Uganda’s urban population is currently just over 6 million, and growing at 5% a year. By 2040, the country’s total urban population could reach 20 million. Successfully managing the ongoing process of urbanisation will be a required condition for Uganda to become an upper middle-income country, as part of achieving its Vision 2040 agenda. However, as the country looks to deliver on its development commitments in the National Development Plan II (NDPII) by 2020, Uganda faces a number of immediate urban challenges. Historically, as high-income countries have developed, economic development has happened simultaneously with urbanisation. Yet in Uganda, like elsewhere in Africa, this relationship has largely broken down – “urbanisation without growth”. In addressing this imbalance, our analysis suggests that improved urban policy is not enough – correcting ongoing issues in the economy will be just as important for a successful urban transition. Uganda’s leaders understand that they will need to reconsider their growth model to deliver economic and social outcomes, at the same time as protecting natural capital, managing the impacts of climate change and using environmental policy to actually drive growth: a “green growth” model. At the request of the Government of Uganda, the New Climate Economy Partnership in Uganda was asked to improve understanding around the challenges and opportunities for green growth. The findings of this study are published in Achieving Uganda’s Development Ambition: The Economic Impact of Green Growth – An Agenda for Action.
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