Thematic Working Group Structure

The UWASNET Thematic Working Groups are thematic-based advocacy platforms for UWASNET members to consolidate ideas and positions for advocacy, promote best practices and leverage on the strengths of members to inform WASH policy and practice.

UWASNET currently has six Thematic Working Groups, each with its own mandate and Terms of Reference. Each thematic working group has its own leadership to spearhead the thematic working group engagements. Each UWASNET member organization has to at-least subscribe to no more than 2 thematic working groups.

The six thematic working groups are;

i) Good Governance TWG

The core objective of this TWG is;

  • To provide a platform for dialogue, lobbying and influencing WASH sector issues.
  • To provide wider access, further understanding and participation of CSOs in the formulation of policies and guidelines in the sector
  • To promote stronger support for dialogue on policy in order to build trust and promote change among users, providers and policy makers.

ii) Hygiene and Sanitation TWG

The core objectives of this TWG is to;

  • Ensure meaningful dialogue on sanitation issues through providing a platform for sharing and learning.
  • Raise the profile of hygiene and sanitation
  • Promote best practices & innovations for advocacy & sector up-scaling

iii) IWRM, Environment and Climate Change TWG

The core objective of this TWG is to;

  • Prevention of climate change impacts and undertake adaptation programs through already existing water development initiatives.
  • To increase awareness on environment and climate change & integration of IWRM and WASH.

iv) Urban Water and Sanitation TWG

The core objectives of this TWG is to;

  • Promote WASH best practices applicable to urban settlements
  • Advocate for improved WASH service delivery for the urban poor

v) WASH Technologies TWG

The core objective of the WASH Technologies TWG is

  • to contribute to the development of appropriate and sustainable WASH technologies adapted to different physical, socio-economic and hydro geological conditions prevailing in Uganda.
  • To also encourage applied research & demonstrations. (provide opportunities to NGOs to reflect, experiment & adopt technology to local conditions and the national context
  • To promote affordable WASH technologies that can effectively contribute to the timely attainment of SDG 6

vi) Women, Children and Vulnerable Groups. The core objective of the TWG is to provide a platform for promoting the equitable inclusion and participation of women, children and other vulnerable groups in access to WASH services.


Thematic Working Group Position Organization Representative Email
Good Governance Thematic Working Group Chair WHAVE Solutions Adam Harvey
Elizabeth Buhungiro
Vice-Chair WaterAid Uganda Denis Kayiwa
Secretary Community Integrated Development Initiatives  (CIDI) Rose Mwambazi
IWRM, Environment & Climate Change Thematic Working Group Chair PROTOS –Join For Water Lieven Peeters
George Bwambale
Co-Chair Joint Efforts to Save the Environment (JESE) Godfrey Rugumayo
Jude Twesigye
Secretary Caritas Fort Portal – HEWASA Moses Rujumba ,
Secretary Caritas Fort Portal – HEWASA Pamela Kabasinguzi , 777594083
Secretary Caritas Fort Portal – HEWASA Birungi Steven, 773255455
WASH Technologies Thematic Working Group Chair Water For People Yvonne Lugali
Vice – Chair WHAVE Solutions Adam Harvey
Secretary LADA Elliot Jewel
Vice – Secretary YES – Busia Denis Wangira
Hygiene & Sanitation Thematic Working Group Chair PLAN International Uganda Samuel Kiiza
Vice- Chair SNV Lilian Nabasirye
Secretary World Vision Julius Ahimbisibwe
Women, Children & Other Vulnerable Groups Thematic Working Group Chair Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) Namugga Vaal Benjamin
Vice- Chair National Association of Women in Development (NAWAD) Patience Muramuzi
Secretary Action for Rural Women Empowerment (ARUWE) Agnes Mirembe
Urban Water & Sanitation Thematic Working Group Chair CIDI Rose Mwambazi
Vice-Chair AMREF Okoth Raphael
Secretary African Evangelic Enterprise (AEE) Queenie Adriko