Uganda Housing Cooperative Union Ltd engages stakeholders in a dialogue

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Uganda Housing Cooperatives Ltd engages stakeholders in dialogue on affordable housing In Kampala on 2nd November 2017. Affordable housing; is it a myth or reality? Uganda Housing Cooperatives gathered stakeholders from across to answer this question. Therese included academia, government of Uganda, private sector and civic organization. Prof Shuaib Lwasa from Makerere University Urban Action Lab attended the workshop and made a presentation on “research and practice towards achieving affordability”. Key points from his presentation were housing can’t not be viewed as is a product … Read More

Flattening the hierarchies between academics and community agents in research for sustainable energy communities in Kampala City, Uganda

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As part of its approach to changing the culture of knowledge creation, through collaborative learnings amongst academic researchers, community representatives and policy actors, the Urban Action Lab (UAL) Makerere University Uganda in partnership with the Living Lab of University of Nairobi, has enhanced the collaborative learning capacities of postgraduate students at the Department of Geography and Community representatives from Kasubi-Kawaala. With support from the International Social Science Council (ISSC), under a SIDA-funded project, dubbed: co-designing energy communities (CODEC), research questions, … Read More

Enroll for the (Massive Open Online Course): “Planning for Climate Change in African Cities”

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IHS, the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam is launching their 1st MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): “Planning for Climate Change in African Cities” and I’m teaching.  Developed in collaboration with the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG) and Erasmus University Rotterdam, this free MOOC is 5 weeks and it offers the basics of urban resilience and adaptation, climate change planning, and policy assessment tools. Who is this class for?  The course is open to students and professionals … Read More

WRI Ross Center Convenes Urban Experts to Explore Innovation in African Cities

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WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Convened Urban Experts in Nairobi, Kenya for a Workshop on Equal Cities for All in Nairobi, Kenya on June 28, 2017. Can we have cities that grow sustainably while providing opportunity for all? At a workshop in Nairobi, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities gathered stakeholders from across sub-Saharan Africa to help answer this question. Participants came from academia, urban planning, business, the technology sector, community groups and other areas, to discuss methods for … Read More

Peter Kasaija of UAL Joins Other Partners in 2nd International Network for Transport in Low Income Countries (INTALInC) Workshop at University of Cape Coast, Ghana

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Following on from the foundations set earlier in February, 2017, INTALInC partners converged at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana from 22nd – 23rd May, 2017, for a 2-day workshop to deliberate the mobility needs of vulnerable populations in developing countries. The workshop was attended by some of the network’s partners from the University of Leeds (UK), Durham University (UK), Lagos State University (Nigeria), Urban Action Lab – UAL of Makerere University (Uganda) and of course, the host institution, … Read More

Prof. Lwasa attended Round Table meeting at Oregon Zoo

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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

How Do We Get the Private Sector to “Walk the Walk” on the SDG for Cities?

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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  

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