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  • One of many village hydro sites using locally made electronic controllers and turbines.

  • To address damage to childrens' and mothers' health caused by firewood smoke, we are disseminating efficient cooking methods.

  • Hire-purchase credit systems proved a very successful method of ensuring reliable power from PV over the long term in Lao PDR.

  • Villagers in Hao Binh province in Vietnam, lugging a turbine to a local off-grid electricity station.

  • Our focus in East Africa is on improving children's health, in particular providing consistent access to safe water.

  • Mr Bouthan manages one of the provincial energy service companies we established in Lao PDR.

  • Strengthening of local Water User Committees is a priority activity under our Safe Water Security programme.

  • Our pilot programme is growing a public-private partnership in safe water services in Uganda: ten service providers are under contract.

  • Whave and local government officials discuss deployment of local water funds in community savings and loans circles.

Our mission

Whave is an independent organization helping to build a fair future for our world. We believe we have enough resources for global stability and opportunity while preserving the gifts and enjoyment of nature. Our mission is to work with communities and governments to develop and demonstrate solutions to poverty and conservation issues.

Our ambition

We focus on specific issues where we have the skills and track record to provide enduring solutions. Our experience is in rural off-grid electrification, efficient kitchens, and reliable access to safe water in rural areas. In a world of rapidly expanding cities these sectors are significant; efficient cooking is a critical issue for health, livelihood and resource conservation in rural areas, and is also a critical issue in cities with a huge demand for cooking fuel and safe cooking methods. Off-grid electrification and reliable safe water transform rural areas into socially and economical sound resources which support the cities and suffer less from urban migration.

We are providing consulting services, and building projects in these three sectors, for demonstration and scaling internationally.

Our safe water programme was launched in 2011 with the motto "EveryDay, EveryOne".

About Whave

About Whave

Whave was formed in 2011 by experienced development professionals. To create a more effective framework for development, we follow the principle of 'reward for results', shifting the emphasis to outputs rather than inputs, results rather than promises.

Our professional experience in development goes back to the 80s, when we worked on community organization, various appropriate technologies, efficient cooking and rural electrification. From 1995 to 2005 we worked with governments to establish enabling environments for local businesses providing socially useful products and services, and we worked directly to train and start local social businesses. We developed a lot of experience with enterprise development, public-private partnership approaches, sector regulation, capacity-building, and management of innovative credit and financing systems.

In 2005 onwards the focus was on adaptation of the new protocols in CO2 emission reduction to poverty alleviation. Our founder, Adam Harvey, formulated the first procedures for generating social-carbon credits from efficient cook-stove dissemination which led to large and significant issuances of credits in Cambodia, Uganda, Ghana, Bangladesh, working with VCS, Gold Standard, and CDM. He later turned to the issue of inadequate safe water in rural areas, and developed procedures (methodologies) for generating social-carbon credits from improved access.

In both cases the reason for this focus was the conviction that the carbon framework offered an important model for effective development aid. The Whave team is now putting this conviction into practice, adapting the model to work in local communities and creating new social companies in developing countries, generating development results which can attract income to self-finance expansion of impact at scale.

Safe Water Security

Safe Water Security

Our main focus in Uganda is on Safe Water Security. Chronic illnesses and debilitation is common to many people in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Education, health care and employment are issues. The result is migration to cities where similar problems intensify in slums, and where population density and unemployment are threatening stability. The persistence of disease in rural areas has meant that even fertile regions are not producing enough to feed those cities and grow national economies.

Climate change has become a threat to the livelihoods of one billion people worldwide who are living with minimal cash income. Their vulnerability in the face of climate extremes is critical and elimination of water-related disease is an essential to build resilience.

The programme can be replicated in other countries; please contact us if you are interested to learn more or would like to become a partner organization

Our Safe Water programme started in 2011 with the motto "EveryDay, EveryOne".

Our Results so Far

As of the end of 2014, total of nine WSPs have been contracted on a performance-payment basis, serving 7,000 homes and 50,000 people.

Daily functional reliability of clean water sources in the 150 engaged communities is above 99% (in contrast to estimated reliability baselines of 40-70%, depending on area) and hygiene levels have increased by 15%.

The engaged communities have experienced an average decrease in diarrhoeal longitudinal prevalence from 21.3% after 1 month to 10.1% after 13 months and calculations suggest that 21,412 cases of diarrhoea have been averted to date.

