Issues of urban governance will dominate a public dialogue organized by Victoria University in partnership with the Centre for Urban Studies and Research. The meeting will take place on 7th April 2016, at Victoria University main campus, Jinja Road, Kampala, starting at 2.00pm and end at 5.30Pm.
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.
Professor Sabiiti Makara of Makerere University, as guest speaker, will headline the public dialogue under the theme ‘Promoting Good Urban Governance in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities’.
Other participants will include government officials, 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), will identify and discuss emerging urban governance and management issues together with the audience.
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.