Strategy sessions for Kajjansi Junction area, Kampala

Kajjansi is a town in Wakiso District and nowadays integrated into the greater Kampala Metropolitan area, in Uganda. The Kajjansi area was always known for its market along the main connecting road from Kampala to Entebbe. It is now no longer only about the market since currently a junction is being built at Kajjansi, connecting Entebbe-Kampala Road to the Southern Bypass and the new Entebbe Expressway. Combine this with the planned Bus Rapid Transport System terminating at this place and one will see this creates a major change, challenges and opportunities for the area.

During the week of 3-7 October several co-creation sessions and a concluding strategy session with governmental partners, local authorities and stakeholders, DASUDA, TwentyOne and ULGA have defined together a strategy for the future development of Kajjansi Junction while maintaining the local quality, considering the three main aspects of mobility, urban development and inclusive business.

The Kajjansi Junction has been analysed as part of a mobility network connecting Kampala and Entebbe. In this network, Entebbe Road can become an urban boulevard with public space, pedestrian friendly areas, accessible street front because the new Entebbe Expressway is going to be opened soon, opening up space at the Kajjansi area. This can also be transformed to integrate a public transport system into the street section in the future. Nevertheless in the current situation the Kajjansi market at Entebbe road is under pressure due to the construction of the new bypass and risks to become inaccessible, disconnected and bypassed. The strategy for the urban development of this area should create an added value that will lead to an addition to area-budget, cross subsidy solutions and sustainable and social development of an integral city node.

At the end of the week all the stakeholders were invited to endorse the strategy for Kajjansi Junction area development and to take responsibility for the next steps.

Capacity building on Spatial Planning for Agro industrial business Development (SPAD) in Kenya

DASUDA have been working on the topic of spatial planning for agro industrial development in Kenya with the RAIN project over the last year. DASUDA is part of the consortium with the Centre for International Cooperation of VU Amsterdam (CIS-VU) that has been awarded a grant part of the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE), a Netherlands-funded development cooperation programme, to enhance the theme of spatial planning for agro industrial business development in Kenya. The main beneficiaries of this project will be the staff and students of the School of Planning and Architecture at Maseno University (MU-SPA).The project will contribute to curriculum development, interdisciplinary research, and tailormade training and counselling services in the field of spatial planning for agro industrial business and policy development. The contributions will be a joint effort of Dutch and Kenyan partners from scientific, business and governmental institutes, including VU’s Athena Institute (FALW), Spatial Information Laboratory (SPINlab), Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), and Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies (FALW/FEWEB), the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Moi University in Kenya. DASUDA is enabled to build on ongoing research and implementation driven development of the RAIN (Regional Agro Industrial Networks) projects with this program and looks forward to contribute in the coming four years to a sustained next step in spatial economic development in one of Kenya’s culturally strong potential sectors.

East & Central African Cities Development Forum

The DASUDA team took part as partner of KCCA at the East and Central African Cities Development forum held the 24th and 25th of May in Kampala, Uganda.

With a theme “Building inclusive growth and livability in African cities” the forum hosted speakers from 15 countries and was a platform to discuss about the future urban agenda of East and Central Africa Region, identifying and implementing key strategic priorities. It was also an opportunity for sharing, learning and developing a program of action to address the major urbanization challenges in the cities.

Over 300 particpants among city administrators, national and international professionals and investors attended the two days forum.

A key note lecture about partnerships and PPP policies was delivered by the ambassador of the kingdom of the Netherlands Alphons Hennekens followed by a keynote by Robert van Kats of DASUDA addressing the forum on collaboration with local partners to develop local solutions for urban issues.

After the keynotes speeches in the morning session, 8 parallel sessions in the afternoon gave the opportunity to discuss about:

  • Inclusive growth, Slum Upgrade and Engendering Rapid Urbanization.
  • Firm Productivity, Trade and Growth of the City Economy.
  • Urban Governance, Transformational Leadership and Citizen Accountability
  • Climate Change, Urban Resilience and Disaster Risk Management
  • Spatial Planning, Infrastructure, Mobility and Housing
  • Water, Sanitation and Urban Health.
  • Urban Data, Research Capacity and Smart city
  • Municipal Financing, PPP’s and Alternative Financing Mechanisms

On behalf of DASUDA, Robert van Kats, Femi Adewole of Shelter Afrique, Koen van Baekel of Rebel Group, Diana Carolina Ramos of Move Mobility, Amanda Ngabirano of Makerere University, and Jacob Byamukama of KCCA gave lectures about Spatial Planning, Infrastructure, Mobility and Housing.

After the two-day engagement, the city administrators signed on to the Kampala declaration that is a roadmap to ensure continuity of the engagements in building inclusive cities. The Netherlands Embassy, DASUDA Uganda, KCCA and local partners will continue building on implementation of local solutions towards inclusive growth and livability in African cities.

For more information about the forum visit www.eacdf.com

Spatial planning workshops in Kiambu and Uasin Gishu

Large parts of Kenya face rapid urbanization. Counties are now responsible for spatial planning, since devolution gave them the power and obligation to take care of the physical aspects of their piece of Kenya.

DASUDA worked in collaboration with RVO and Rebel Group in a second workshop series of the RAIN project on urban planning principles in the county of Kiambu and the county of Uasin Gishu. Focusing on data validation, mapping and Geo Information System use and the advantages of a coherent information system and being able to combine various layers of information on topographical maps.

Key element of the DASUDA approach is the interdisciplinary setting of the work team in an early stage. We were very fond of the fact that although the RAIN concept and strategy phase still has to commence, the local teams were already participating with spatial planners, economists, trade experts and responsible officers for agriculture, environment and roads en works.

The parallel program of our economist team to have an on-ground soft market testing with companies throughout the county added the findings on challenges and qualities from a business perspective. This effort made it possible to review the available data and link the dots between sectoral information and business experience and created a comprehensive integral insight .

We are looking forward to the next phases to achieve an urban planning context that secures a spot on investment in agro-industrial business environment .

CSR Netherlands launches new community TwentyOne

TwentyOne is a new online and offline international network of businesses, governments and citizens. They bring together public support, specific capabilities and innovation to create solutions for complex urban issues.

CSR Netherlands launches this network of ‘changemakers’ as a follow up to the ICSR programme around Sustainable Urban Development, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Fund for Creative Industry.

Cities are the areas of big social issues. Governments alone cannot solve these. Citizens, the private sector and governments will have to work together in this. During the CSR Netherlands New Year’s event on January 21st various parties connected to TwentyOne.

DASUDA is an active partner of CSR Netherlands and collaborates with great pleasure to the TwentyOne network with projects like Kumasi Circular Town in Ghana and Kajjansi Market in Kampala, Uganda. Read more about this challenge on the TwentyOne community!

Want to get involved in TwentyOne?

Are you aware of a challenge or solution for your own or any other city? Create a profile on www.twentyone.futureproof.community and find partners to further your mission.