The project has four components

Preparation of migration profile to improve knowledge on urban migration

This project will conduct research to generate evidence that will deepen and understanding and knowledge on the migration situation, trends, challenges and opportunities in Jinja, and how they impact the development of a sustainable, resilient city. It will produce an urban migration profile and document capacity needs that will inform Jinja Council on how to integrate migrants into the urban economy. All analytical work will include a gender perspective to better meet the needs of the many women who make up the city’s poor migrant population.

Design a sustainable migrants’ livelihood improvement model

The project will support migrant and poor host communities to access economic opportunities and decent housing. A primary focus is on financial inclusion, which will allow poor residents to build financial literacy and access saving and credit schemes to drive investments into local small enterprises.

The project will establish a partnership with a financial institution to establish a Community Development Fund (CDF) and a community housing upgrading Scheme. Through the CDF, community-based finance schemes will be established that will service those engaged in informal activities or SMEs like the boda-boda riders, market vendors, fish mongers etc. Through the community housing upgrading scheme, slum dwellers (both migrants and long-term residents) will access funding that will help them have decent housing. Women and youth will make up about half of the beneficiaries of both schemes. To complement these schemes, Jinja City Council will emphasize improving basic services such as electricity connection, solar power, water, and waste management in the two slums of Kibugambata and Soweto.

Training and capacity enhancement of key stakeholders

Based on the capacity needs and gaps identified, project support will also focus on conducting a series of trainings and capacity enhancement sessions to increase stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of how migration can be leveraged for the benefit of all Jinja’s residents, including setting up and running viable enterprises. Toolkits, manuals, and other capacity enhancement will be developed and used in trainings and demonstrations. The toolkits and manuals will be designed in a way that they can be adapted and utilized by the city to receive, document and handle migrants’ livelihood needs on a continuous basis.

A core of trained trainers will be put in place to conduct training and capacity enhancement on a continuous basis. In addition, based needs identified and existing best practices for addressing migrants’ needs in the city and elsewhere, city migration strategy will be developed in a collaborative/participatory manner to promote the creation of a new governance model for migrants’ management and sustainable integration in city economies and communities.

Learning and knowledge management

The project will systematically and efficiently document and disseminate the knowledge, best practices and lessons learned to all intended target groups and beneficiaries and the wider public while fostering wider networking between government (national and local), academia, civil society and urban communities. The knowledge products will also be shared nationally and internationally shared via various platforms such media, urban forums, policy briefs, published papers, training workshops and conferences. The project will devise a systematic mechanism for knowledge management and document learning from the project. An e-learning platform will be established to enhance learning and information sharing.

In addition, the project will feature annual national urban migration forums and bi-annual city and division workshops to facilitate exchange of knowledge, ideas and best practices.