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Hussam Hussein
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Hi and thanks for visiting my profile :) My name is Hussam, I'm a blogger-researcher-journalist, member of the European Youth Press’ Middle East and North Africa Committee (MENAC). I studied in Italy (Trieste/Gorizia), England (SOAS, London), and Poland (College of Europe). Academically, my background is mainly in Diplomacy and International Relations, with a focus on Environment. My interests are climate change, water, development and international cooperation.


Water as a human right: the case of the water wells in Uganda.

Published 26th March 2010 - 0 comments - 1909 views -

The right of having a minimum quantity of water for personal and domestic purpouses, to drink, wash, etc. in order not only to survive, but also to have a good life quality standard, is a basic principle of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The water issue should therefore be one of the priorities of the national policies, and have fresh water not to far from the own village, should not be a privilege only of one part of the world, but should be a minimum standard. As Marina Ponti pointed out in Brussels, the donor community should not focus only on sectoral aids, such as education, because if you build a school in a village, but don't give them water, the children are gonna be sent to get water from the other villages, and therefore are not gonna go to school. For this reason, I agree with the importance of not focusing only on water, but this issue seems to me of being a real basic right, so necessary that everyone should benefit from.

The last summer I've been in Uganda with an Italian NGO called ACAV, whose aim is to bring water in all the villages, building water wells. In addition, I appreciated very much the methodology that they used: they trained the local population to build this infrastructures, in order to transmitt the know-how skills to Ugandese population. This NGO has been operating in Africa for the last 25 years, and it's nice to see that in the regions where they have worked in the past now you can find Ugandese trained people that help other locals in teaching them how to build a water well (including all the processus of planning, involving the local village in the decision making to find the right place where to build it, fundraising, etc). For more info:

I took this picture during that trip.




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