OSS and the Government of Uganda sign an Agreement for the Implementation of EURECCCA Project in Uganda

On 09 March 2017, the Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory(OSS), Mr. Khatim Kherraz and the Ugandan Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Matia Kassaija signed in Kampala, Uganda and Agreement for the implementation of the project called “Enhancing resilience of communities to climate change through catchment based integrated management of water and related resources in Uganda” (EURECCCA).

The four-year project is funded by the Adaptation Fund (USD 7,751,000) and will be executed by the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment in partnership with Global Water Partnership, Eastern Africa while the OSS will serve as an Implementing Entity. The project is set to start in May this year with the inception workshop

“Uganda is a country that has undergone remarkable development; but Uganda is also still faced with huge but surmountable challenges to ensure sustainable utilization of natural resources amidst a rapidly growing population. Therefore, we welcome this timely support, more so it’s alignment to the country’s development priorities.”, said Hon. Kassaija.

Prior to the signing ceremony, GWP held a meeting with officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment(MWE) and other stakeholders such as OSS and Ministry of Finance. The meeting aimed at clarifying the procedural issues to be followed during the project implementation such as the project management structure, project audit, reporting procedures, monitoring and evaluation, etc. It was agreed that within the next one month and half, the project implementation manual(PIM) should be prepared before holding the project inception workshop and GWP will provide inputs.

There were also tripartite discussions involving GWP, OSS and MWE that sought to clarify the role of GWP during the project implementation. It was agreed that GWPEA will be providing technical support and quality control.

Subsequent to those meetings, GWPEA prepared and submitted to MWE a   document detailing its  expected role, activities, outputs  and related costs .  Once both parties agree on the terms, an MoU will be signed to formalize this collaboration.