Sustainable Livelihood Project

Between April and August 2016, Chrisbert Consult (u) Ltd was hired by the Uganda Government through the Ministry of Water and Environment [MWE] to facilitate Implementation Support and Sustainable Management of 9 valley tanks under the Sustainable Livelihoods Project for greater Kisozi: Sembabule and Gomba districts

Background

On several occasions, the communities of the greater Kisozi had petitioned the President of Uganda to assist them address challenges in their areas such as; limited availability of water for livestock, domestic use and crop irrigation, poor health facilities, few dilapidated schools, poor road infrastructure, absence of value addition and  poor marketing of agricultural products. In response to peoples’ demands, the President directed his Principal Private Secretary (PPP) to take action and redress the raised demands. It is against this background that MWE came up with a plan to procure equipment for the construction of 9 valley tanks in the nine most affected villages. In addition, Water for Production (WfP) Department authorities went ahead to do site selection and design all the 9 valley tanks. MWE equally hired the services of a company to carry out implementation support [software] activities that have been found to enhance the sustainability of WfP facilities. Chrisbert Consult (U) Ltd was hired mainly to; create awareness about the project in the respective communities through mobilization and sensitization of different stakeholders. Specifically, the firm was mandated to;   

  1. Discuss and resolve land acquisition matters and challenges regarding access routes
  2. Discuss and facilitate the signing of memoranda of understanding [MoUs] between various stakeholders
  3. Establish existing and potential water uses for the created facilities through advocacy meetings with stakeholders
  4. Establish effective water user management structures
  5. Train the water user committees [WUCs] in their roles and responsibilities

As a result of the activities undertaken, we were able to produce the following deliverables

  1. We identified key project stakeholders at the national and local level
  2. We mapped potential uses for the WfP facilities to be excavated
  3. We developed training modules and carried out training in operations and maintenance [O&M] in all the 9 sites.
  4. We mobilized and sensitized community beneficiaries about their roles, responsibilities, rights and obligations.
  5. We oversaw the signing of land agreements between the givers of land and the Local/Central government.
  6. We oversaw discussion of land acquisition including making sure that; there were no encumbrances on the land, there were access pathways to the land and the site selected was suitable for the majority of the local beneficiaries.
  7. We oversaw the drafting of MoUs, their endorsement by Local and Central Government officials as well as their approval by the Solicitor General’s Office.
  8. We sensitized political and technical staff at the Local Government on O&M of WfP facilities and their roles and responsibilities in overseeing the facilities.
  9. We helped establish Water user committees [WUCs] through free and fair elections.
  10. We developed training modules and used them to orient WUC members.
  11. We trained WUCs in Operation and Maintenance of WfP facilities.