October 2021 Issue
Message from the Team Leader–Helena McLeod
It is my pleasure to introduce the first issue of our annual newsletter CIGNET Uganda. The publication provides a snapshot of what Cities and Infrastructure Growth (CIG) Uganda has been working on over the last three years.
CIG Uganda is a five-year programme launched in 2018. It is funded with UK aid and implemented by Cardno International Development, Onward Resources International (ORI) and partners in Uganda. Under this we provide expert technical assistance tailored to the Uganda context. We focus on critical and strategic interventions that can be transformational for urban development in the country.
As you may be aware, urbanisation is now the single most significant opportunity for the economic growth of anycountry. This is already evident in Uganda, where the city and urban areas generate 60 percent of Uganda’s GDP.But to tap into this opportunity, city authorities must work smarter. Therefore, we are supporting the city authorities in the Jinja-Kampala-Entebbe (JKE) corridor to help enhance urban productivity, improve infrastructure services,
and drive infrastructure investments beyond traditional public sector financing.
Given the urgent response required by the challenges presented by climate change all our interventions are climate smart. All our work also considers how the socially excluded and vulnerable, including the disabled, can benefit. We believe that these are the key areas that will unlock the productivity of our cities.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, our team and partners adapted to the new way of working and made fantastic progress towards achieving our shared goals and objectives. Working with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), we refined and changed the approach in developing an inclusive Strategic Plan that was consultative and aligned to the NDPIII – we believe that the Plan will guide the authority in their quest for a resilient, smart, and
sustainable city by 2025. In addition, we are building the capacity of the KCCA team to identify, appraise and prepare bankable projects as a key step towards actualising the strategic plan.
We were also privileged to work with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in Uganda and the broader power sector players to produce the Power Sector Roadmap to address some of the challenges in the sector. Under our support in infrastructure, we are working with KCCA and International Finance Corporation (IFC) to action the Kampala Waste Management Plan that will see waste turned into ‘gold’ for city residents and avoid serious environmental and social consequences if a new landfill is not swiftly opened.
We have also completed two studies that will inform the trailblazing approach for clearing the Right of Way (ROW) for the proposed Kampala-Jinja Expressway(KJE). We are delivering this through Cities Alliance in partnership with the European Union, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), and other agencies.
In response to Covid we rapidly set up an Emergency Covid Response Fund to support the communities and Nakawa market vendors involved in the KJE. The funded interventions were decided by the beneficiaries themselves. We also provided support to the Ministry of Finance and Planning’s Covid Economic Recovery Unit including developing a Manufacturing Sector Strategy to help the resilience of this vital sector.
As we enter the last phase of the programme, we shall keep our eyes on the prize despite the complex working environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank all our partners for their resilience during this challenging time. We commit to continue working with them to ensure the vision of inclusive and sustainable development in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA) is achieved. I am proud of what we have been able to deliver for Uganda so far.