About Project Partners

Jinja City

Jinja city is the lead project partner. Jinja City local government under the Uganda Local Government’s Act 1997. It carries out planning under the Local Government Leal Planning framework, including preparation of 10-year and 5-year Development Plans and annual budgets. The City however faces a number of challenges which include lack of capacity to carry out the municipal man date of planning and implementing the plans, this has caused planning fatigue. The main economic activities in Jinja Municipality are: commercial activities that take place in the Central Business District (CBD); Service Sector; Manufacturing Sector; Construction; Agriculture.

Jinja City Roles:

Makerere University

Makerere University (MAK) is a premier public University in Uganda, and is one of the oldest and most precious universities in Africa. It is ranked among the 10 best African Universities. Makerere started in 1922 as Technical College became an independent national university through an Act of Parliament, the Makerere University Act 1970. The University is a legal entity (public university) in Uganda as derived from the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act (2001) as amended. The University has over 38,000 students on undergraduate and graduate programmes, of which 52% are male and 48% are females. MAK currently has over 1,600 academic staff, more than half with PhDs, 6% are full Professors and 10% are Associate Professors. The university offers a wide range of disciplines including: agriculture, business, education, engineering, environment, human and animal health/medicine, law, as well as natural and social sciences.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is one of the ten Constituent Colleges of Makerere University. The College conducts research, training, community engagement and capacity building in the fields of sustainable agriculture and food systems, environmental and natural resources management, and climatic sciences. With about 3,000 students and slightly over 202 academic staff (scientists), CAES collates critical national to global knowledge centres that underpin development of the agricultural and environmental sectors, including urban planning and development of Uganda and other regional economies. Through strong field-based research programmes backed by laboratory experiments, the College generates technology and innovations for improving agriculture, forestry, environment management, climate change response within the context of sustainable development. The College conducts outreach activities to disseminate the solutions beyond the university and country.

Makerere University Roles:

  • Conduct a baseline study to provide an information base for project implementation and monitoring
  • Develop and maintain a web-portal and database for repository of knowledge products, information sharing and e-learning
  • Conduct an end line study to document project results, achievements and lessons learned
  • Support other partners in monitoring, evaluation and learning


ACTogether Uganda is a locally based Non-Government Organization that was founded in 2006 and registered under the Non-Government Organizations Registration ACT, Cap 113 (Registration No. 6853) in 2011; with the sole purpose of providing technical support to the National Slum Dwellers Federation. As such, the organization is affiliated to Slum Dwellers’ International (SDI). As the secretariat and technical arm of the Federation, the organization is charged with developing the programming work of the Federation. The National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda (NSDFU) is a movement of the urban poor that consists of community saving groups that save daily and meet at least once per week to discuss community issues and coordinate programs and projects to build upon their strengths and address their concerns. These groups whose members are slum dwellers are networked and federate at the regional and national level. Internationally, the groups are networked with other slum dwellers in over thirty countries under the Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) network. Together; ACTogether Uganda and National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDFU) form the Uganda alliance of SDI.

Currently, this alliance is actively operating in all capital city, Kampala; and in the secondary cities of Arua, Jinja, Kabale, Mbale and Mbarara.

ACTogether Uganda Core Program Areas: Savings & Livelihoods; Pro-poor data collection through; Slum Profiling, Enumerations and Mapping; Pro-Poor Governance and Advocacy; slum upgrading through pilot projects that demonstrate the centrality of community participation.

ACTogether Role:

Cities Alliance

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)