African governments acknowledging the Hidden Crisis

re-posted from UPGro Hidden Crisis

Speed read:

  • Survey results of rural water points in Uganda, Ethiopia and Malawi presented to government ministry chiefs
  • ‘Functionality’ of a water point is more than a binary is water flow at the time of inspection? YES/NO
  • Government partners see the value in how the research can improve monitoring and evaluation of rural water supplies.

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.

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.

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.

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Photos: Helen Bonsor, BGS

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