Affordable Eco-friendly Housing Project in Makindye Ssabagabo and Nansana Municipalities


Amount Raised


Total Investors

Project Overview

Project will provide decent affordable housing and complimentary amenities to low income urban dwellers without disrupting existing socio-economic settings resulting to planned dwellings. This will improve livability and build resilience to indecent housing related vulnerabilities like crime/terrorism, sexual and drug abuse, poor sanitation and health prostitution, indiscriminate waste disposal and flooding.


  • Affordable Housing
Funding Goal



Progress Tracker


  • Phase 1 (Completed)

    Initiation Makindye Ssabagabo Local Government was a Sub county under Wakiso District till 2016 when it was elevated to Municipal status in 2016, prior to being elevated to a Municipal Council, Wakiso District was incharge the physical planning docket and alot of indiscriminate and sub standard developments took place because the District did not have enough resources to adequately manage the physical planning function. This was compounded by the proximity of the entity to the capital city Kampala and high population density. Makindye Ssabagabo therefore spearheaded the initiative but linked up with Nansana Municipality which also faced similar challenges and decided to undertake a project to address challenge of insufficient, inadequate housing and unplanned developments. Since the entities lacked funds to fully finance the project, development partners were sought. The Mayors from the two entities signed a consortium agreement committing to undertake the project after the two councils had endorsed the project. An interim project team comprising largely of existing technical officers from the two entities was constituted to start the first phase of the project, this has been working with other stakeholders from Ministry of Local Government plus Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development and Makerere University. Initiatives to bring on board big land lords and utility companies are on going. Deep consultations with project beneficiaries and Feasibility studies are yet to be undertaken or carried out respectively. At this stage the entities are committed to rehabilitate and maintain some of the some of the roads in anticipated project areas. It is anticipated that the project will run for five years The entity still needs technical assistance to finalise this phase.

  • Phase 2

  • Phase 3

  • Phase 4

  • Phase 5

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Project Milestones


ESG Impact

Housing is a basic human right, essential for the well-being of all mankind. The 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, under the General Social and Economic Objectives guarantees to fulfill the fundamental rights of all Ugandans to social justice, economic development, enjoying rights and opportunities and access to clean and safe water, health and decent shelter amongst others.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 recognizes the right to housing as an important component of human rights. Subsequent international declarations such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966, Agenda 21 of 1992, the Istanbul Declaration and Habitat Agenda of 1996; and the Sustainable Development Goals have further re- affirmed the importance of the right to housing. The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (1986) recognizes the right to adequate housing and shelter as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the same vain, the East African Community Treaty also recognizes the right to adequate housing. The overall housing situation in the country is characterized by inadequate housing in terms of quality and quantity both in rural and urban areas with a housing deficit of about 1.6 million housing units, out of which 210,000 units are needed in the urban areas. An estimated 900,000 housing units are sub-standard and need replacement or upgrading. (Uganda National Housing Policy 2016) Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality recognizes the strategic social and economic importance of housing in the local economy and particularly to the socio economic transformation of the country as highlighted in Vision 2040. It is the Municipalities’ policy to ensure that every family lives in a decent and affordable house that meets the necessary requirements of safety, security of tenure, health, privacy and protection from the weather adversities. Overall there will be both improved and accessibility to decent housing due to the affordable nature of the housing units envisaged under the project. The objective of the project is to come up with actions to effectively and sustainably address the acute housing shortages as per the Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world (SDGs 7, 9, 11, 17). While addressing housing needs for all categories of people; low income class, the project will address the problem of the escalating slums and informal settlements in the area and related challenges crime, disease, prostitution, flooding. The project will reduce vulnerabilities and bridge the gap between the living conditions of low income and high incomes residents and visitors. A competition will be organized to identify local and national service providers to come up with designs for affordable eco-friendly houses, this will provide an opportunity to tap into the local and international construction sector through the utilization of quality locally and internationally available expertise, construction and roofing materials. The project will enhance employment creation, particularly for the youth (skilled, semi and unskilled). Uganda has the world’s youngest population with over 78 percent of its population below the age of 30. With just under eight million youth aged 15-30, the country also has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Vulnerable categories especially women and elderly will easily get access to loans to engage in other economic activities due to their possession of collateral security in form of the houses. Additionally the improved living conditions will promote better health and reduced expenses on medical and related services especially the women who handle health issues in households, thus promoting disposable incomes. The project will lead to the Improvement in the efficiency and quality of housing through appropriate research in building materials and technologies, repair and maintenance. The project will promote efficient utilization of energy and other resources in housing, so as to address issues of environmental conservation. The project will foster the sustainable use of renewable energy and use of solid and liquid wastes for energy generation and re-use. The increased green belt in the project area in form of lawns and trees will act as carbon sinks that reduce Green House Gas Emissions blue print The Municipal revenue will be boasted through increased property and ground fees which will be utilized to provide other social services to the communities. The capacity of the successful financial intermediaries partnering in the project will built and their accreditation further improved through the project The identified beneficiary communities, individuals and Institutions are critical players in the overall development of the two Municipalities). Regular and clear communication between government, the community and the private sector is crucial. However, as subnational governments we acknowledge our resource constraints and, often, lack of experience in providing services and support to and partnering with the private sector. We therefore know that training and capacity development in multiple areas for the technocrats, leaders, communities and the private sector on roles, responsibilities and inter-link ages; necessary to foster the aspirations of the different parties will be important to the successful implementation of this project. Areas of capacity development needed to be prioritized under the project will include: private sector development, public private partnerships, urban planning, e-governance, citizen engagement, affordable housing models and financing mechanisms suitable for different income groups, and transportation development and management, among others. Formation and capacity of Housing Development Forums at community, Divisions and Municipality levels will be spearheaded by relevant stakeholders in each of the beneficiary Municipality to promote active public, private and civil society dialogues and participation of the relevant metro area stakeholders in resource mobilization, implementation of the strategy and monitoring. The for a will serve as avenues for identification, appraisal and prioritization of beneficiaries as well as establishment of the financial support required, repayment capacity.


