Shack/Slum Dwellers International: Transforming Settlements of the Urban Poor in Uganda: A Secondary Cities Support Programme (TSUPU)



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Proposal Focus
Core Focus
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 to help cities and their citizen’s plan and implement strategies for future growth. Uganda is the first country of implementation.
1) At least 50 000 slum dweller households living within the 5 selected municipalities to actively engage in both securing their rights and honoring their responsibilities through improved urban governance and formalization; 2) At least 50 000 slum dweller households living within the 5 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 positively affecting the lives of 200 000 slum dweller households.
1) The development of a “Rights and Responsibilities of citizens” awareness and skills training programme targeting both government officials and slum dwellers; 2) The establishment of national and municipality wide Development Forums; 3) Formation and capacity building of local area based residential organizations; 4) Support the capacity of Municipalities and universities; 5) The design and capitalization of municipality specific Community Upgrading Funds that are jointly managed by area based slum dweller organizations and local authorities; 6) The development of Municipal Development and Slum Upgrading Strategies; 7) The promotion of increased security of tenure through the establishment of systems that clearly define and protect rights and responsibilities attached to urban land ownership and occupation.
Expected Impacts and Results
1) Strengthening the 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) formalize existing settlements, with land adjustments as necessary; and (iii) make appropriate provisions for future growth.