Uganda’s National Urban Policy: The Emerging Response to Poverty, Food Security and Gender in Urban Uganda
Uganda will release its first NUP in late 2013. As an explicitly pro-poor policy, the NUP has the potential to fill in gaps in existing national policy, which fail to adequately identify and respond to urban poverty, particularly in the overlapping areas of gender and food security. The NUP is being developed with input and support from a variety of international, national and local partners and stakeholders, who hold different priorities and levels of influence in producing, implementing and monitoring the final document. This policy brief points to the gaps and silences in Uganda’s urban strategy, specifically those linked to food security and gender. An examination of the policy process underway indicates that the NUP is unlikely to either respond directly to urban food insecurity or substantively reflect the multidimensional poverty needs of Uganda’s urban poor, particularly women. It may indirectly respond, however, by improving living conditions for some urban residents and creating greater efficiency in the administration of urban areas, particularly in cities at early stages of growth.
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