Victoria University in partnership with the Centre for Urban Studies and Research, is organizing a half day public dialogue focusing on urban governance in Uganda. The proposed public dialogue is scheduled for today, 7th April 2016 starting at 2.00pm and end at 5.30Pm, at Victoria University main campus, Jinja Road, Kampala.
Participants will discuss and share knowledge on how good urban governance and management can be promoted to improve service delivery, reduce urban poverty, improve urban productivity, create jobs for youth, address the challenge of climate change, establish inclusive cities and achieve the 17 newly introduced United Nations Sustainable Development Goals among others.
The Guest Speaker will be Associate Professor Sabiiti Makara of Makerere University.
The theme for discussion is: ‘Promoting Good Urban Governance in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities’.
Specifically, the public dialogue aims to achieve the following objectives
- Provide a deeper understanding of what good urban governance is to the participants.
- Raise public awareness about the emerging urban governance and management issues and challenges
- Identify best practices that could be adopted in Uganda for better management of towns and cities
- Identify key areas that require capacity building for better service delivery in towns and cities
- Provide a platform for various stakeholders including urban managers, the private sector, political leaders, civil society organizations, academia and development partners to network and share knowledge.
Participants will include: government officials, newly elected political leaders, policy makers, development partners, academia, town managers, practitioners and urban governance researchers and all interested parties.
A panel of experts comprising of Dr. Ian Senkatuka (Chairperson National Physical Planning Board), Dr. Kiggundu Amin (Makerere University/Centre for Urban Studies and Research) and Mr. Samuel Mabala, (Cities Alliance’s Country Manager in Uganda), who will identify and discuss emerging urban governance and management issues from the Guest Speaker’s presentation.
When asked about the event, Oscar Kamukama, the marketing and recruitment specialist of Victoria University had this to say. “Many from near and far are highly anticipating this event and we expect a huge turnup today. The event is one of a kind and is for a good cause.” he said.