Our Model for Rapid Growth in Uganda

The water crisis in Uganda affects roughly 1 in 4 people in Uganda, which works out to approximately 11 million people. 

When it comes to thinking about rapidly solving the water crisis in a country like Uganda, we think seriously about the following three things:

  1. The shape of the impact curve relative to the investment made.
    Will the incremental cost per person go up or down after we invest in a particular region? Factors that get assessed during this process include: our working relationship with the existing network of NGO’s, the District Governments, and the other water systems in the region (to name a few).
  2. The sustainability costs of investing in a particular region.
    If we look long and hard at what it takes to sustain the infrastructure and the community hygiene standards in a region, is making an investment in this region the best use of our resources? Can the community, the government, and our NGO support this investment or will it end up like the rest of the water sector’s legacy of failed systems? Included in this assessment are factors like: the willingness of the local community to work with our team, the support from the local government structures to sustain the systems, and the overall environmental assessment.
  3. The needs of the people.
    No plan for rapid growth can leave out the crucial needs assessment of the local region.

Once these factors are considered, we apply our blueprint for rapid growth and begin to implement our scaleable water solutions. This document is a living document because we are a learning and living organization. We’re continually testing out these theories as we go so that one-day water poverty, in all of its forms, can be eradicated in Uganda. 

View the document here

After you do, send me a note jeff@acts.ca to tell me what you think. I’d love to chat.

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