UniWASH is a multi-stakeholder water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project implemented by UNICEF in Uganda. The project aims at improving children’s access to safe water and sanitation by partnering with government, private sector, academia and civil society to test promising WASH solutions for scale-up.
UniWASH phase I was implemented in 2014-16. During the first phase of the project, UNICEF brought together Finnish and Ugandan university students and private sector partners to ideate solutions for WASH problems together with school children and their communities in Acholiland in Northern Uganda.
The aim of the project was twofold: firstly, to address locally identified WASH problems through a human rights-based iterative process where multi-disciplinary student groups work together with children, to come up with working solutions. Secondly, the project sought to engage private sector to create solutions for children by identifying business opportunities in the solutions that the students have created.
As a result, two of the WASH concept ideas that were designed by students, have been carried over to phase II of the project 2017-19. The concepts are Elephant Tap, a hygienic and water-saving handwashing facility, and Human waste-based fertilizer business concept for reuse of faecal sludge. These have been developed further and tested for scalability in partnership with Biolan and Ugandan NGO Water for People.
Students, teachers, and UNICEF staff in Uganda in 2016.