We champion and promote best practices in international urban development and management. We are at the forefront of supporting Uganda’s towns to grow into well planned urban centers and cities that are pleasant to both the citizens and visitors. We facilitate coherent and timely development and planning of road transport and urban development in Uganda with particular emphasis on roads, municipal planning and sustainable transport management both in rural and urban areas.
We are adherents of transportation and urban planning and management. We work for change in the way cities and towns in Uganda are evolving. We would love to see growth of organized cosmopolitans in Uganda providing conducive living and working conditions for all Ugandans. Our vision is to have all Ugandans living in conducive, safe and organized environment. We advocate for inclusive sustainable urban development with modern, efficient and safe transport systems and integrated land use planning. Our real impact is to help create efficient and successful cities through working with various stakeholders by providing sensible solutions to prevailing challenges facing our cities.
Supporting Urban Planning and Transportation agenda for Uganda
There are very few countries in Africa with comprehensive national urban policies. Yet the main reason for urban sprawl is lack of planned extension and city growth. As cities expand without plan, so does urban sprawl and misguided urban mobility and transportation complexity. The Centrality of the transport and urban development to economic transformation cannot be over emphasized. Urbanization when well managed is the best means to deliver national economic growth. As such, any country that desires to develop into a modern well-developed state must pursue sustainable urban planning and development. Urban areas are the engines of growth because of the number of people they hold and the abundant opportunities they offer. A lot of attention therefore is needed to transform urban centers in line with the country’s vision 2040 and beyond. Unregulated town sprawl leads to slums, and poor housing in towns and cities together with attendant challenges of the urban poor. For a long time, in Uganda urban growth has always been largely uncontrolled and unregulated. From a strategic perspective, it is important that towns come up with short and long term plans of the physical development and expansion trend.
Uganda’s towns are growing at a high speed due to population pressures and with this is the substantial demand for transport infrastructure growth both within the towns and the interconnection between the urban centers. Rapid urbanization in Uganda presents tremendous challenges to the transport systems of expanding towns and cities if they are to meet the access and mobility needs of our communities and provide them with sustainable, safe urban areas with efficient transport systems. Transportation Management in Uganda calls for a new approach that is comprehensive in nature to meet the public needs and address various mobility management challenges. Timely intervention is likely to lead to fewer evictions, less compensation costs, managed real estate development and better traffic flow within urban areas, and most importantly public support. Urbanization therefore presents a tremendous opportunity for Uganda in its efforts towards transformation into a modern economy. URSSI is at the forefront of this change effort.
Promoting Climate Change awareness and action
Urbanization and climate change are among the most complex challenges of the 21st century worldwide. Urban areas and their immediate surroundings are widely acknowledged to be among the major contributors to Green House Gas emissions responsible for climate change, where the effects of it are most strongly perceived by the population.
To convert today’s urban areas into low-carbon and climate resilient urban environments, action needs to be taken to reshape the urban form, modify the land use structure, renew infrastructure systems, and improve the provision of key urban services. Urban regeneration actions can help creating low-carbon urban environments provided with improved public transportation, necessary land-use elements and strong infrastructure facilities. If incorporated with an ecological understanding, they can facilitate the development of a network of green and blue infrastructure, and provision of sustainable infrastructure systems.
The global challenges of urbanization and climate change require a new emphasis on the planning of urban settlements and a revitalized partnership between the different actors – national and local authorities, enterprises, civil society organizations, households and individuals. It is obvious that the challenges associated with the process of urbanization will complicate responses to climate change. On the other side, well planned urbanization will also offer opportunities to develop climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
URSSI produces a series of educational brochures on environmentally friendly lifestyles, and green building adoptions. We also carry out Capacity Building, and build partnerships in co-creating environmental education material, transfer of technical knowledge, and developing of urban regeneration schemes.
Information Communication and Research
URSSI carries out research, advocacy and dissemination of information on issues related to National Road Transport Budget by offering an unbiased look at the how funds are allocated and spent in this sub-sector. We carry out Independent Budget Analysis and promote budget literacy for the public to create awareness about how the money allocated to roads is utilized. We involve communities in road monitoring by availing them with simple, easy-to-use tools that guide and help them to hold both government and contractors accountable for ongoing and completed works. We work closely with various research groups and institutions.
We campaign for effective remedies, actions and responses to road safety issues and provide appropriate approaches to address major road safety risk factors and to halt or reverse road traffic deaths in Uganda. URSSI engages in public awareness and education to improve road user behaviour threreby improving the safety of roads for the benefit of all road users. We encourage the development and adoption of model road safety legislation and sustained enforcement of road safety regulations and standards.
Our Programmes are interconnected and linked to each other i.e. efficient utilization of resources allocated to roads development and maintenance leads to a better transport system that is efficient and safe serving an integrated and fully planned urban areas. We pride ourselves as being the first-of-a-kind organization in East Africa. We benchmark best practices in global trends, which we, in a practical way, share with our stakeholders for possible adoption and implementation.