Residents of Namuwongo B, a slum settlement in Kampala, will organize a Baraza, as a move to enhance their involvement in planning for their area.

The Baraza, the first of its kind in Namuwongo, will also enable the dwellers to holding the government accountable for public health service delivery in relation to the resources spent. Baraza is a Swahili word meaning a public meeting or dialogue.

The community dialogue will be organized in Namuwongo, located in Makindye Division, on November 2, 2016. Duty bearers including Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and politicians representing the areas at all levels are expected to attend.

DRT believes Barazas are some of the avenues that create space for citizens to influence planning, allocation of resources, share information and give feedback to duty bearers through their participation in the foras.

In Kampala, about 64 per cent of the population live in slums. Kampala city has 57 slum settlements spread in the 5 divisions of Kampala central, Kawempe, Nakawa, Lubaga and Makindye. Kampala slums are characterized by substandard houses, social and economic isolation, irregular land ownership, low standards of sanitation, limited access to basic infrastructure and social services (Ministry of Land and Urban Development; 2008).

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