Lubaga Sanitation Unit Jinja

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The sanitation unit is comprised of a community hall, six toilet stances, two shower rooms, urinals and a water point. It serves the community and the market. The unit was constructed in response to the poor sanitation conditions that existed in the market.

Location: Rubaga, Kampala, Uganda

Deliverables:

The initial plan was achieved; the Federation constructed a sanitation unit with six toilet stances, two showers, urinals and a water harvesting system. The community was able to leverage funds from the Council through the Transforming the Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU) programme for construction of a large drainage project in the market and have since been awarded contracts to construct many more public toilets in the municipality as part of Community Upgrading Fund (CUF).

Community capacity:

The community dedicated their time and labour to the construction of the unit. They engaged in community procurement processes for the materials they needed and they organized themselves into a Project Management Committee that handled negotiations with the Municipality. The community was able to organize meetings with the Municipality to negotiate for land, at no cost, for public service facilities.

Scale:

The project has proven its potential to go to scale. Whilst the community hall element is not always feasible where space/funds are limited, the community design and management process is very efficient. Funds leveraged from the TSUPU program enabled the Federation to build single-storey units in settlements like Masese, Ambercourt, Walukuba and Mpumudde.

Impact:

The Jinja Municipal Council provided land for the sanitation building demonstrating a concrete commitment to the initiatives of organized communities of the urban poor. This informed and catalyzed negotiation for land by the Federations in other municipalities. It also contributed to the mobilization of more groups into the Federation. Following the success of the project, focused enumerations have been conducted in Rubaga Market where the Federation hopes to carry out market redevelopment. The community hall serves as a vital resource center and meeting place for the Federation, which has contributed to the rise of the Jinja Federation as one of the strongest community movements in Uganda.

 

The project attracted Kampala Capital City officials since the project was in line with KCCA’s sanitation campaign in the city and encouraged the capital city authority to initiate similar projects in Kampala. The Federation sanitation management approach – honed in on this project in Jinja - has been appreciated and other toilets have been handed over to the Federation. This yielded a platform that enabled the Federation to successfully negotiate for them to take charge of all the TSUPU projects.

Finance:

SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$8,800.

Other Contributions:

US$10,000.

Resources Leveraged:

The Federation was able to leverage the land it obtained from the State.

State Subsidy:

The State subsidy was in hte form of land. 

Market Generated Returns:

 Revenue is generated in the form of toilet, water and community hall fees.

Costs recovered from community:

To date 3,305,000shs have been recovered from the community. 

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Project information updated: 27 October 2015

Project in depth

Detailed Information

Rubaga market in Jinja – Mpumudde settlement initially had one toilet that was totally dilapidated and overflowing because it had not been emptied for such a long time. It was posing a health risk to the residents. The Jinja Federation approached the Jinja Municipal authorities with an aim of correcting the situation; they were permitted to break down the toilet in order to build another in the area. The sanitation unit serves the vendors of the Rubaga Market and the families who reside in and nearby the market.

Deliverables:

The initial plan was to construct six stances with two shower rooms, urinals, a community hall and a water point.

Community capacity:

It was intended that the community would contribute unskilled labour for the construction of the sanitation, community procurement would be used; the community would also be involved in negotiation with the Municipality.

Scale:

The intention was to scale the sanitation unit to other settlements in Jinja and in other areas like Mbale and Mbarara. 

Impact:

To put up a better sanitation that would replace the overflowing one in the market and make the municipality recognise that the community can come together and implement solutions that fill the massive service delivery gaps experienced in the city.

Finance:

SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$8,800.

Other Contributions:

US$10,000.

Resources Leveraged:

Land was leveraged from the State. 

State Subsidy:

The State subsidy was in the form of land. 

Market Generated Returns:

Returns are gained through water, toilet and community hall hire fees.

Costs recovered from community:

To date 3,305,000shs has been recovered from the community.

Cities Alliance. (2012). Jinja Site Visits - Transforming the Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda (TSUPU). [Online]. Available: http://www.ppiaf.org/sites/ppiaf.org/files/documents/5-June-2SiteVisits-Background-CitiesAllianceFINAL.pdf.
 
Cities Alliance. (2012b). Fostering a Culture of Dialogue on Urban Development in Uganda. [Online]. Available: http://www.citiesalliance.org/tsupu-cameetings-2012.
 
Dobson, S. & Mugisa, F. (2011). Starting with Sanitation: New Approaches to Slum Upgrading in Uganda. [Online]. Available: http://sdinet.org/2011/09/starting-with-sanitation-new-approaches-to-slum-upgrading-in-uganda.
 
Nyamweru, H. (2012). Rubaga Sanitation Unit - Jinja. [Online]. Available: http://actogetherug.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=152%3Arubaga-sanitation-unit-jinja&Itemid=176.

Funding Information

Raised:

$8,600.00

Implementing Partners

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


AcTogether Uganda


National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda (NSDFU)