwe District Council. There was around 50% representation by policy and decision makers (Councillors) in both countries thus striking the necessary balance between policy and decision makers and; technocrats. Exchange of best practices was also across the two countries participating in the Project (Uganda and Zambia). The Director of Engineering Services of the Lusaka City Council attended and presented a case on Community Participation in water supply and management in the peri-urban areas(Water Trust Models) of the Lusaka City  to the participants of the Uganda National Workshop. On the other hand, the Principal Health Inspector of the Jinja Municipal Council also attended the Zambia National Workshop and presented a case on the development of the Jinja Local Agenda 21 and implementation of projects that emanated from the Local Agenda 21 Development process mainly on sustainable development including projects on best practices in water supply, management, sanitation, stakeholder involvement and poverty eradicati

Participants during Zambia National Workshop

Below is a list of Cases that were shared by and among the Local Governments:- 1           Community and household surveys on water consumption, conservation and quality in Jinja, Chongwe, Lusaka, Chibombo and Chililabombwe which were done by the Local Governments as part of the milestone 1 of the Capacity Building Project managed by ICLEI as mentioned above 2           Development of Jinja Local Agenda 21 through a programme that was called a Model Communities Program (MCP) through which communities in Jinja identified certain sustainable development and environmental issues of priority for them. The programme was implemented from 1995 to 1997. The programme also involved action planning and implementation of some demonstration projects under the prioritised areas and was managed by ICLEI. 3           Initiatives, projects and plans to increase water access and conservation, and sewage treatment and water quality protection by the Jinja National Water and Sewerage Corporation 4           Degradation and loss of wetlands(water sources) due to human activities in Entebbe 5           The Entebbe water supply and sanitation project which was aimed at increasing water supply and sanitation services in Entebbe which was implemented by the Entebbe National Water and Sewerage Corporation 6            A Prioritised Capital Investment Programme to increase levels of water and sanitation services to existing customers and expansion into un-served areas of the Lusaka City, particularly the poor by the Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company thus improving water and sanitation management 7           Community based water utility in the Chipata Compound in the peri-urban areas of the Lusaka City to provide efficient and sustainable water supply, sanitation and hygiene services to the Community taking into consideration the plight of the poor (Chipata Compound Water Trust Scheme) 8           The Central Province Rural Water Supply and Sanitation project through the District Water and Sanitation Health Education (DWASHE) which was implemented in Chibombo with the following five main components;- water development, Sanitation support, catchment protection, community mobilisation and malaria prevention and control 9           Community initiated waste management program (CIWMP) in Chililabombwe focusing on the various community waste management initiatives that local residents in collaboration with the local authorities have put in place to try and address a number of waste management problems facing the district 10       Water conservation case that was implemented by the Nkana Water & Sewerage Company in the former copper mining  areas of Chililabombwe. The initiative involved detection and repair of leaks and massive sensitisation of the community on the need to conserve water. The sensitisations involved production of campaign material, community meetings and school quiz for pupils 11       Reduction of an un-accounted for water (UFW)  in the areas which were formerly served by the Chililabombwe Minicipal Council with water and sanitation services. The objective of this initiative was achieved through customer sensitisation with community participation; water metering units; and construction of water kiosks in peri-urban areas to replace direct connections/stand pipes. For further information please contact ICLEI-AS Water Programme Manager Rapule Pule (rapule.pule@iclei.org).
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