Wednesday, 28 May 2014


In its successful advocacy for the provision and access to clean safe water and good sanitation in Katakwi district, Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI) used Community advocacy structures as key avenues to reach out, empower and or engage the community. Community advocacy structures are community forums set within target communities. They are composed of community residents who understand the environment they live and operate in better. This is a big advantage because members easily identify likely and unlikely allies at the sub-county and district levels. Through set advocacy structures, it is easy to identify who is likely to support advocacy prioritized issues and which decision maker requires more time to be influenced positively. The advocacy structures provide collective participation of members to move and maximize their energies in the right direction.

In Ngariam Sub County, community advocacy structures provided the community with a platform for discussion, presentation and alternative sharing. The community found this mechanism handy because it easily brought them together for a common cause- sanitation and hygiene.
Through these advocacy set structures, communities learnt about their rights and responsibilities to access to clean safe water and good sanitation, how to demand for accountability and improved services from their leaders, for example; in Okuwe village, Kaikamosing parish, the community tasked TEDDO one of the WASH service providers in the district to address the severe water crisis in their area. In response to their request, a bore hole was drilled.  And today a total of 470 people now have access to safe and clean water at this water point.

Through this initiative, Ngariam whose sanitation situation was very deplorable now boasts of improved hygiene and sanitation standard.  Several facilities have been erected/renovated since CIDI’s intervention.
Overview of the Hygiene and Sanitation Situation of Okuwe Village, Ngariam Sub County
Total population
No. HHs
No of pit latrines
Bath shelters, drying racks& refuse pits
Village hygiene &sanitation percentage
No of functional boreholes

“We are grateful for the support that has brought this change in our village, the place is now comfortable to live in”, remarked some of the women in Okuwe village.
According to Katakwi district health Assistant’s report of December 2013, Ngariam sub –county has a total of 29 villages and has registered an improvement in WASH coverage. (Sanitation coverage is at 80%, water coverage is at 60%).
Precisely community advocacy structures have helped the community to hold discussions that enable them to jointly address prioritized issues in a responsible manner, and, this in several ways mounts pressure on duty bearers to move into action. The advocacy structures have further allowed for collective participation of members to move and maximize their energies in the right direction and realize results.
CIDI has been able to cause this positive change through it’s Independent Development Fund (IDF) funded project titled “Promoting citizens recognition on right to safe water and good sanitation in Katakwi District”