Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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Location InfoKampala, Uganda


Twekembe Water Challenge

This (research) project is about contaminated water and sanitation in the Kampala and Wakiso district, Bukijje and Ndikuttamadda zone. About 10.000 slum dwellers make use of one contaminated water well, causing waterborne diseases among many people, among which 0-5 year olds are mostly affected. The leader of the local organisation Twekembe stated that people want to keep the water well clean, but need a leader to guide them in this; yet nobody wants to be a leader. Through PAR, five new volunteer leaders were appointed to guide the -with community members and leaders- co-created plan to tackle water contamination in the area.

Challenge details

The 7Senses Challenge is an intensive 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals. In a multi-disciplinary, international team they perform Participatory Action Research in the field to boost community empowerment while at the same time work on their own personal and professional development.

Facts Twekembe Water Challenge
Start date June 16th 2014
Duration 12 weeks
Status Finished
Country Uganda
Coordinator Madelon Eelderink
Number of participants 2
Number of local researchers 2

Each Challenge design starts from a community issue, addressed by its problem owners at location. As such, we make sure the Challenge is based on local demand rather than donor demand. Together with these local stakeholders, we design the Challenge in a way that fits the local context, from the problem framing up to methodology and concept definitions.

Problem Definition
Main Research Question
Sub Questions

Each Challenge delivers direct outcomes for the local community on the addressed issue: we can share how many people have been reached, what their perspective is on the current and desired situation and what final Community Action Plan (CAP) they have co-created and implemented. In a later stage, local stakeholders will evaluate the impact of the CAP.

Current situation (baseline) according to local stakeholders
Desired situation according to local stakeholders
Co-created solution

The impact of this Challenge has not been measured yet. As soon as we have results of the impact measurement, it will be presented here.



Madelon Eelderink

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Kim van der geest

Action Researcher
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Silvia Kasteijn

Action Researcher
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Steve Brown

Action Researcher
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Herbert Sekimpi

Action Researcher
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Sustainable Development Goals

Challenge Reports

Each Challenge delivers one or more reports. Read here all detailed information on the PAR methodology and outcomes of this Challenge.