Partnerships and Scaling the Pilot

The programme operates in partnership with the Ugandan government and with NGOs. Currently, public-private partnership (PPP) models for cost-effective WASH services have been agreed with the local governments of Luuka and Kamuli Districts, working one sub-county at a time. Full district-scale Model PPPs are planned, and additional sub-county PPP models in northern districts (Kumi and Abim) are expected in 2015. Our major NGO partner is Busoga Trust, an NGO operating in the Eastern region of the country. Busoga Trust focuses on rehabilitation of water sources and installation of new sources, while Whave focuses on optimising the lifecycle of the infrastructure investment and on hygiene transformation, by introducing community WASH service contracts and local private sector (WSP) concessions.

Whave is a member of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) and a partner of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

PPPs and Sustainability

Our Safe Water Security programme builds a Public-Private Partnerships at district level (PPPs). Government officials participate closely in the design of the structures. There is strong support from central and district government for scaling through the country and integration with local planning and governance.

The programme uses a Results-Based Sustainability approach, working towards sustainability in clearly defined steps. At local level, private sector technicians contract as franchisees to local water rural water service utilities. Whave acts as a model service utility, providing benchmark performance, training community committees and candidates for local service utilities, and promoting rural banking facilities and accountability systems to facilitate cost-recovery through collection of local water dues by community leaders. Local technicians are contracted as WASH Service Providers (WSP) franchisees or “micro-utilities” paid according to how well they anticipate technical problems and prevent down-time.  Their incomes are also linked to water quality in homes and at source, as well as to hygiene levels of each community in their concession. 

To ensure sustainability, water dues are paid by community members into the water funds held by their Water and Sanitation Committees (WSC). The WSCs pays a community service fee annually to the service utility, drawing from its water fund, as part of a reliability service agreement signed between the WSC and the service utility. Experience in recent years has shown that communities welcome this arrangement whole-heartedly, because it removes the difficulties experienced in direct transactional arrangements with local technicians, and because costs and inconveniences are less (particularly long downtime periods). The technician also prefer this arrangement as it builds their pride in working systems, earns them more stable incomes and improves professionalism. Local government welcomes the arrangement as it reduces the burden of major breakdowns leading to numerous abandoned pumps and high rehabilitation costs, as well as rendering effective the official policy of community-based maintenance. Whave is supportive of the community-based maintenance policy in contrast to private ownership or operation of water sources, because the presence of a WSC ensures equitable access to clean water by all families in each community (it is normal practice for  WSCs to re-distribute fees according welfare and need, for example exempting families sufreing exceptionally, deferring payments to harvest time, and compensating for exemptions or reductions by charging more to commercial users).

The programme is carefully designed as a trajectory toward full sustainability. A transition period is needed to develop the PPP structure and to achieve full cost recovery from community members for reliability. During this transition period, local capacity is developed for systems such as accurate monitoring, performance-payment, mobile phone payments by WSCs, rural banking (such as mobile-phone banking for WSC accounts). Also during this transition period,  hygiene habits are being transformed through initiatives undertaken by the programme. This dual process of reliability assurance systems-building and hygiene transformation is financed through grants, and expansion of the system is dependent on grant finance. Increasingly less finance is needed over time, as community contributions increase, and as the structure normalises. However the programme has been requested to expand by an increasing number of districts in the country, and the central government has asked for roll-out planning. Grant finance is required for expansion, starting by consolidating work in the five districts already engaged, then moving to build capacity in further districts.

Grant finance is generally short term, while successful completion of steps to sustainability requires a longer term approach.  Grant finance is essential as risk-finance and pre-finance to prove innovative approaches, to establish impact monitoring systems, to finance knowledge sharing, and to generate initial concrete results and social impacts that can be verified. It is needed to trigger activity in each district as the programme rolls out. However a second financing mode is needed to follow the pre-finance period and ensure that sustainable structures are fully established. Whave has worked with the Gold Standard Foundation to develop international results-based finance systems for reliable clean water supply and transformation of hygiene, embodied in the Water Access and WASH methodology under the GSF Water Benefit Standard. Following this methodology, the programme monitors clearly defined indicators which measure steps to sustainability, with results checked through field visits by international 3rd party auditing companies, and verified by auditing companies and by the Gold Standard Foundation. These indicators allow aid agencies and investors to track the impacts achieved, to track progress toward sustainability and progress toward stable and functional public-private systems which provide safe water security independently of external finance and external organizational intervention. Programme disbursements are made, during this second phase of “sustainability-based finance”, according to results achieved. This ensures that all further monies, following the grant period, flow on the basis of actual verified results and increasing proximity of full sustainability.

