Kampala  Module









January 2020 (precise date to follow)

  • “In my opinion Kuala Lumpur was the best module so far for two reasons: it was my first opportunity to engage with the amazing group of students. Additionally, Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya, Putrajaya are urban contexts unbelievably diverse from Europe, and that was fascinating”

Kampala is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. According to recent estimates, the night-time population is 1.5 million but this could reach 9.1 million people as soon as 2050. Kampala already produces over 60% of GDP for Uganda as a whole. Therefore, well-managed urbanisation provides the single biggest opportunity for growth for Uganda in the coming decade. Improving infrastructure to enhance connectivity and density will support productivity growth in the city and thus for the country overall. However, these improvements will require large investments. Therefore, the main questions in the context of Kampala are:

  1. How can rapidly growing cities balance efforts between investing in infrastructure for the majority of the city that is still to be built in the future, versus retrofitting the parts of the city that are already there?
  2. Which options do cities in resource-constrained economies have to finance infrastructure investments?
  3. How can transportation and other infrastructures be introduced into already crowded environments?

Participants will attend lectures, workshops and field visits throughout the 11 days of training. The following four infrastructures and topical areas will be covered:

  1. Transportation
  2. Housing
  3. Water
  4. Energy
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