Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • Uganda: Experts Warn of Disease Outbreak Due to 18% VAT on Water

    June 29, 2012

    Paschal B. Bagonza June 29, 2012 Three women are each carrying a 20-litre empty jerrycan. They look scared, and are running away from a locked water tap. The padlock reads “18% TAX.” It is a sweaty run to the well to collect water. One of the women has a baby strapped on her back; of […]

  • Brazil: Rio+20 Summit Paves Way for Sustainable Development Goals

    June 26, 2012

    UNEP June 24, 2012 The Rio+ 20 Summit ended with a range of outcomes which, if embraced over the coming months and years, offer the opportunity to catalyze pathways towards a more sustainable 21st century. Heads of State and more than 190 nations gave the green light to a Green Economy in the context of […]

  • Rio+20 Summit: Sustainable Water Management is Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits, say Countries

    June 20, 2012

    UN Water and UNEP June 19, 2012 Over 80 per cent of countries have reformed their water laws in the past twenty years as a response to growing pressures on water resources from expanding populations, urbanization and climate change. In many cases, such water reforms have had positive impacts on development, including improvements to drinking […]

  • Zambia: Germany Supports Water Infrastructure Improvement

    June 19, 2012

    Newton Sibanda June 19, 2012 The Germany government will provide Zambia’s Eastern Province with K106.5 billion under the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation programme. The three-phase project will utilize K46.5 billion towards the improvement of the water infrastructure in the towns through the Eastern Water and Sewerage Company (EWSC). Germany ambassador Frank Meyke disclosed the […]

  • Rio+20 Summit: UNEP Launches Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities

    June 18, 2012

    UNEP June 18, 2012 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have unveiled a new initiative that aims to reduce pollution levels, improve resource efficiency and reduce infrastructure costs in cities across the world. Launched today June 18, 2012 at the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities will work with […]

  • Kenya: Human Waste turns into Gold

    June 16, 2012

    Mary Mwendwa June 16, 2012 Did you know that up to 60 percent of the population in Nairobi- Kenya’s capital lives in slums? Extremely limited access to water, sanitation and adequate housing characterize most of these slums. However, there are agencies that are working towards making sure human waste no longer lies on paths and […]

  • Zambia: Call-Boys Urinate against Poor Sanitation

    June 15, 2012

    Newton Sibanda June 15, 2012 In a bizarre way of demonstrating, call-boys at the main commuter station of Zambia’s tourist capital Livingstone have urinated against poor sanitation during a visit by the parliamentary committee on local government. Call-boys are the rowdy youths who earn their living by shouting for customers and wooing commuters at bus […]

  • Uganda: Government Allocates 355 BN/= to the Water Sector

    June 15, 2012

    Paschal B. Bagonza June 15, 2012 The government of Uganda has allocated Shs. 355 billion to the water sector in the 2012/2013 financial year. In last year’s budget, the government earmarked Shs 271 billion to the same sector. The minister of finance, planning and economic development, Maria Kiwanuka said the increase is necessary because “the […]

  • Tanzania: WSSCC Offers 5M USD to Tanzania for Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion

    June 6, 2012

    WSSCC June 06, 2012 The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has officially announced its support for a Sanitation and Hygiene programme investing US$ 5,000,000 from its Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) to help more communities in Tanzania increase access to and attain improved sanitation. Known as the Usafi wa Mazingira Tanzani (UMATA) in Kiswahili, […]