Greater Kampala

RCE Greater Kampala works to advance awareness, capacity building and appropriate action for ESD, environmental protection, and improvement in livelihoods and health for slum dwellers in Kampala.

Kampala, the Capital City in Uganda is located in the RCE Kampala region. Kampala is the administrative, political, commercial, industrial, and educational centre of Uganda. Part of Kampala is on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in the world and the largest (by surface area) fresh water lake in Africa.

Kampala City has the highest population, in comparison to other urban centers in Uganda. Uganda has one of the highest population growth rates in the world at 4 %. This presents an enormous challenge for that rate of growth to be sustainable.  At the same time, there has been rapid urbanization as substantially large numbers of people have moved from rural to urban areas to access basic services, which are still lacking in many rural areas and for employment opportunities. However rural to urban migration on this vast scale has not resulted in better opportunities for a large proportion of the population. Instead large numbers of people remain unemployed or in petty jobs, including cutting and burning trees for charchoal, contributing to deforestation and degradation of the environment.

At the same time, having large numbers of unemployed people in, and around Kampala, has contributed to rising crime rates and various forms of violence. In many slums on the fringes of Kampala City, overcrowding and water and sanitation issues are challenging. The majority of people in the slums on the outskirts of Kampala live below the poverty line. Given the issues noted, massive unsustainable energy use and amplified greenhouse gas emissions exacerbate carbon foot prints. There is an urgent need for effective strategies for positive outcomes and sustainable development.

 

Current Activities: 

  • Promote quality and inclusive education, and engagement by stakeholders in  ESD, preservation of the health of the environment and  improvement of  quality of life;
  • Promote tree planting, raise awareness and support action for reduction of climate impact;
  • Develop and implement a strategy to promote best practices in ESD and protect the environment through studies, documentation and dissemination of  best practices;
  • Develop and promote a strategy to advance knowledge sharing, awareness and capacity building for sustainable management and use of resources, sustainable consumption and production;
  • Develop and promote a strategy for improvement of livelihoods of slum dwellers in Kampala;  skill development and vocational education; and advance gender equality;
  • Develop a strategy to raise awareness and promote appropriate action for health and rights to address issues related to population growth in Kampala.
  • Progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 and 5,  SDGs 12 and 13,  SDGs 1 and 3

 

Contact: 

Susan K. Nandutu, Coordinator, RCE Greater Kampala and Faith Kadondi, RCE Greater Kampala            
Faculty, Makerere University Business School, Kampala Uganda
Email: rce.kampala@gmail.com,   ssnna2@gmail.com