Video case study: Rapid urbanisation in Uganda

Video case study: Rapid urbanisation in Uganda

As Uganda embarks on accelerating its economic development, the Government is taking conscious steps to ensure
that growth is socially inclusive and that the protection of the environment is upheld.

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Uganda's Vision 2040 and the accompanying Second National Development Plan 2015/16 – 2019/20 sets out how Uganda will embark on accelerating its sustainable economic development. Through this strategic planning framework, the Government is taking conscious steps to ensure that growth is economically inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

The New Climate Economy (Global Commission on the Economy and Climate), the Coalition for Urban Transitions and the Global Green Growth Institute, working with the Economic Policy Research Centre in Uganda, conducted extensive research and analysis on the green growth and urbanisation potential of the country.

PwC led and coordinated the technical project delivery which analysed a range of investment opportunities for greener and stronger growth, focusing specifically on the potential that cities can bring in Uganda as the country experiences rapid urbanisation. The reports demonstrates that sustainable economic, social and environmental development have the potential to support a 10% boost to GDP and 4 million jobs by 2040, as well as positioning Uganda as a green growth leader in the region.

In addition, a new urban growth model that encourages a more compact, connected national transition by 2040 can increase access to basic services by one third, reduce aggregate infrastructure investment needs, and also reduce greenhouse gases to be consistent with Uganda's commitments under the UNFCCC Paris Agreement 2015.

The Government of Uganda, engaged via the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED) has been involved and has guided the team throughout the project. This work will now support improved medium and long-term planning of development interventions aimed at generating sustainable economic growth for Uganda.

The project produced two main research outputs that are supporting Ugandan growth policy: Achieving Uganda’s Development Ambition: The Economic Impact of Green Growth – An Agenda for Action and Achieving Uganda’s Development Ambition: Better Growth, Better Cities

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