The low income earners who are faced with indecent housing conditions (settlements and number of beneficiaries shall be selected during feasibility stage)

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals


SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

The project will embrace energy saving technologies like bulbs, stoves and renewable energy especially solar. The project will also have a component of waste to energy in form of biogas.

SDG 9 –  Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The project infrastructure inform of roads, water, power, drainage channels and sewers will not only serve the project beneficiaries but also surrounding communities, the roads will improve interconnectivity while drainage channels will help communities cope with rampant floods. The local community members will acquire skills and experience in setting various infrastructures which can be replicated elsewhere. The market for local products will be boasted by the demand for different inputs under the project. The project will only utilize materials whose production or later use does not degrade the environment.

SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities

The project is intended to address the acute housing shortage in the two entities through provision of affordable housing. The project will be sustainable and only utilize materials whose production does not negatively impact on the environment. The project will improve livability of the communities but also building their resilience to vagaries of climate change, besides disaster risk management at all levels will be taken care of. The project ensure full participation of the beneficiaries and other stakeholders at all levels.

SDG 17 – Partnerships to Achieve the Goals

A project of this nature can only succede with the participation of different partners, at the local level Makindye Ssabagabo Municipal Council partnered with Nansana Municipal Council, however other development partners on a regional and International level are still needed to support the project in form of financial, technical, moral. The project is ready to link up with different partners to build on good practices related to similar projects.

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

  • Lack of focused research and experimental projects.
  • Different land tenure systems.
  • Financing limitations.

Risk mitigation and continuity

During formulation of project management plan, strategies to ensure continuity in case of such eventualities will be embedded in the project design.


Type of Investment


Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment


Committed Government Funding

Yes. $1,021,631.00

National and Subnational Investors

Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality $979,878.00; Upgrading of road network $1,213.00; Solar street lighting Nansana Municipality $40,540.00 Upgrading of road network

Committed Private Funding



Technical Support Required

  1. Refine/ complement demand/market study.
  2. Improve project design and choice of technical options.
  3. Improve project bankability.
  4. Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment.
  5. ESIA or EIA and/or related environmental and social studies.
  6. Areas of capacity development needed to be prioritized under the project will include: private sector development, public private partnerships, urban planning, e-governance, citizen engagement, affordable housing models and financing mechanisms suitable for different income groups, and transportation development and management, among others.


Governmental Buy-in

Yes. National Level, Subnational/regional level.

Other Forms of Governmental Support

The government will put in place relevant policies and eliminate red tape

National Ministries Involved

Mr. Byendaimira Vincent, Director Physical Planning and Urban Development, Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Uganda

SubNational Ministries Involved

Makindye Ssabagabo Mayor, Mr. Lumbuye Gerald Nsubuga
Nansana Municipality Mayor and chairperson of Local Mayor’s Association, Ms. Nakazzi Regina

Other Entities Involved

Nansana Municipality Mayor and chairperson of Local Mayor’s Association, Ms. Nakazzi Regina Tel. No

Licenses and Permits



  • 10th February 2020

    Cities Investment Platform in progress - updates pending

  • 10th February 2020

    Project featured on the Cities Investment Platform, which was launched at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

Supporting Documents

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