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Evaluation of Water, Sanitation and Environment Programmes in Uganda (1990-2017)

February 2019


Danida has played a major role in developing the water, sanitation and environment sub-sectors in Uganda. A bilateral rural water and sanitation (RUWASA) project designed to increase the supply of clean water and improve sanitation in rural communities within one particularly poor region of Uganda (Eastern Region) was undertaken in the 1990s and constituted Danida’s first large investment. At the end of the 1990s a transition was initiated from projects towards a sector wide approach (SWAp) with a broader national geographical coverage and a shift from physical implementation to policy level support. From 2008 a Joint Water and Environment Sector Support Programme (JWESSP), with bilateral and multilateral partners was carried out, thereby introducing an explicit focus on environmental management including climate change.

The overall objectives of the evaluation were to document results and achievements as well as to analyse the value added from support to the sub-sectors with a view to extracting lessons learned. The evaluation was undertaken between January and September 2018 through a combination of desk studies, key informant interviews and fieldwork in Uganda.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Executive Summary

1 Introduction

2 Brief Approach and Methodology Outline

3 Ugandan Development Context

4 Danish-Ugandan Water, Sanitation and Environment Programme Development 1990-2017

5 Sub-Sector Specific Key Findings

6 Sector-level Key Findings

7 Conclusions, Lessons Learned and Recommendations

The following annexes to the Evaluation Report can be downloaded as separate PDF files from evaluation.um.dk.

Annex 1: Terms of Reference

Annex 2: List of documents reviewed

Annex 3: People consulted/interviewed

Annex 4: Major approaches in Danish assistance to Water, Sanitation and Environment 1989-2018

Annex 5: Sector programme overview

Annex 6: Key strategies and policies for the WSE sector support

Annex 7: Golden Indicators MWE Annual Performance Reports

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