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Improving the effectiveness of Ugandan water user committees

Terry, Alan; McLaughlin, Oscar; Kazooba, Francis

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Oscar McLaughlin

Francis Kazooba


© 2015 Taylor & Francis. This article outlines issues affecting the functionality of Ugandan water user committees responsible for managing communal water and sanitation (WASH) services. Research undertaken demonstrated that their effectiveness is compromised by poor understanding of their rights and responsibilities by stakeholders within and outside the committees. Following the research, a handbook was produced that explained the rights and responsibilities in a form that is accessible to all community members. Preliminary feedback from committees that have used the handbook suggests that it has the potential to improve the functionality of the water user committees, thereby helping to improve the local management of WASH services in Uganda.


Terry, A., McLaughlin, O., & Kazooba, F. (2015). Improving the effectiveness of Ugandan water user committees. Development in Practice, 25(5), 715-727.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 2, 2017
Journal Development in Practice
Print ISSN 0961-4524
Electronic ISSN 1364-9213
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 5
Pages 715-727
Keywords rights, social sector, water and sanitation, civil society, participation, Sub-Saharan Africa
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Development in Practice on 02 July 2015, available online:


DIP_WUC_handbook_finaldraft no authors June 24 3.doc (93 Kb)

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