November 16, 2021

Awarded: R WASH Programme – Capacity Building and Support for Water Utility Companies in Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan

Assignment Location: Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda and Kenya
Client: UNICEF R-WASH Kenya
Origin of Funding: KfW
Beneficiary: Water utility in Kabasa and Qansaxley (Somalia); Kabribeya, Sheder and Aw-Barre (Ethiopia); Rwamwanja (Uganda) and Kasalla (Sudan)

Picture Source: iStock/sadikgulec

We are thrilled to share the news that HYDROPHIL, along with our Joint Venture Partner, Sachsen Wasser GmbH (Germany), have been recently awarded a UNICEF “R WASH Programme – Capacity Building and Support for Water Utility Companies in Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan” project.

Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are often located in the most marginalised locations, facing multiple economic, social, and geographic induced challenges and limited access to natural resources, markets, and infrastructure. In most cases, the water supply for the host community and the refugees/IDPs is not adequate or reliable. The water supply issues stem from underdeveloped sources, run-down infrastructure, under-equipped utility companies, inadequately trained staff, and high operational costs due to expensive and unreliable power supply.

Currently, water and sanitation facilities for the communities are not well established. Due to this challenge, through KFW funding, UNICEF is implementing an “R WASH Programme” to build and strengthen the existing Water Utility Companies’ capacity to improve the reliability of the supply of water for the host communities and the refugee camps. Some of the most affected countries are Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Uganda.

At HYDROPHIL, we are thrilled to contribute to the R WASH Programme. The initial component of this consultancy will focus on assessing the utilities´ current state and ability to undertake its responsibility and mandates, which will include institutional and governance structure, as well as all the technical and commercial processes and systems related to the operation & maintenance of the assets, owned but the utility. Other consultancy components will focus on strategic capacity development, operation capacity development, and utility shadowing to achieve sustainable capacity building results.

Look out for further updates to come on our website!