Constraints to Urban Planning and Management of Secondary Towns in Uganda

By Kiggundu, Amin Tamale | The Indonesian Journal of Geography, June 2014 | Go to article overview

Constraints to Urban Planning and Management of Secondary Towns in Uganda


Kiggundu, Amin Tamale, The Indonesian Journal of Geography


I. Introduction

Like most countries in Sub Saharan Africa, Uganda is experiencing rapid urbanisation. About 19% of the Uganda's population lives in urban areas and it is projected that by 2050 half of Uganda's population will be living in urban centres. Uganda's annual urban growth rate of 5.1 % is one of the highest in Africa. Due to institutional fragility as well as the failure to implement existing physical development plans however, most urban residents in Uganda live in informal settlements. (Figure 1)

Aside from a few municipalities like Jinja and Mbale that benefited from the initial colonial town development programme, most secondary towns in Uganda have been growing and expanding without a clear physical development strategy. Development in most secondary. In the absence of a coherent land compensation policy as well as the numerous weaknesses and constraints associated with existing municipal funding systems such as the National Road Fund (NRF) as well as the conditional grants from the central government, secondary towns with small local revenue base continues to grapple with the challenge of funding basic infrastructure such as roads, piped water and schools.

This study aims to understand and examine the constraints to physical planning as well as the management of secondary towns in Uganda. Research results are presented and discussed under various sections. Section one focuses on the background of the study. This is followed by a section on the objectives of the study. Next to this is the research methodology, followed by the scope of the study, key features of the secondary towns, current planning strategy in Uganda, urban management in Uganda, challenges and constraints to planning, best practices, conclusion and policy recommendations.

2. The Methods

The overall objective of this study is to examine the constraints to urban planning and management in secondary towns in Uganda. Specifically, the study aims to: (i) examine the current urban planning strategies and management styles in secondary towns in Uganda, (ii) examine the effectiveness of the current planning and management systems in promoting orderly urban development and providing basic infrastructure, and (iii) identify and examine the best practices from international experiences that are transferable to Uganda for better planning and management of secondary towns.

The study applied an eclectic mix of research methods. Specifically, the researchers used observation as well as face to face interviews to collect the required information. Face to face interviews targeting key informants such as representatives of Slum Dwellers International (SDI), representatives of Actogether, municipal officials, members of the municipal urban forum and local community leaders were carried out in the five TSUPU project towns of Mbale, Jinja, Arua, Mbarara and Kabale. An interview schedule was also used to carry out face to face interviews.

The selected key informants and stakeholders were targeted because: (a) they were knowledgeable about the issues being investigated in the five secondary towns; (b) there was need to assess the extent to which they areinvolved in promoting physical planning and good urban governance; (c) some of them are directly involved in the implementation of government programmes. Extensive review of the existing literature on slum development in Uganda and other countries was also carried out by the researchers. Slum profile reports prepared by Actogether and Slum Dwellers (SDI) in the secondary towns also reviewed. Best practices were identified for adoption in Uganda.

The study focused on slum settlements in secondary towns of Mbarara, Arua, Kabale, Jinja and Mbale. It also examined the constraints to physical planning and management in the five TSUPU project towns. TSUPU means the Secondary Cities Support Programme for Transforming Settlements for the Urban Poor in Uganda. The TSUPU project is funded by the World Bank and Cities Alliance. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Constraints to Urban Planning and Management of Secondary Towns in Uganda
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.