Urbanisation has been on the rise across the world and in Africa. While Uganda’s urbanisation is just beginning, the challenges are taking hold as is quite evident in Kampala City and the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA). There is rapid and unplanned growth, a crippling transportation system, mushrooming unplanned settlements and high youth unemployment. These are all threats to Kampala city’s productivity, despite its role as a huge contributor to the country’s development.
In an attempt to plan its development, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) developed its first five-year strategic plan in 2014/15 – 2019/20 as a medium-term strategy for laying the foundation for the city’s transformation. While impressive progress was made in delivering the plan, it fell short of expectations due to several challenges including budgetary constraints, capacity to attract investments and unrealistic expectations based on the operating environment.
In advance of the expiry of the strategy, KCCA sought the help of CIG Uganda, a UK Government-funded programme, to develop its next five-year strategy.
CIG Uganda has been working with KCCA over the past twelve months to review the first strategy, consult widely with the citizens of Kampala to identify a strong development path for the next five years, which aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals, Uganda’s Vision 2040, the National Development Plan III and the Greater Kampala Economic Development Strategy.
As a result, on Tuesday, 29th September 2020, the Kampala Capital City Authority launched its second strategic plan since it was established by Parliament to administer the city on behalf of Government of Uganda.
The plan that was launched by Right Hon. Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, will guide Kampala city’s operations between 2020 to 2025 to make it “an inclusive, liveable, resilient and well-planned city that will provide economic opportunities to residents”. The Prime Minister commended the team at KCCA for undertaking an extended and inclusive consultation process and ensuring that the strategy is well-aligned with Government overall vision and strategies.
The CIG Team Leader, Helena McLeod, said the technical assistance provided by CIG, was based on international best practice which has resulted in a realistic, yet ambitious, citizen-focused strategic plan.
KCCA's Executive Director, Ms, Dorothy Kisaka, said the new plan will build on the foundation laid in the past years. "We will scale heights with this more inclusive plan to meet the aspirations of Ugandans,” she said.
The Director of Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Mr Andrew Oecken, underscored the historical relationship that the UK Government has had with the Uganda Government. He said FCDO will be happy to support during implementation if required.
The Minister of Kampala, Hon. Betty Amongi, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Betty Kamya, the National Planning Authority, political leadership and other government agencies attended the event.
CIG Uganda is providing demand-driven technical assistance programme to government agencies to address the critical gaps in urban development and infrastructure sectors. The CIG programme aims to create jobs and reduce poverty through improvements in public sector capabilities to enable public and private investment that enhances urban productivity.