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.