Prof. Shuaib Lwasa (center, red circle) attended Round Table meeting at Oregon Zoo that brought together members of the InterTwine initiative that is working on urban nature in that region. Shuaib’s topic of presentation was “Attitudes towards urban conservation in Africa”, why building city resilience matters? It is noted that new construction in Kampala can be a course of action on integrating nature into the city. “But the attitudes toward urban conservation in Africa are very poor. Introducing and augmenting … Read More
If you have been following the global, regional, and local-level conversations about the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) and their implementation for example, UN’s Habitat III meeting, held in Quito, Ecuador.You have probably heard of or participated in providing clarity on the role of the private sector in achieving SDG 11, which calls on us to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Read more
Many cities still have green areas in various forms, despite the fragmentation of their ecosystems. The call for integration of built form with nature is now more explicit and can be discerned from the Sustainable Development Goals of 2015 as well as the New Urban Agenda of 2016. “Kampala, like many developing cities, has problems & opportunities. Its nature, if conserved, can enhance ecosystem services.” Read more
The UAL recently concluded another training workshop for students working on the Heterogeneous Infrastructures of Cities in Uganda Project (HICCUP) 3-year project from 17th to the 20th January 2018 at Makerere University. This workshop follows on from the first workshop which was held in August 2016. The focus of this workshop was mainly on research methods. In addition, the research team also started discussions for planning fieldwork which is scheduled to commence in September 2017.
Participants at the networking event engaged in discussions about leapfrogging as an alternative approach towards more sustainable cities in the global South.
The UN conference on Cities (UN-Habitat III) is 14 days away and a new study that is a comment in NATURE by an international team of researchers shows that fast-growing small (populations of 0.3-0.5 million) and medium-sized (0.5 to 5 million) cities, especially in Africa and Asia, need more attention. Research and political attention in the past has often been given to the growth of mega-cities, but it will be the rapidly growing small- and medium-sized cities where the success … Read More
Emerging innovative solutions to leapfrog urbanizing Africa for sustainability To move towards success and progress on Sustainable Development Goal 11, cities in Africa will have to deal with multi-dimensional aspects of urban development. Linking SDG’s, Climate Change Agreement and Sendai Framework for Disasters Risk reduction, cities in Africa will have to leapfrog to sustainability. Characterized largely as informal, leapfrogging may have to build on the informality foundation with diverse social, economic, physical and infrastructure systems that may offer some possibilities. … Read More
The UAL is conducting a training workshop between 22nd and 26th August 2016 at Makerere University. The workshop is a start up activity of a three-year research project dubbed Heterogeneous Infrastructures of Cities in Uganda Project (HICCUP). The project is implemented under a partnership between KTH, Makerere University and Florida State University and ACTogether on Urban infrastructure challenges of the Global-South with urban waste and sanitation technologies as the focus. The workshop is conducted by Henrik Ernstson, Jonathan Silver and … Read More