Unlocking the Economic Potential of Greater Kampala for Increased Productivity and Growth
National Planning Authority
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The rapid population growth in Kampala City, amidst widespread underemployment and a dominant informal sector, has caused structural and socio-economic challenges, including: the lack of an integrated transport system; mismanagement of the environment; unplanned settlements; spiraling urban poverty, exacerbated by poor infrastructure for markets, water and health service systems, housing, solid waste management; as well as overcrowding, congestion and pollution. These challenges are contributed to and affect wider areas that surround the city, including; Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi districts. There is therefore, need for coordinated investments across the GKMA in order to address these challenges. To this end, the National Planning Authority (NPA), working together with the different stakeholders in GKMA, developed a Greater Kampala Development Strategy, which is based on four pillars, namely; job creation, improved livability, sustainable development, and united for all citizens of GKMA. The Strategy is a true example of an integrated planning framework for ensuring efficiency and effectiveness of existing resources and for resource mobilization and creating synergies. This policy brief highlights key priority focus areas identified in the strategy to improve the productivity and competitiveness of GKMA and the prerequisites for holistically unlocking the potential of the Greater Kampala, including: (i) a conducive legal framework, (ii) a coordinated and efficient institutional framework, (iii) coordinated and integrated planning, and; (iv) a financial and resource mobilization framework.
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