Whave is promoting local manufacture of traditional ceramic drinking pots fitted with taps. This avoids contamination from scooping water from the pot, which is the conventional method. This prototype is being tested at Whave HQ by Joel Mukanga, our senior Community Development Officer.

Water User Committees learning to keep accounts

Here the members of two neighbouring Water and Sanitation Committees (WSCs) are learning to keep accounts and preventative maintenance logs. Whave is introducing mobile banking to WSCs to reduce the excessive cost of traditional banking for rural communities. The WSC functionality is included in the Results-based Financing structure and prepares for effective public regulation of future rural water services.

Piped water sources subject to contamination

The Safe Water Security Pilot establishes incentives for private sector WASH service providers to maintain water sources in working condition. Piped sources like this one in peri-urban areas, are subject to contamination from reverse leakage in pipes. A WSP takes care to avoid such problems in order to secure income.

Yerusa Nyaruwa, nursing assistant at Namalemba Health Centre.

Through the five districts the programme operates, the average hygiene level measured in baseline studies was 38%, now the average is over 53% and the programme aims to achieve 100%. Yerusa Nyaruwa is the nursing assistant at Namalemba Health Centre. She said she had noticed a drop in hygiene-related cases in recent months.

Engineer Makinabu Yahaya (on the left) is the acting District Water Officer and District Water Engineer in Luuka. Here he talks with Ralph Burden of Busoga Trust and Joel Mukanga of Whave. Busoga Trust supports the Safe Water Security programme through installation and rehabilitation of hand-pumps.


Contaminated water is regularly used by many communities who have benefitted from water access programmes and have improved clean water sources installed. Surveys and anecdotal information from field workers indicate that extended repair times (down-times) are so common that daily operational reliability is on average 60% and well below in some areas. Health benefits are not being realised despite investments in access infrastructure.


Our pilot work in 2013-4 has resulted in the signing of 150 WASH service agreements in five districts in eastern and central Uganda. Daily operational reliability of over 99% has been achieved, a huge step from endemic intermittent functionality and long repair times, which previously forced people back to contaminated sources. We are now focusing on sub-county Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in two model districts (Kamuli and Luuka) and extending the programme into northern areas of Uganda.

Musoke Moses explaining water accounts and loan schemes

Musoke Moses is the Assistant District Water Officer in Luuka. Here he explains to one of the District Heath Assistants, Wetenga Elizabeth, how he has stimulated Water User Committees (WSCs) to become functional by integrating water accounts with savings and loan schemes. He says: "disbanded WSCs are one of our main problems. I am glad Whave is integrating Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) with WASH funds, as this is a good way to motivate WSCs and stimulate willingness to pay water tariffs for O&M".

Semu is a wash service provider in Bukanga

Semu is a WASH Service Provider in Bukanga sub-county, Luuka District. He has 12 communities in his concession and hopes to service up to 20 communities in the coming year. He says: "Busoga Trust helps us by always getting some model homes built while they are rehabilitating or installing the pump; then they hand over to us service providers and we work with Whave on preventive maintenance and hygiene and water quality. I make sure more model homes are built with all the amenities, including hand-washing, then I take the other families to see them and see how to build latrines and wash containers.

Charles Kibuma

Charles Kibumba is one of several WASH Service Providers under contract. He currently holds a concession of 19 communities supplied with wells and hand-pumps in Namalemba sub-county, Iganga district. As his concession grows in size, Charles plans to hire assistants and create a rural water service company. When Charles was interviewed he said: "the WASH Service Provider must see that the pump is working, every day, the whole week, the month, the whole year. If the water in the pump gets contaminated, and if there is too little sanitation in the community, there is less money for me."

Cleaning jerry cans with coffee leaves

Some households wash their jerry can regularly, using coffee leaves and water as an astringent and shaking the resulting foam with grit and gravel. Semu explains: " This method works well and our job as WSP is to get all the households doing this every week. Clean jerry cans is one of the indicators that gets homes into the Low Risk category. Its easy to check whether they are being cleaned or not. We earn our monthly fee from the number of Low Risk homes".

