New Publication on “The urban south and the predicament of global sustainability”

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“The urban south and the predicament of global sustainability Harini Nagendra, Xuemei Bai, Eduardo S. Brondizio & Shuaib Lwasa Nature Sustainabilityvolume 1, pages341–349 (2018) Abstract Urbanization is a global phenomenon with strong sustainability implications across multiple scales. We argue that much of the associated challenges, and opportunities, are found in the global south. We show that urban issues in the global south are distinctly and statistically different from those in the global north, but our current urban knowledge is predominantly … Read More

KCCA HOLDS THE THIRD KAMPALA PUBLIC –PRIVATE WASTE WATER DIALOGUE (KWWD) 2018

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KCCA holds the third Kampala Public- Private Waste Water dialogue with the theme: Collaborated planning towards amicable actions for a pollution free Kampala city on the 8th of June 2018 at Speke Resort Munyono. The dialogue was attended by different Pollution Control Task Force made up of KCCA, NWSC, DWRM and NEMA supported by GIZ and IWaSP. UMA, UPCP as the industrial sector support and other actors like the ministry of Water, the Academia, Environment Alert etc. Prof Shuaib Lwasa … Read More

The World Resources Institute is to launch a World Resources Report Towards a More Equal City,series

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Announcement of the launch by the World Resources Report (WRR),Towards a More Equal City,series. The paper is entitled,Including the Excluded: Supporting Informal Workers for More Equal and Productive Cities in the Global South, co-authored with WIEGO. The launch event will be held in WRI’s office in D.C. Please find all the information here Click here for more information.

Building Cities’ Biodiversity Portfolios: The Mapping of Urban Natural Assets in Kampala City, Uganda

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Ecosystems health is in so many ways a premise to human wellbeing. Well-functioning ecosystems provide a steady flow of goods and services including but not limited to food, climate regulation, nutrient cycling, and aesthetic amenities. Today, however, many ecosystems and the services they provide are under increasing pressure most so in the densely populated urban areas. Kampala city with a day time human population of about 3 million people and an annual population growth rate of 4% was ranked as … Read More

THE NINTH WORLD URBAN FORUM (WUF 9) KUALA LUMPUR 07 FEB – 13 FEB REPORT

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The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) held since 2002. The Forum gathers a wide range of participants including, but are not limited to, national, regional and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, professionals, research institutions and academies, professionals, private sector, development finance institutions, foundations, media and United Nations organizations and other international agencies. The Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), took place in Kuala Lumpur, … Read More

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 … Read More

UAL hosts INTALInC workshop on ‘Transport and Mobility: Pathways to Transformation’ on the 23rd -24th Jan 2018 at Makerere University.

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UAL hosted a workshop on transport and mobility pathways to transformation held at Makerere University. It is the fourth INTALInC international research into practice workshop with nearly 30 delegates in attendance, representing local stakeholders and universities in Ghana, Nigeria,  the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds UK  the University of Manchester and Durham University UK. The workshop Highlights include; Transforming land use planning for mobility, making neighbourhoods walkable, and affordable. The core aim of transport planning must … Read More

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

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