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KCCA Partners with UNDP to Resolve City Challenges

Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Deputy Executive Director of KCCA, says this partnership is to focus on solving major challenges facing the city including building urban resilience in slums/informal settlements and integrating the informal economy.
01 Dec 2020 19:04
Deputy Executive Director David Luyimbazi addressing journalists

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Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has partnered with United Nations Development Programme-UNDP to support in solving urban challenges in the city. The public is invited to participating in suggesting solutions to the city's myriad problems. 

Addressing journalists at the KCCA headquarters on Tuesday, Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Deputy Executive Director of KCCA, said this partnership is to focus on solving major challenges facing the city including building urban resilience in slums and informal settlements and integrating the informal economy.

He explained that the rural-urban migration that is happening at a high rate and limited investment to upgrade the critical infrastructure in the city has led to people opting for slums and informal settlements.

According to assessments by KCCA, Luyimbazi stated the rather obvious fact that, “People in these areas have limited access to health care, good education and all manner of opportunity”. 

Besides transforming informal settlements, he added this is to also solve the challenge of digitalizing the informal economy.

“Not being able to access financial institutions forces many of the informal workers and businesses to rely on exclusively highly risky informal short term lenders which exposes them to high interest rates, which is a major problem that keeps people permanently in poverty,” Luyimbaazi said.

He added that the challenge will also look at how to protect the vulnerable by providing them opportunities to get out of poverty.

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Innocent Fred Ejolu, a representative of UNDP and the Head of Partnerships and Innovation, said about 80% of the economy is in the informal sector with a big problem of youth unemployment, housing deficit, traffic congestion, vulnerability to disasters among others and this challenge is aimed at tackling these issues by engaging the stakeholders who are most affected by encountering them.

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He said their target is the business sector, civil society, and farmers among others so as to discover more challenges and implement innovative solutions.

Luyimbazi invited all residents and citizens of Kampala to drop their proposals and ideas that have a high impact and low cost interventions  that easily can be implemented to boost the informal sectors in Africa. 

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Ejolu noted that this partnership will be driven on the theme dubbed “2020 multi city challenge” starting today and it will end on December 13th, 2020. 

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