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Research Projects of CEDAT

Project ongoing since: 2005 • Makerere University


The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) in Uganda is involved in inter-disciplinary sanitation technology research including treatment systems, societal aspects, gender issues, social marketing, sustainable sanitation.


Several colleges are involved in teaching, research and consultancy in topics relating to sustainable sanitation, mainly the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology. Staff and students are often involved in inter-disciplinary research in the areas of sanitation technology including treatment systems, societal aspects including gender issues, social marketing, as well as financial and economic aspects of sustainable sanitation.

Project examples (lead researcher is Charles Niwagaba):

- Project partner on the Project FaME (Faecal Management Enterprises): providing sanitation solutions through value chain management of faecal sludge (studying its applicability in the cement production process by utilising its calorific value or the lower heating value).
- Project partner on the Project UACT - Economic Constraints and Demand-Led Solutions for Sustainable Sanitation Services in Poor Urban Settlements. U-ACT empirically tests various interventions in randomised controlled trials in the low-income areas of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
- "Waste to worth" in Uganda where fly larvae convert manure (animal and human) and organic waste into protein rich animal feed.

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Charles Niwagaba
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Behaviour change Capacity development Emptying and transport (non sewered) Enabling environment and institutional strengthening Faecal sludge treatment processes Faeces or faecal sludge Fertiliser Food security and productive sanitation Health and hygiene Market development Other funding source or unspecified Peri-urban Protein for animal food Public awareness, advocacy and civil society engagement Resource recovery Specific to one or several countries Sub-Saharan Africa Technology comparisons Treatment of faecal sludge Treatment of wastewater or greywater University, education or research institution Urban informal settlements (slums)


Makerere University

Makerere University is Uganda's largest and oldest university. It was first established as a technical school in 1922. Makerere University offers Bachelors, masters and PhD programmes. Makerere University has approximately 40,000 students of whom 5-10% are graduate students. Female students comprise about 45% of the total student population. Approximately 12,000 students graduate from Makerere University annually. There are approximately 3,500 International Students at Makerere University, from over 10 countries in and outside Africa. The University employs about 3,000 staff (of whom, 60% are Academic Staff, 11% Administrative Staff and 29% Support staff). The colleges involved in teaching, research and consultancy in topics relating to sustainable sanitation are College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES); College of Business and Management Sciences (COBAMS); College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT); College of Health Sciences; College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS); and College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (COVAB). Staff and students from the different colleges are often involved in inter-disciplinary research in the areas of sanitation technology including treatment systems, societal aspects including gender issues, social marketing, as well as financial and economic aspects of sustainable sanitation.

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