Charting a Path Together: Uganda’s Municipal Development Forums

by James Tayler

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In Uganda, Municipal Development Forums (MDFs) have emerged as a critical platform for government and community to come together to voice issues and come up with solutions together. As Mr. Kiberu Hassan, NSDFU Chairperson, stated in the opening of the Makindye Municipal Development Forum, “Forums aim at discovering, sharing and finding collective ways of handling pressing issues affecting communities that is community based issues from all communities represented on the forum.” 

Some of the key issues that arose in the forums held in Kawempe, Makindye (both divisions of Kampala), and Rubaga include: settlement cleanliness and garbage collection; flooding and drainage; safety and security; land grabbing; sanitation; tax and small business concerns; and health.

Visit the ACTogether blog to read forum minutes and learn more about what happens when organised communities and local government come together to identify issues and devise solutions.