(Grant) Country Programme: Uganda - Preparation of Municipal Development Strategies (MDS) for Fourteen Municipalities / Secondary Cities in Uganda



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Secondary Cities
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The context of the project is twofold: 1. Urbanization in Uganda is fast picking as a national development concern arising out of the growing population – predominantly a young population - that lives in town, rural growth centers and neighboring settlements. Currently, the country has one city, 22 municipalities/ secondary cities, 98 Town councils, and 207 Town Boards. According to the Ministry and the national estimated statistics, about 15% of Uganda’s population is estimated to live in urban areas. Although this is still a moderate level of urbanization, Uganda is experiencing a high rate of urban growth exceeding 5% per annum and estimated to rise to 30% of the Ugandan population by 2035. The trend is mainly attributed to high rural-urban migration rate, rapid population growth in urban areas, and emergence of new urban centers through unprecedented creation of new local governments, uncontrolled growth and expansion of existing urban areas over time. In Northern Uganda, urbanization follows traditional trends in addition to the forced settlements in the Internally Displaced Peoples Camps (IDPCs) which are fast evolving into satellite towns. This project is therefore designed in order to give support in preparing 14 secondary cities/ municipalities for the future urban development. 2. In relation to the institutional framework on matters pertaining to governance and planning, there are mainly two ministries mandated to carry out the planning function. The Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development that is specifically mandated to execute the following functions: ensure rational and sustainable use, effective management of land and orderly development of urban and rural areas as well as safe, planned and adequate housing for socio-economic development. The Ministry of Local Government is mandated to carry out the following functions: to inspect, monitor and where necessary offer technical advice/assistance, support supervision and training to all local governments; to coordinate and advise local governments for purposes of harmonization and advocacy; to act as a liaison/linkage Ministry with respect to other Central Government Ministries and Departments, parastatals, Private Sector, Regional and International Organizations.
The project is intended to promote a visionary, long-term, participatory and pro-active planning with the aim of preparing 14 secondary cities/ municipalities to be able to sustainably accommodate future urban development. This will be accomplished through a broad-based stakeholders’ participation and consensus building on negotiated priorities. Specific Project Objectives 1) To study and analyze the municipal/ secondary cities situation in terms of urban development and be able to forecast as well as plan the future of urban development. 2) To ensure increased stakeholders’ engagement in municipal governance, planning and management. To propose a Municipal Development Strategy that will ensure sustainable development of 3) the secondary cities/ municipalities. 4) To provide a strategic municipal planning framework that will attract and promote public and private investment. 5) To create a linkage between municipal development plans and incoming potential municipal funding/ resources (such as USMID)
1. Project orientation and training on the MDS preparation process for the key actors and technical officers both at national and municipal levels Preparation of a training manual on the Municipal Development Strategies. Development of project performance monitoring and evaluation indicators. Training of the technical officers and representatives of the other project Implementing agencies at national level on the concept of MDS. Training of technical officers from the Municipalities and the Executive Committees of the Municipal development Forums. In-depth training constitution and equipping of the Trainers of Trainers Team that will facilitate the overall process of preparing the Municipal Development Strategies for the benefiting 14 secondary cities 2. Municipal situation analysis/profiling and MDS formulation/preparation Updating the original five TSUPU Municipal Councils’ city profile Conduct an elaborative city profile/status baseline study in the remaining nine secondary cities/municipalities. Establishment of working groups under the Municipal Urban Forums to brainstorm further on the thematic areas crucial to the MDS preparation process City-to-city exchange programmes. Documentation and compilation of data from the established working groups on the process of developing the MDS for the 14 secondary cities. Preparation of draft MDS. Reconvene stakeholders’ meetings/ forums to discuss draft MDS for finalization Development of the final MDS documents Organize a launch of the developed MDS in each of the 14 secondary cities/municipalities 3. Dissemination, publicity & media coverage on the MDS preparatory process. MDS Preparation process ongoing publicity (media coverage) and information production (newspaper supplements, newsletters, fliers and brochures etc.). Convene stakeholders’ meetings to discuss the findings of the final project evaluation and also to discuss individual local municipal experiences as regard to the project for purposes of documentation. Convene a national workshop/ meeting through the Uganda National Urban Forum to cause dialogue on the entire project experience and capture recommendations for future application. Preparation and production of the final MDS project capitalization document. 4. Project monitoring and evaluation Project midterm reviews End term project evaluation
Expected Impacts and Results
Expected outcomes of MDS development process will include the following: 1) Development of institutional capacities. Empowerment of national and municipal technical officers with skills on preparation of Municipal Development Strategies. 2) Increased local stakeholders’ engagement and social responsibility in urban development and urban management. 3) Innovation and learning, greater transparency in decision making at the municipal level. 4) Increased collaboration and partnerships amongst the key actors in municipal governance, planning and management. 5) Consensus on priority areas, key objectives and a vision of action for each of the 14 secondary cities. 6) More effective selection and proposals on priority projects for consideration under the USMID Programme in each of the 14 municipalities. Further outcomes are expected upon successful implementation of the prepared MDS for each of the 14 secondary cities/ municipalities involved: 1) Sustainable land use planning. 2) Improved basic infrastructure provision and service delivery. Increased access to municipal services for the urban poor. 3) Increased capital investment and domestic revenue collection. 4) Boosting local economic development activities (particularly involving the youth) within the municipalities. 5) Environmental conservation and preservation. Exploring sustainable and renewable energy sources most especially for the urban poor