According to the slum upgrading strategy and action plan by Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (2008), slums in Uganda are characterized by poor standard houses, social and economic isolation, irregular land ownership, low standards of sanitation and limited access to basic infrastructures. The participation of slum dwellers in the local government decision makers is also still low. This implies that their input in the local government plans and programmes is still minimal.
It is upon that background that Kampala Tugende (a 5 year project; 2014-18) focusing on transforming Kampala slums was initiated. The project is implemented by LWF in collaboration with ACTogether and DRT and aims at addressing some of the service delivery challenges faced by slum dwellers in the city. Kampala Tugende is under the Kampala Slum Transformation Initiatives (KASTI), a loose consortium of Comic Relief Funded initiatives aimed at promoting joint engagement of duty bearers and learning together.
The project aims at supporting slum dwellers to organize themselves as a federation to meaningfully participate in urban governance; decision making and to play a role in the delivery of basic services in their areas.