Kathryn Dutile (Uganda)

Kathryn Dutile (Gulu Disabled Persons Union – GDPU, Uganda): Prior to her fellowship, Kathryn earned an MA in international development at the University of Manchester. In support of her thesis she researched the challenge of delivering sanitation services in Uganda from a gendered perspective. Kathryn became interested in development during study abroad and through volunteering in Ghana and South Korea as an undergraduate student. After her fellowship with GDPU, Kathryn wrote: “Sometimes the best moments were when the power went out and all the staff was just chatting about life, politics, relationships, etc. (Also) grant writing at this level and amount was new. (I) gained more technical WASH knowledge - whereas my specialty was more about institutions and behavioral changes.” Kathryn remained in northern Uganda after her fellowship. kdutile@advocacynet.org

The Sacred MOU and Global Handwashing Day

15 Oct
Global Handwashing Day

Catherine, a participant of GDPU’s vocational program, washes her hands

A MOU or Memorandum of Understanding is the contract that binds partners and defines roles, responsibilities, and what happens if you don’t fulfill said roles and responsibilities. In order to formalize GDPU and Advocacy Project’s pilot bus park toilet partnership with local government and give GDPU a strong platform for effective monitoring, we needed to sign a MOU with local council. This week after a back and forth between GDPU and the local government the MOU was signed by both GDPU and Local Council. This means we can go full ahead and start necessary plumbing repairs this week following the guidance available at northernhillspool and get the toilet up and running by the end of the month. Well you can visit here to know hoe much pipe relining can cost or other factors to for your plumbing work.

Getting to this point has not been easy from dealing with bureaucracy to understanding tender concerns. While I can’t say there is any best solution for the bus park toilet, our best bet for sustainability is being able to hold local government accountable. We’ve also worked to solidify a stronger relationship between GDPU, local government, and the tenderer. While forming public-private partnerships, as we are trying to do in the program, there are obvious differences in the parties’ main goal. From a public standpoint it’s providing a needed service, from private the goal is profit. In order for this project to work all need to make a compromise. You can click here for info about pipeline cost.

It only seems fitting that we get the news of the signed MOU on October 15th Global Handwashing Day. With this news there has been a rejuvenation of the staff surrounding this project, which is now full steam ahead. Today the Plumber Near Me Melbourne will sign his contract with GDPU for the repairs which will begin immediately. Tomorrow the GDPU team and I will start a five-day water, sanitation, and hygiene needs assessment of ten schools in the District. This assessment will give us strong research to inform the next component of the project, an accessible school latrine and an innovative educational program focusing on hygiene.

Posted By Kathryn Dutile (Uganda)

Posted Oct 15th, 2014

1 Comment

  • Shelley

    October 17, 2014


    Congratulations! This seems like enormous progress and forward momentum.

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