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The study aimed to reinforce the centrality of water as a basic right, as a component of the right to housing, to the highest attainable standard of health, the right to food, and the right to an adequate standard of living.

The study draws most of the analysis from experience in both urban and rural water sub-sectors and also attempts to highlight the macroeconomics of water pricing and public utility management, for it is here that contrasts between water as a commodity and water as a social, spiritual, ecological good, and as a human right greatest. It further demonstrates the negative implications and impact of full-cost recovery approach that has been adopted by Ugandans on the of achievement of access to safe drinking water and water for production to women as a basic right.

The study was conducted in five districts of Uganda, namely; kumi, mukono, Kampala, Wakiso and Rakai districts.


The outcome of this study resulted into formulation of a fact sheet on women's right to water and a campaign focusing on "water as basic right" and also informed a national initiative on "The Uganda water dialogues" which is coalition of the government of Uganda, Civil society organisations and the private sector.

To AWEPON, water is basic right and not a commodity for sale, water has substitute and is a God given right. He or she who sales water is commoditizing human dignity, humanity, life and above all depriving women and men of an essential need that has no substitute. Download the report here. Privatisation of Water in Uganda Gender Analysis.

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