Uganda Rainwater Association (URWA)

Plot 1109 Mubiru RD, Nsambya.
P.O. Box 5315, Kampala
Tel: +256 414 697139

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History & Background

Uganda Rainwater Association (URWA) is a national membership non-governmental organization (NGO) that was formed in 1999. It was formed after a water officers’ conference. Rainwater harvesting was a key subject of discussion and when they came back to Uganda, they start and made a resolution to start a membership Association for promotion of rainwater harvesting to improve livelihoods. Over the last several decades we expanded our work throughout Uganda. We contribute to efforts directed towards addressing poverty by focusing on community needs such as water, sanitation, food security and income generation.

We began the 21st century by strengthening our advocacy efforts, particularly on issues related to integrated rainwater harvesting. We became more active in working with governments, private sector and other organizations in addressing WASH related issues.

Today, URWA supports communities to improve their socio-economic situation through mobilization, information, skills and experience sharing. The major focus of community support has been rainwater harvesting for domestic water supply, but has now extended to rainwater harvesting for production and environment conservation. The organization works closely with Directorate of water Development (DWD) for policy guidance and direction.

URWA is a member of the Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SEARNET), and Great Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership (GHARP) regional coordination bodies, which seeks to strengthen coordination and information sharing among national associations in their efforts to promote rain water harvesting for increased Security, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods in the region.

URWA develops/documents innovative Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) technologies and Approaches that are shared nationally and internationally with its country and Regional partners, consisting of individuals, organizations and institutions. URWA maintains her networks with a number of organizations in the eastern and southern Africa engaged in development and promotion of RWH practices where wealth of experiences, lessons, and skills are accessed through these networks that facilitate rapid mainstreaming and uptake of RWH for the various sectors.

Administration

Administration

Organisational Structure

The URWA’s organizational structure shown below reflects the framework around which Association is organized. The structure shows the hierarchy of decision making and reporting lines. Below are the key highlights of URWA’s governance structure:

General Assembly: Is the supreme policy making body of the Association. It comprises the membership of the Association i.e. the individuals and organizations that subscribe to the Association.  Currently URWA has a total membership of 36 NGOs and 53 Individuals. The General Assembly is held once in a year.

Executive Committee: Is responsible for policy and oversight of Secretariat. The committee is elected by the General Assembly and serves for a period of three years.

Secretariat: Is the implementing organ of the Association. It is responsible for the day to day activities of the Association. The current Secretariat establishment comprises Liaison Officer who is the head; Finance and Administration Officer, Program Support and Communication Officer, Administration Assistant and Volunteers.

URWA Current Organisation Structure

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Board Of Directors

Board of directors  

Name

Position Held 

Organization

Phone Number

Email

Rev. Can. Reuben Byomuhangi

Chairman

Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme (KDWSP)

0772-524139/

0751-000405

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Isaac Natukunda

Vice Chairman

Notational Medical stores – Entebbe

0772-456249/

 0702-929380

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Gladys Nagawa

Treasurer

Care international

0782-296054/

0703-957017

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Phillip Obaate

General Secretary 

District water officer Amuria

0771-868675/

0779-246965

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Rehema Bavuma

Member

Katosi Women Development Trust

0782-051467

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Gilbert Kimanzi

Technical  adviser

Ministry of water and Environment

0772-500602

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Dorothy Baziwe

Member

Shelter & settlements alternatives

0772-513435/

0715-187472

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Kabasinguzi Pamella

Member

HEWASA

0701594083

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Albert Oleja

Member

District water officer Katakwi

0701818444

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Tom Epeet

Member

District water officerBushanyi

0772565749

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Tom Opio- Oming

Member

Relief International

0772482748

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