UniWASH Project started in 2014, and the first three-year phase has come to an end in 2016. Phase II has started in 2017.

The overall goal of the UniWASH Project is to develop new solutions to everyday water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related problems to improve the wellbeing and health of school children in Uganda.

WASH problems have remained the same for the past 30 years. To change this, UNICEF wants to approach WASH challenges in a different manner: using students’ out of the box-thinking, the technical expertise of Academia and the business knowledge of private sector partners in order to create sustainable solutions. 

UniWASH Project is based on initial collaboration between Aalto University and UNICEF Uganda that started in 2011. The collaboration focused on Finnish students’ engagement to solve persistent development problems in rural Ugandan schools. To make the collaboration more sustainable and strategic, UNICEF brought in additional local partner Makerere University and anthropology students from Helsinki University to deepen the understanding of the multifaceted problems faced by school children in rural Uganda.

See also UniWASH project timeline