Adam Harvey at COP19

Testing of water quality, at every source, and in homes in every community, is a core activity under the Safe water Security Programme. Whave is investigating portable testing methods which show visible indicators to water users. Regular testing informs decisions as to where filters and additives are necessary, and where they are not necessary. Testing also provides data on where contamination occurs within the safe water chain, and provides a basis for incentives for prevention of contamination.

Adam Harvey at COP19

Adam Harvey presents the safe water security policy paper at the UN conference COP19 in November 2013.

Who we are Team Members and Advisers

Dr Adam Harvey

Dr Adam Harvey has specialised in rural development in Africa and Asia water over the past 25 years, focussing on water and sanitation, renewable energy and energy efficiency. As an engineer, he has worked on life-cycle costings of rural water supply systems, improved cook-stoves, heat retention cooking, safe water access, solar PV, village-scale hydro power and other climate-friendly technologies. As an economist and sociologist, he has advised governments on improved regulation and has developed practical public-private partnership frameworks (most recently in the WASH sector). Adam has established credit-financing systems which incentivise long-term reliability of services and sustainable development, in the off-grid energy sector. In recent years he has focussed on building local companies which provide social transformation on the basis of financial rewards for audited results. To this end, Adam developed several "metrics" for measuring sustainable development, including a methodology for accreditation of outcomes of Water and Sanitation programmes. He has taken social-carbon projects and Programmes of Activities (POAs) through validation, verification and issuance phases. Adam has published extensively, including authorship of a Micro-Hydro Design Manual, and holds an MA from Oxford University in economics and sociology and a PhD in engineering from Warwick University, UK.

Stuart Leckie

Stuart Leckie has lived and worked in East Africa for several years, developing projects in biogas, renewable electricity generation and improved cook stoves. He has worked with local organisations to maximise development benefits for local populations, and he has designed and guided through validation and registration a number Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programmes of Activities. Previously he worked for the Royal Society in London to formulate climate change policy and was seconded to the Inter-Academy Council review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has worked for several organisations in the carbon market undertaking analysis, project development and management, with an emphasis on innovative projects focused on poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

Stuart holds a Masters degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future and a BSc in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Bristol.

Addy Ndibazza

Addy Ndibazza is our Senior Administration Officer, leading the administration team and taking responsibility for accounts and office management in our Kampala and regional offices. She also assists with development of banking facilities for rural communities, mobile money applications, database maintenance and field survey design and implementation. She previously worked for Arocha Uganda, where she specialised in data research, analysis and management. She has also worked for the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) and the Ministry of Water and Environment. Her field survey and analysis experience includes a case study in Kira town on the "Effect of Local Government Expenditure on the Growth of Sectors in Wakiso district" and a survey of the outputs of a project in the slum areas of Kampala, which improved livelihoods through home growing of vegetables in soil-filled sacks. Addy is a Bachelor of Statistics graduate from Makerere University, majoring in Applied Statistics.

Joel Mukanga

Joel Mukanga is an experienced community development professional. He works for Whave as our Senior Community Development Officer (CDO) and leads the CDO team. Joel takes responsibility for interactions and partnership development with local government, with Whave franchisee WASH service providers, and with rural communities. In past years, he has been involved with the management and evaluation of rural hygiene and sanitation programmes; worked in the field of disabilities and child welfare, and helped to train low-income urban households to grow nutritious products for sale and for home consumption. He holds a Bachelor degree in Adult and Community Education from Kyambogo University and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT).

John Zironda

John Francis Zironda is a multi-skilled Community Development Officer (CDO) with professional experience of organisational development within civil society and government partnerships. He is a leading member of our CDO team, with special responsibility for building the capacities of community Water and Sanitation Committees, for developing partnerships with local government, and for promoting village level lending associations and hygiene improvement. John previously worked for several years with Self-Help Africa on areas of hygiene and sanitation, environment, savings co-operatives and micro credit access, gender and HIV/AIDs. He has also worked as an agricultural adviser and as the Environment Officer at Uganda Clays Ltd. John has a degree in Environmental Management from Makerere University where his research included case studies on organic agriculture, sustainable agro-forestry systems and the impacts of charcoal production.

Annitah Atusinguza

Annitah Atusinguza works as the Administration Officer in our Kampala office, where she also assists with data entry and management. Prior to joining Whave, Annitah worked with Pride Microfinance Limited (MDI) Uganda as a credit officer and customer care officer. She brings with her extensive experience of the micro-finance world and is taking a key role in our work in mobile money and banking facilities for rural communities engaged in our Safe Water Security programme. Annitah is a Business Statistics graduate from Makerere University.

