Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment at Hidden Crisis Annual Meeting

This year’s annual project meeting of Hidden Crisis was hosted by our Ugandan country team in Kampala (5-8 February 2018).  This workshop marks a turning point in the project as we move from data collection to analysing, interpreting and disseminating the wealth of data generated within Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi.

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There was strong engagement from the three national Governments.  Ministry representatives travelled from Ethiopia and Malawi to take part in the workshop, and for Uganda, a large team attended for one full day, as well as attendees on other days.   This involvement greatly enhanced the projects discussions – particularly about how we frame the data analysis, and how we make the final research results of greatest value and impact to supporting future investment and governance of rural water supply.

In total, there were 10 Ministry officials at the workshop, and 26 project researchers from across the three African countries and UK groups.
Christopher Tumusiime, Assistant Commissioner for Research and Development [Rural Water Supply] with the Ugandan Ministry, gave an opening presentation to the workshop, highlighting the uptake and value of the earlier UPGro Catalyst Grant work (2013-14), and the importance of early engagement with government.

Eng. Aaron Kabirizi, Director of Water Development in Uganda, gave a keynote address – this highlighted ways in which key findings and messages from the Hidden Crisis research can be effectively communicated to senior policy makers within government.

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From L-R: Eng. Aaron Kabiriza (left); Chris Tumusiime (centre).

Other ministry attendees highlighted:

  • the value of the methodologies used within the two survey phases of the Hidden Crisis project, to improving monitoring and evaluation of rural water supply.
  • the need for practical guidelines and recommendations to allow adoption of the methods with existing practices.

Full list of ministry attendees included:

Uganda:  Eng. Aaron Kabirizi, Director of Water Development; Christopher Tumusiime, Assistant Commissioner for Research and Development; Joseph Oriono Eyatu, Commissioner of Rural Water Supply; Anthony Kyalilizo, Principal Water Officer Water Resources Regulation; Olweny Lamu, Principal Engineer Operation and Maintenance; Robert Mutiibwa, Principal Water Officer Groundwater Development; Martin Rwarinda, Principal Water Officer Water Resources Regulation; and Samuel Senfuma, Hydrogeologist.

Ethiopia: Ato Nuredin Mohammed, Director of Water Supply and Sanitation, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy

Malawi: Prince Mleta, Deputy Director of Water Resources for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.


The Hidden Crisis uncovered in Kampala

by Donald John MacAllister, February 2018

The Hidden Crisis team met, in Kampala, Uganda, 5-8 February 2018, for our annual project meeting. The meeting followed the successful completion of Survey 2 in Ethiopia and Uganda, the initiation of the Longitudinal Studies in all three countries, and some initial analysis of the Survey 1 results. The Malawi team are making good progress in Survey 2 and are due to complete the work in March 2018. So there was a huge amount to discuss at our third workshop.

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Team members from each of the project countries attended, with our Australian members dialling in by Skype on the final day. We were also fortunate to have the Director of the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment and many of his senior colleagues attend for a full day of the workshop. The Ministry has been very supportive of the work of the Hidden Crisis following its inception in 2015, and the success of the catalyst grant that ran in Uganda from 2013 – 2014.

The workshop reflected on the excellent progress that has been made in the project this year, discussed the key interdisciplinary research questions and analysis required, and began planning for the final 18 months of the project. The team also took the opportunity of being together to discuss how the key messages and outcomes from the project could be communicated to key stakeholders and different target audiences.