Open Streets Kampala (OSK) 2019:
OSK was carried out on 26th October at Bakery lane, along Namirembe road in Kampala city. It was open to the public to enable city dwellers, traders, travelers, and planers to collectively plan together as citizens to address existing urban/city challenges leading to the future cities they want. Participants were exposed to universal Design principles that ensure needs of pedestrians and bicyclists are adequately addressed in the planning, implementation, regulation and enforcement of roads and other rural and urban infrastructure.
The activities at the open streets included cycling, street games, dancing, Open Mic, walking, some dialogues and streets interviews. Even in cities where public space and public transport are safe and reliable, this can be difficult; it is especially so in places where these amenities are unsafe, unaffordable and unreliable. This is where temporary interventions such as car-free days can unlock a whole new approach to movement and mobility.
City Learning Exchange, October 24-25, 2019
The Learning Exchange included a 2 day workshop that was hosted by KCCA steered Dr. Amin Kiggundu Tamale’s discussion of the need for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Public Transport investment. The workshop was opened by the Deputy Executive Director of KCCA, Eng. Kayanja and later graced by Executive Director Eng. Andrew Kitaka. The attendance composed of different stake holders who included academicians, government officials, civil society, media, the business community and students.
The topics that were shared included urban planning, mobility in the city, the role of NMT in development, Access to Public Facilities and Open spaces by Marginalized groups (PWDs), Implementation of Green Growth and the New Urban Agenda and walk ability in the city.
Urban Manyata (on-line TV) : Smart cities are forward-looking, progressive and resource-efficient while providing at the same time a high quality of life. SC-TV will promote social and technological innovations and link existing infrastructures. They incorporate new energy, traffic and transport concepts that go easy on the environment. Their focus is on new forms of governance and public participation. Intelligent decisions need to be taken at the strategic level if cities want to become smart. It takes more than individual projects but careful decisions on long-term implementations. Considering cities as entire systems can help them achieve their ultimate goal of becoming smart. Smart cities forcefully tackle the current global challenges, such as climate change and scarcity of resources. Their claim is also to secure their economic competitiveness and quality of life for urban populations continuously on the rise.
East African Youth Resource Center (EAYRC): EAYRC is both Online and Physical space created (2018) to further support the youth led and support agencies across the region (EAC) to facilitate data access, resource coordination as well as capacity programmes for and by youth. Partner organization supporting process include; TEENS, AYDL, Tibirusya Arts Academy, YLEC.
Search the Arts: Since 2018, TEENS explore the potential of immigrants, Refugees and New-comers through the promotion of Culture and Arts to further tap into the knowledge, skills for migrants than viewing them in a perspective of At-Risk populations and burdens to host countries. We believe that migrants are resources, and do contribute to the development of their new homes. We partner with Sir Nelson International College a foundation for foreign language students from over eight (8) nations participating in the cultural and Arts learning exchange program. The programme further supports the implementation of SDG11# for us to leave no-one Behind.