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Development of 4 eBooks in Karamoja, Uganda for GIZ
The region of Karamoja in Northeast Uganda lacks water storage for production, which constrains economic development opportunities and creates the effect that the communities which predominantly depend on agriculture and livestock are vulnerable to climate variability and change. Existing water for production infrastructure is often not well designed, insufficient in terms of storage quantity, and many times lacks proper operation and maintenance. This is due to a lack of investment in this sector, and to the limited capacities of the responsible institutions to plan, implement and manage water for production infrastructure within a catchment-based approach to water resources management.
The joint EU/BMZ/GIZ/ENWASS project addresses the situation by strengthening the capacities of the relevant institutions for a sustainable increase of water storage capacity for production purposes, embedded in a climate sensitive water resources management on the catchment level. As such, the project combines the physical construction of water reservoirs in two catchments in Karamoja with a strong focus on technical assistance at the national, regional and local levels to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure.
As part of the EU’s Development Initiative for Northern Uganda, this project contributes to the consolidation of stability in Northern Uganda, the eradication of poverty and under-nutrition and the strengthening of the foundations for sustainable and socio-economic development as well.
The objective of the consultancy of eeem.org is to support the socio-cultural aspect of the source protection of valley tanks in Karamoja. In the semi-arid region, water for production infrastructure, i.e. valley tanks and dams, are mainly used by pastoralists for their livestock but also for domestic purposes and not yet much for agricultural production. The aim of the consultancy is to support the mind-set change of water users and to educate them – using modern technology – on options how to use their water for a sustainable production infrastructure. Due to different user groups – which include both the local population, but especially in the dry season Turkana pastoralists from Kenya – resource-friendly catchment management as well as the maintenance of valley tanks are extremely problematic.
After our research and field visits from July to August 2019 and January to February 2020 we have developed, tested and finalized four e-Books in English and Karamojong.