Zainab Namukose

Zainab Namukose joined our team in September 2013 as a Field Survey Auditor, spot-checking the results of Safe Water Security observation-based surveys conducted in rural communities. She worked successfully with community leaders and members, and in December 2014 she took the post of Community Development Officer. In this role, she introduces to rural communities the concept of safe water assurance through service agreements; she promotes hygiene and village and savings loan associations, and she trains our local franchisee WASH service providers. Prior to working with Whave, Zainab was involved in a number of rural extension programmes and community-based networks, in which she worked directly with local government authorities and rural communities. She has spent several years as an Operations Manager for Nile Surgicot Ltd and worked as a Collection Officer for Letshego, where her roles included the development and implementation of training schemes, liaising with regulatory and statutory bodies, the preparation of monthly reports and conducting workshops to raise awareness about changes in company operations. Owing to such experience, Zainab is skilled in areas of behaviour change and cultural development, business and commercial development.

Dr Terry Thomas

Dr Terry Thomas has conducted 20 years of research, consultancy and training relating to water in 13 tropical countries. He is currently active in leading international water associations, and is the author of handbooks on tropical roof-water harvesting (Thomas & Martinson, 2007) and on ram pumps (1992). In Uganda he has worked with/for DWD, URWA, UWASNET, KRBP, 5 universities, several NGOs and established a local water-supply and filters/roof-water manufacturing company. He is accomplished in a range of other appropriate technologies with an emphasis on local manufacture, capacity building, and employment creation in a wide range of developing countries. He has authored 3 books and 75 articles/papers on electronics & control, transport systems & operations and water in developing countries, rural technology, micro-enterprise, building materials, energy, landmine clearance.

Pryantha Hettiaratchi

Pryantha Hettiaratchi is a qualified and accomplished electrical and mechanical engineer. He has worked on renewable ene rgy since 1982, working on various technologies such as solar PV, efficient lighting, tea-processing machinery, and pumping systems.

He has specialised in designing and building hydro power projects around the world, as well as training local companies how to build the components.

He has worked on local manufacture of small systems for villages, as well as grid-connected larger systems. As an expert mechanical as well as electrical engineer his skills include manufacture of turbines, induction generators, pumps, and load controllers as well as their installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance.

Magnus Proctor

Magnus Proctor FFA is an accountancy and tax professional with over 30 years experience. He has a varied portfolio with clients from the manufacturing, construction, health and hospitality sectors, and with particular experience in the not-for-profit sector both nationally and internationally. He is the director of a vocational training school and appropriate technology institute in Uganda, and has worked over recent years on projects to bring clean water and improved cook-stoves to rural Africa.

Edith Atuhurira

Edith Atuhurira is our Administrative Assistant and Data Entrant in the Kampala office. After graduating from Business Statistics at Makerere University, Edith worked for Lugazi Town Council handling data collection and data analysis concerning the town council services.

Irene Beatrice

Irene Beatrice works with Whave as a Community Development Officer. She is responsible for co-ordination and interaction with rural communities engaged in our Safe Water Security programme, hygiene promotion, promoting livelihood lending circles at community level, and providing support to our franchisee WASH service providers. Irene previously worked for six years with Child Fund in the Mbale district, gaining experience in areas of livelihoods recovery and child protection, sponsorship, hygiene and sanitation, village savings and loans associations, gender, nutrition, youth empowerment and HIV/AIDs. Irene has a degree in social work and social administration from Uganda Christian University and also holds a diploma in social work from Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development.

Ibrahim Mbadhi

Ibrahim Mbadhi works for Whave as a Community Development Officer with special focus on the development of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) within communities engaged in our Safe Water Security Programme. Prior to his employment with Whave, he worked for several years with Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns (VEDCO) on food security and sustainable rural livelihoods improvement; livelihoods recovery and child protection; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); natural resource management; savings and micro credit access; nutrition and HIV/AIDs. Ibrahim has also worked as a researcher with Dr Haroon Sseguya at Makerere University Department of Agricultural Extension. He has a degree in social work and social administration and is currently completing his M.A in Rural Development at Makerere University, where his dissertation is centred on school gardening for economic empowerment in rural Uganda.

