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The Water Resources Institute was established to address current and emerging water resources related issues in the country and globally

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The Water Resources Institute (WRI) was launched on the 21st March 2018 by then Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during the first Uganda Water and Environment Week.

The Water Resources Institute (WRI) is a response to the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) reforms that pointed out the need to address issues of increasing pollution, growing population, climate variability, and reduction in water availability and balancing water needs for agriculture, energy, industry and households in the country. Particularly, the Water Resources Management reform study (2003 to 2005), recommended the establishment of a Water Resources Institute to address current and emerging water resources related issues in the country and globally. In addition, MWE Directorates are regulatory and planning authorities whose tasks contain a broad range of mandates from policy and regulation to specific technical and research-oriented functions. The Water Resources Institute is needed to provide space for engagement, sector development and strategic management. 

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WRI thematic areas of focus

Thematic Focus

• Applied training in water and environment sector

• Applied research that addresses sector challenges, approaches and technologies Sector

• Dialogue on Water and environment issues

• Outreach- to increase sharing of experience, new concepts, innovations and practices in water and environment related issues.

WRI Flagship Programs


The Uganda Water and Environment Week (UWEWK) is a weeklong event that is organized annually by the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) through the Water Resources Institute (WRI). Since its inception in 2018, the event seeks to contribute towards the attainment of Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation and achievement of Uganda's National Development Plan and vision 2040. More

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The Water Resources Institute is implementing the WRI- Mentorship program to accelerate the personal and professional development of mentees. This will act as a trigger to awaken water and environment professionals ‘capacity for management and development of water and environmental resources, and to promote gender equality and inclusion in accessing promotional jobs in water and environment sector. More

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Retired Proffessions

Over the years, the sector has been losing very resourceful professionals that have served it diligently through retirement and this is bound to deplete the capacity of the sector and affect its performance that has been an envy of other sectors in Uganda and in the region.

Therefore, one suggested avenue to retain this capacity and expertise would be through the WRI retired professionals program. More 

We are change makers

The Water Resources Institute, WRI, works nationally, regionally and globally to change how water and environment resources are understood, valued, developed and managed. As advocates and advisors, we show how improved water and environment governance is key to a fairer, more prosperous, and resilient future.

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The Water Resources Institute has provided a neutral platform for non-state actors to engage with government and to contribute towards enhancing capacities, generating evidence and creating opportunities for dialogue and learning. This has increased participation of CSOs and ensured focus on delivery of Water and Environment services for all 

Jane Nabunnya
Ms. Jane N. Mulumba Country Director IRC

The Water Resources Institute has created a platform were all sector players including private sector, academia, Civil Society Organizations and practitioners to dialogue, engage and discuss Water and Environment issues to inform policy and practice for better results.

Ms. Brenda Achiro Country Director Water for People

The WRI retired professions program will be able to transfer value and tradition that are followed in the water sector to the current civil servants. they program will save us hiring experts to train civil servants or send civil servants abroad. 

Mr. Alfred Okot Okidi Permanent Secretary 
Ministry of Water and Environment