This spring The Water Trust promoted Sarah Aguti to the position of Uganda Country Director. Sarah brings to the position not just her experience as a Behavior Change Specialist at The Water Trust, but also prior management experience at Save the Children Liberia, where she managed grant-funded programs of nearly $2 M from the European Union, U.S. Agency for International Development, and other funders.
Sarah has demonstrated significant expertise in innovative program design and team-building in multiple roles, including with International Rescue Committee, Plan International, and Save the Children. She holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University and a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from Nkumba University.
“As we work to pioneer new programs that raise the bar for impact and efficiency, we are thrilled to have a leader of Sarah’s caliber,” said Executive Director Chris Prottas. “Beyond her technical skills, I am most excited by her demonstrated ability to develop and motivate staff while ensuring strong accountability — critical jobs as we look to scale.”
“I joined The Water Trust because it aims to create great change in the lives of poor people in rural Uganda, helping them to realize good health through the promotion of healthy behaviors and safe water,” said Sarah. “For the period I have worked for The Water Trust I have come to realize it is a very unique organization – it does not just do business as usual, but aims for sustainable results and measurable evidence of impact in the communities where it works.”
In 2016, Sarah led The Water Trust’s sustainability initiative, which developed and piloted novel approaches to address the water sustainability crisis — a crisis which has resulted in one in three wells in East Africa in disrepair at any given moment. With promising early results, Sarah will now lead the organization in scaling its successes in 2017 and beyond.