Faith Tebesigwa

Faith Tebesigwa works for Whave as a Community Development Officer (CDO). Through work as a Community Mobiliser and Community Development Facilitator with Child Fund Uganda over a period of four years she refined her sensitisation, resource mobilisation and communication skills, and gained practical experience of gender mainstreaming and the application of human rights based approaches to development programming. Faith holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from the Ugandan Christian University and an Administrative Law Certificate from Makerere School of Law. She also holds certificates in Child Handling and Development and Project Planning and Management.

Ignatius Opolot

Ignatius Opolot is a skilled Community Development Officer (CDO) who joined Whave in 2015 following four years working with the NGO Bushikori Christian Centre in Mbale as a Field Officer. He has experience facilitating community development projects and working closely with sub-county and district partners and communities to plan, implement and monitor health and sanitation interventions. Ignatius holds a Bachelors of Social Work and Social Administration from Uganda Christian University, which provided him with skills in leadership, micro finance management, resource mobilisation, and psycho-social training, amongst others.

Everlyn Madudu

Everlyn Madudu is an efficient and organised individual with ten years of professional experience in implementing community-based projects and six years experience of project management. Skills acquired during this time cover a range of community-based approaches, including PHAST, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Community Health Clubs (CHC), Cluster, Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) and Child to Child. Everlyn joined Whave as a Community Development Officer (CDO) operating in Kumi district, where she is able to utilise her training, facilitation and advocacy skills to support local communities and local government to improve WASH service provision. She holds a Degree in Community Development from Kumi University, and has obtained certificates in CLTS, Training of Trainers for PHAST, and HIV/AIDS Guidance and Counselling.

Alfred Otworot

Alfred Otworot is a Whave Community Development Officer (CDO) in Kumi district. He spent six years working as a Project Manager for the Kapujan Sub County Development Association and has been part of the Uganda Red Cross Society for the past six years. Through this work, Alfred has gained valuable experience and skills in community mobilisation, project planning and management, advocacy and lobbying, guidance and counselling, and participatory approaches to planning and programming. He holds a Bachelor of Adult and Community Education of Kyambogo University and has earned certificates in Training of Trainees on the Community Health Clubs concept, Volunteer Management, and Financial Management and Accountability.

Ronald Okuraja

After ten years of experience as a Programme Manager for Wera Development Agency (WEDA) in Uganda’s North-eastern region, Ronald Okuraja has vast experience in planning, coordination, advocacy, leadership and monitoring of WASH initiatives. This role included managing a team of 24 staff across four districts, and provision of technical leadership for water supply and sanitation activities through application of PHAST, CLTS, CHAST, Sanitation Marketing, and Community Health Club approaches. This experience makes him well suited for his position as Whave Project Manager in the Karamoja region. Ronald holds a Masters in Public Administration and Management from the Islamic University in Uganda and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Social Admnistration from Uganda’s Christian University. He has also undertaken trainings in project cycle management, resource mobilisation, participatory hygiene and sanitation, PHAST, and management of community-based projects.

Paul Lopeyok

Paul Lopeyok has practical experience in community mobilisation, hygiene and nutrition sensitisation, livelihoods intervention, and monitoring. This was gained during work as a community mobiliser for World Vision Uganda in Karamoja and work as a Participatory Rural Appraisal (EPRA) Facilitator for Kaabong Town Council under the World Bank’s Northern Uganda Social Action Fund Project (NUSAF II). He holds a Bachelors degree in Development Studies from Kampala International University and has been trained in graphic design, computer applications and programming, data enumerating using mobile devices, human protection and accountability. Paul joined Whave in 2016 as a Community Development Officer (CDO) in Karamoja.

Patricia Osire

Patricia Osire is a Whave Community Development Officer (CDO) in the Karamoja region. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies from the Uganda Christian University and has worked for organisations including UNICEF, Save the Children Uganda, and the Ugandan Red Cross Society. Patricia was also involved in the USAID-funded Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition (RWANU) project during 2014-15, working with Concern International and ACDI/VOCA. From this work, she brings to her role as Whave CDO expertise in social development, project planning and management, resource mobilisation, human resource planning, and monitoring and evaluation.

Mary Ayaa

Mary Ayaa is a Whave Community Development Officer (CDO) in the Karamoja region, bringing with her a wealth of experience from previous work in this area of Uganda, notably from the world of academia. Mary has been an enumerator and team supervisor for a number of research projects, funded by the likes of World Vision, Mercy Corps, the World Food Programme, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research (CIAT). For example, her role as a Field Team Supervisor for a project run by UNICEF and American Institute for Research involved managing a team of data collectors, carrying out participatory assessments, and conducting monitoring and evaluation activities in Kaabong district. She has a Bachelors Degree in Social Science from Makerere University and certificates in public health, human rights, gender and project planning, and peace and conflict management.

