The LCIII Chairman (L) and Health Assistant (R) roofing a latrine of a community member in Karongo Village, Ombavu Parish, Tara Sub County

The LCIII Chairman (L) and Health Assistant (R) roofing a latrine of a community member in Karongo Village, Ombavu Parish, Tara Sub County

For a long time Government – NGO relationships in most parts of Uganda were perceived with a lot of scepticism. This was based on the assumptions of lack of transparency among others leading to suspicion and a high level of mistrust.

This however is becoming a tale of history given the new trend of improved relations among the two key stakeholders in the development agenda. This change resulted from a number of strategies and initiatives including dialogues, introduction of the NGO QuAM (Quality Assurance Mechanism) certification undertaken to strengthen the partnership between Government and NGOs at different levels.

Right from the inception to implementation of Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) project in Tara Sub County, Maracha District of Uganda, RICE-WN has enjoyed a warm working relationship especially with the Sub county which is characterised by examplery leadership.  This project has seen both the technical staff and political wing of the sub county partcipate in the community engagements at village level ranging from demand creation, monitoring and follow up activities to verification. The objective of this engagement is to ensure that all households in the sub county have the basic sanitary facilities that include; an acceptable latrine, bath shelter, rubbish pit, drying rack, kitchen, animal house and a hand washing facility. This should further lead to the whole sub county becoming Open Defecation Free.

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