How Ugandans are mapping their neighborhoods to Solve Energy and Health-Related Risks

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The Urban Action Lab of Makerere University Uganda, is a lead partner of Co-designing Energy Communities (CO-DEC), a collaborative research project in Kampala and Nairobi, which is fostering cross-sector learning amongst university students and local community members to scale up local energy solutions, such as briquette-making, and create highly accurate maps of risk-prone businesses, infrastructure and residential dwellings, in regards to the use of traditional and modern energy sources. The community co-researchers collaborated with academics from Makerere University to map their own neigbourhood of Kasubi-Kawaala, in order to address in-and outdoor air pollution associated with poor management of wastes, leaky toilet seals and sewer pits, the use of biomass and fossil fuels from the informal urban economy.The maps were boundary objects for community-led learning and action that linked participating organisations and individual co-researchers to local sustainability-oriented experiments around regenerative use of wastes for energy briquettes; planting of indigenous trees with leafy canopies that reduce air pollutants in homesteads and around business premises; while building consensus on the policy options for enabling actors from Kampala Capital City Authority to own and energetically pursue an agenda for scaling up alternative energy solutions that bring about co-benefits in the health and housing sector. Click here for the full report