Lawrence Otika

Lawrence Otika has vast experience in WASH infrastructure construction and management, making him ideal for the role of Whave Senior Engineer in Karamoja. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Ndejje University, as well as an advanced craft certificate in plumbing and a certificate in borehole drilling, installation and repair with UII/UIII pumps from Iganga Technical Institute. Lawrence has considerable practical experience in his field. He has worked as a Project Officer in WASH Construction for Amref Health Africa Uganda’s Patongo School Infrastructure Improvement Project, a WASH Assistant for the Danish Refugee Council’s Emergency WASH Response Programme (funded by UNICEF) in Adjumani, and he was a WASH Engineering Officer for Mercy Corps Uganda in Karamoja/Acholiland.

Jane Abonyo

Jane Abonyo brings to the Whave team experience in project implementation, administration, resource mobilisation, and monitoring and evaluation, utilising these skills in her role as a Community Development Officer (CDO) in Karamoja. Jane’s work experience includes the positions of Programme Officer in the Karamoja Action Research Team (KART), and Analyst and Logistician for the organisation Restless Development, which involved implementing action research and conducting discussions with communities, government officials, and other NGOs in the Karamoja region. She has been a Data Enumerator for FAO Uganda, World Vision International, and Action for Health, and holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration from the Uganda Christian University.

Fardosa Ahamed

Fardosa Ahamed has considerable experience in community dialogue and mobilisation, making a valuable contribution to the Whave team as a Community Development Officer (CDO) in the Karamoja region. She holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management from Kampala International University and work experience includes roles as a Data Enumerator with ACDI/VOKA on the USAID-funded Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition (RWANU) project in South Karamoja, a Community Mobiliser for World Vision, a Community Facilitator for the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), and a Field Supervisor/Team Leader for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Fardosa has also worked with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Kampala, monitoring and evaluating the Peace Recovery and Developmental Projects (PRDP) and Northern Uganda Social Action Fund Projects in Northern Uganda.

Edmon Lomido

Edmon Lomido holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Nkumba University and has completed trainings on financial management, resource mobilisation, human rights and conflict resolution. His skills in various fields of business administration (accounting and finance, insurance, company laws and administration) make him well suited to his role as Whave Admin and Water Quality Officer in the Karamoja Region. These skills have been built through experience, including working as an Accounts Assistant and Admin Officer for ACDI/VOCA, during which time his duties included maintaining computerised accounts, coding financial transactions and managing operational cash funds.

Derrick Dida

Derrick Dida is Whave’s Driver in the Karamoja region.

Carl Peters Agen

Carl Peters Agen is a competent WASH software and hardware professional, with five years of field experience in programme development and implementation. He has been involved in a number of successful Community WASH projects in Oyam and Gulu districts, working with organisations including World Vision International and Save the Children. Familiarity in using community-led approaches for infrastructure development and behavioural change makes him well qualified for his role as a Whave Community Development Officer (CDO) in Karamoja. Carl holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Uganda Management Institute (UMI), and a Bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering and Management from Kyambogo University Kampala. He has also completed trainings in PHAST, CLTS, contract management, and water quality testing.

Andrew Narwor

Andrew Narwor is a Whave Community Development Officer (CDO) in the Karamoja region. He has experience working this area of Uganda for a number of international organisations, including Samaritan’s Purse International, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Uganda, and the Institute of International Cooperation and Development. For the latter, he worked as a Guidance Counsellor in the Karamoja region, providing advice and support for young people on careers, education, and personal and social matters. Andrew holds a Bachelors degree in Community Based Rehabilitation from Kyambogo University.

Jobs with Whave

Jobs with Whave

Whave is currently advertising for positions. Please email your CV to us at recruitment@whave.org, together with a covering letter which describes your interest in the role:

Karamoja Senior Community Development Officer

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Tel: +256 784 977211
Coordinates: 1.484291, 33.933336

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Whave Solutions Kaabong and Kotido

Plot 6, Kidepo Lane, Kaabong
Tel: +256 787 591098
Coordinates: 3.516981, 34.135383

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