Training of Trainers 

to improve Rural Water Supply in Tanzania


Our Goal

The project aims to enhance the technical and managerial capabilities of Tanzania’s Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA), to improve water services for the rural population in Tanzania.

Project Profile

The primary objective of this project is to enhance the capacities of RUWASA in delivering sustainable water supply in rural Tanzania. Since September 2021, the Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation (SHIPO) and Skat Foundation have collaborated to support the staff of RUWASA in planning, designing, maintaining, and managing rural water supply networks. The training courses are structured comprehensively to cover the main areas where workers of the agency lack the necessary technical knowledge.

In addition, SHIPO is working intensively with the state actor to promote the standardisation of internal operations. This will ensure that technicians in one region can be supported by technicians in other regions, with confidence that safety and efficiency measures are being met.

After three years of operation, the project has trained technical personnel and carried out monitoring site visits in 66 districts in 13 of the 25 regions of Tanzania’s mainland where RUWASA is active. All partners involved in the project are strongly committed to covering all regions in the coming years. Increasing the number of external experts supporting the project, both in the form of remote digital support and on-site visits, has been recognised as a key factor for success.




2021 – 2024



Key Services Provided

  • Design, implementation, and management of sustainable water supply networks

  • Capacity strengthening

  • Training of trainers

  • Monitoring visits


Karla Schlie, Project Coordinator

Project achievements


RUWASA staff (46 men, 9 women) trained on the operation and maintenance of rural water supply systems following the national guidelines.


additional colleagues reached by the technicians trained in 2023, who shared their newly acquired knowledge in their local areas.


regions covered, with 9 regions reached in 2022 and 4 additional locations included in the 2023 training edition.

May 2022

community guidelines were approved for nation-wide use.

Development and implementation of knowledge transfer plans.

Strengthening of institutional contracts between RUWASA and the Water Institute, benefiting the sector through enhanced professional training.

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