By Goth Mohamed Goth
Somalilandpress-Two day Water Users Associations (WUAs) workshop for Somaliland opened today Sunday the 21st September, 2014 at the Hotel Ambassador, Hargeisa drawing various Water User Association groups from four major towns and other concerned stakeholders from all over the country.
The objective of the two days Water Users Associations (WUAs) Workshop is to introduce the Water Users Concept to the various stakeholders, along with the constitution and structure of the WUAs, and to exchange information between the different Water User Association groups from the four towns covered by the Improving Urban Water Services Delivery project in Somaliland, as well as the Hargeisa Water Users Group, formed under the HUWSUP project.
On the hand UNICEF with a grant from the EU is implementing the Water and Health Infrastructure Programme for Somaliland (WHIPS). The project is aimed at Improving Urban Water Service Delivery in Somaliland targeting Burao, Erigavo, Tug Wajaale and Boroma towns as well as the Hargeisa Water Users Group, formed under the HUWSUP project.
UN-Habitat has been tasked with advocate for and to support the establishment of Water Users Associations in all five towns and also to facilitate participation of water service providers from these towns in Global Water Operators Partnership Association (GWOPA) events and activities. In trying to achieve this activity, UN-Habitat has developed guidelines (TORs) for these associations, and established the WUAs in these five towns.
Furthermore, water operators have been identified in Burao and Borama, while the process continues in Erigavo and Tug Wajaale. We’re trying to determine how best to give both these groups meaningful interactions and learning experiences in Uganda through a brief visit in future by end of this year.
European Union has made their commitment to reduce the burden of water scarcity in Somaliland and is funding significant water programmes in Somaliland the moment. The EU is the largest water sector donor in Somaliland. The goal of EU-funded water programmes is to improve the quality and quantity of fresh water available to Somaliland people and its future generations. These Water programmes are being implemented by a different partners such UN-Habitat, UNICEF, Caritas and Terresolidali. The EU is committed to Somaliland development and growth.