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About us

about us


The Vision of the WRI is where Uganda’s water resources are optimally utilised for all uses.


The mission of the WRI is to be a centre of excellence that provides cutting edge applied research & training; a neutral place for dialogue and outreach; for professional skills development across all levels on water resources management and development to influence practice and policy for sustainable social economic development in the country.

Core Values of WRI

Professionalism, Innovation, Collaboration, Client focused, Stewardship and Diversity

what we do


Multi-stakeholder processes that involve bringing together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and programs, enabling them to work together to find solutions. The WRI shall offer structured and well facilitated dialogue at national level that is necessary for improving the water resources management and development.

Applied Reseach

This is implemented through practical problem-solving processes that applies innovation to existing water resources and environment challenges faced by the country

Applied Training

WRI Supports a systematic continuous professional development for career growth; offer courses for officers joining the Water and Environment fraternity in the country and lifelong learning opportunities.


WRI is implementing this through linkages with other organisations, specific groups of people such as politicians, students, the private sector and development partners, academicians, students, media and general public to increase sharing of its wide experience, new ideas, innovations and practices in water and environment related issues

Professionals Trained
Short Courses
Papers Presented
UWEWKs Organised


Working with the WIR has always been a pleasure. The Institute has the ability to convene stakeholders of the water and environment sector in Uganda like no other. With WRI in the lead, the Natural Resources Stewardship Programme (NatuReS) has been able to carry out some ground-breaking trainings bringing together actors from the public and private sector as well as civil society. We are very much looking forward to continue working together with the WRI in future trainings as well as through the Uganda Water and Environment Week to share lessons, experiences, innovations in the sector

Ms. Anna Pamberg Country Cordinator, GIZ Natures

The Water Resources Institute of the Ministry of Water and Environment has provided to the Water and Environment sector players hands on training since its inception, the institute has played a key role of equipping the different categories of professionals in the sector with hands on training the various areas of groundwater development. Technicians have been trained in the fields of pumping test data collection and drilling; hydrogeologists have been trained in supervision of drilling activities. The Uganda Drilling Contractors Association, has enjoyed and benefited through working together with WRI to improve sector capacity.

Mr. Anthony K. Luutu  Executive Director,  UDCA

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Håkan Tropp

, PhD
GO-WATER Programme Director SIWI

The Water Resources Institute (WRI) has initiated various flagship programs within the broader water and environment sector. The WRI-Mentorship Program is my highlight as it seeks to mentor young and mid-career professionals in the sector by catalyzing and strengthening their scientific and leadership skills. I believe this aligns with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 Global Acceleration Framework, particularly, inclusion and capacity-building aspects. WaterAid Uganda played a critical role in conceptualizing and piloting this Program, and I am privileged for having been part of the process. Through strategic partnerships and collaboration, I believe the WRI-Mentorship Program can be institutionalized and scaled at regional and global levels.

Ms. Florence Laker Program Officer, IWA

The Water Resources Institute (WRI) of the ministry of Water and Environment has created a platform that allows for the sector professionals, private sector, Civil Society Organizations and academic communities to present papers, exchange knowledge, and build partnerships, collaborations and networks annually, during the Uganda Water and Environment Week. Water Resources Institute organizes write-shops with the purpose of building the capacity of the professionals and specifically the early career professionals to effectively communicate their work using posters, presentation and illustrative art under the three (3) major categories: science, practice, and policy.

Prof. Kiggundu Nicholas Ass Prof. Makerere University

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Ayeni Geoffrey Team Leader Walkers Association of Uganda