Country Programme - Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda: A Secondary Cities Support Programme (TSUPU)



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Secondary Cities
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The Cities Alliance has packaged a global project entitled Land, Services and Citizenship for the Urban Poor. Working with a limited number of developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the Cities Alliance and its members will assist in the development of citywide strategies to upgrade existing slums and help cities and their citizens plan and implement strategies for future growth. Uganda is the first country of implementation.
1) At least 50,000 slum dweller households living within five selected municipalities actively engage in both securing their rights and honouring their responsibilities through improved urban governance and formalisation;  2) At least 50,000 slum dweller households living within five selected municipalities improve their qualitative and quantitative access to municipal services;  3) The Government of Uganda (national and sub-national) in partnership with interested stakeholders develops effective and efficient inclusive urban development policies and strategies, enabling the better management of future urban growth and positively affecting the lives of 200,000 slum dweller households.
1) Activities for Objective 1: 1.1) Set-Up phase of the project 1.2) Capture and expand Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) learning with approach to "Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens";  1.3) The establishment of national and municipality-wide Development Forums;  1.4) Registration and survey of all households and small businesses located within slum settlements; 1.5) The formation of local savings groups; 1.6) Participatory action research into issues that affect access to land and increased security of tenure of the urban poor 2) Activities for Objective 2: 2.1) Formation and capacity building of settlement-level urban poor organisations; 2.2) The development of Municipal Development Strategies; 2.3) The development of detailed municipal Slum Upgrading Action Plans; 2.4) The establishment of Community Upgrading Funds in each participating municipality; 2.5) Support for identified improvements in municipal management and planning systems; 3) Activities for Objective 3: 3.1) The establishment of the National Urban Development Forum; 3.2) The commissioning of action research into defined urban problems identified at the National Urban Development Forum; 3.3) The development of a National Urban Campaign; 3.4) Support the integration of Makerere Unviersity into the broader urban development agenda through internships and public lectures; 3.5) The development of a municipal institutional leadership programme; and 3.6) Development of the National Urban Policy and Strategic Urban Development Plan for Uganda
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Strengthened capacity and resources available to the urban poor, better enabling them to enter into development partnerships with the local government;  2) Communities and local governments enabled to (i) extend basic services to informal/slum areas; (ii) formalise existing settlements, with land adjustments as necessary; and (iii) make appropriate provisions for future growth.