Kampala Central Division: Contact person: MDF President; Mr. Ssemambo Yusuf – 0712965388. The following are the persons working hand in hand with him; Name Contact Representing 1. Musomesa Alex Kyakonge 0772 188175 Religion 2. Jemima Kwomu Kisakye 0794 660090 Government 3. Mayanja Peter Lwanga 0701 965890/0794 661290 Government 4. Agaba Marlon 0776 866527/0706 427906 NGO 5. Ssentogo Mugaga 0701 668393 CBO 6. Birabwa Hadijah 0777 094881 CBO 7. Naziwa Gladys 0781 494961 Individual 8. Aisha Kizza 0752 933548 Private sector 9. Kanenzi Ann 0772 495437/0701 495437 Professional 10. Magezi Abdul Nasser 0782 902259 Academia 11. Semambo Yusuf 0789 552388 Settlement Forum 12. Kaddu Justine 0773 382801 Settlement Forum 13. Bongole Joseph 0782 227389 Settlement Forum Kawempe Division: Contact person: MDF President; Mr. Kiridde Michael – 0706 547730 The following are the persons working hand in hand with him; Name Representing Contact Kagolo Erias Academia 0703 979210 Kisule Sharifa Individuals 0778 676291 Mutumba George Media 0701 185252 Zamin Nsibambi Settlement forum 0714 609291 Mivule Abbey Settlement forum 0752 519424 Namakula Christine Settlement forum 0757 242434 Kigongo Sulaimani Private sector 0712 539200 Lubuka Sulaimani C.B.O 0778 081313 Saidi Bbaale Religion 0772 884381 Sarah Manana (AMREF) NGO 0772 590071 Gusongoirye David (CDO) Government 0794 660096 Katungi Robert (TC) Government 0794 661247 Daniel Mayombwe Professionals 0702 566672 Mutyaba Ponsiano Development partner 0775 196134 Rubaga Division: Contact Person: MDF President; Mr. Kisaabagire Andrew – 0758 607149. The following are the people working hand in hand with him; Name Representing Contact Kaaya Rajab Academia 0704-167711 Damba Isma Media 0700-261000 Mayanja Faziir Settlement Forum 0782-542041 Sendyowa Sam (councilor) Settlement Forum 0712-991438 Namusoke Viola Settlement Forum 0751-557167 Kirungi Charles Private sector 0714-143762 Ssamula Matovu John C.B.O 0753-522573 Kalanzi Getrude C.B.O 0754-784306 Kajubi Bosco NGO 0702-266245 Acram Makumbi NGO 0700-635792 Mpyanga Godfrey Government 0794-660073 Kamporuru Allen Government 0700-490266
Inclusive urban planning requires two key ingredients: 1) spaces for engagement between all urban development stakeholders – especially the urban poor; and 2) organizational capacity within communities of the urban poor so that their voices can be most efficiently and effectively communicated. ACTogether and the NSDFU have worked hard at institutionalizing such spaces in order to institutionalize inclusive urban planning and active citizenship. These spaces take many forms, but the most promising in Uganda have been the settlement and municipal development forums.
Municipal Development Forums provide the space for all urban development stakeholders to come together and plan for urban development. The municipal forums in Uganda are hosted by the Municipal Council, but they are governed by an executive comprised of representatives from slum dweller organizations, NGOs, academia, the private sector, and the municipal council.
For an organized community of the urban poor to be truly representative of its people it has to bring ideas, aspirations, and concerns from the settlement level to the city, national, and international stage. At settlement level forums communities can discuss the most pressing concerns to their local community and these ideas can be communicated to the municipal level forum.
The forums promote institutional strengthening on a number of fronts: on the one hand, communities enhance their capacity to articulate their priorities and negotiate within formalized structures; while on the other hand, the capacity of municipal governments to respond to their citizens will increase the relevance of management and planning systems, contribute to more effective and efficient development projects, and strengthen overall governance. Beyond mere project cooperation, the forums aim to institutionalize the role of communities in inclusive and sustainable urban development.
COMMUNITY VOICE: As far as MDFs are concerned – one of the achievements is that the community – especially federation – have their voices heard in these forums and in fact in most cases we dominate. Because, we know our problems from the ground and we have our enumeration data to identify problems and support the projects we come up with. We have also managed to mobilize ward/settlement forums so we can discuss our problems and prepare to be as strong as we can for the MDF. We don’t do this alone. We involve ward leaders, then we find that when we come to the planning process our voices are now being included. In Mbale our priorities are now reflected in the municipality’s 5-year development plan. The forum was a key part of that achievement. Federation has become the champion of the forum. Actually as federation we are ready to mobilize forums in 9 new municipalities that have been brought on board in TSUPU. We are now specialized at this task!
SemandaTwaha Bin Musa, NSDFU leader Mbale