31 Mar, 2017 in
Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET) convened a SWA-CSO country level meeting to review country’s progress on SWA commitments, contribute to the development of the country presentation to be made by Ministers at the 2017 SWA High-level Meetings (HLMs) and to share lessons learnt.
Some of the highlights from the meeting included sharing the achievements so far on the SWA journey in Uganda and these included:
- Uganda was one of the six countries worldwide to successfully pilot the SDG6 Global Indicators and Methodologies supported by UNDP, UNICEF, UN Water, UN HABITAT, FAO, UNESCO and WHO.
- Successful advocacy campaign spearheaded by civil society for government to recognize and integrate the SDGs in the National Development Plan. Currently, the Ministry of Water and Environment is reviewing its five-year Sector Strategic Plan / Investment Plan (SSIP) and it is being guided / informed by the targets and aspirations of the SDGs in particular SDG6.
- UWASNET is currently spearheading a national campaign to prioritize WASH in the national budget and increase sector funding for WASH through engagement of Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED) and the Natural Resources Committee of Parliament which approves budget allocation.
Members also highlighted areas to further advance SWA engagements at country level. These include:
- There is need to reconcile SWA engagements / engagements planning to the country National Budget Planning cycle in times of planning
- There is need to develop a country level monitoring system to monitor the country commitments
- Participation needs to be re-designed to include Uganda Parliamentary Committees namely; the Natural Resources Committee, the Budget Committee, Permanent Secretaries
- The Entry point into countries needs to be re-focused to government-led as lead agency with clear MOUs on what must be delivered in every country and have government focal persons to coordinate (through Ministries).