National Youth Congress 2018 on Smart Cities

Some of the Congress participants

The National Youth Congress (NYC) 2018 was convened by TEENS Uganda in conjunction with like-minded organizations under the theme; “Accelerating the Contributions of the Youth towards the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda”. The NYC was commemorated with many complementary support activities including an excursion with focused learning objectives on urban waste management with Lubigi Wet land and sewage Treatment Plant as a case in point, and sustainable urban transport Kiteezi dumping site for bio-energy options, and Kyanja KCCA Agricultural project for urban food secure systems on the 25th of July. The peak of commemoration, on 26th of July 2018 at Makerere University (Food Science & Bio-Engineering Conference Hall) highlighted more focused dialogue with keynotes and side sessions on the topic of smart cities to further interrogate the perspectives of youth and young professionals on the subject. The meeting attracted participants from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), researchers, media, students as well as representatives from line Government ministries specifically the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development. The Chief Guest and key note speaker was the former speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly; Hon. Margret Nantongo ZZiwa and the moderator of the day was Mr. Moses Egunyu (IRI). The NYC 2018 aimed at achieving the following objectives;

OVERALL OBJECTIVE: The core objective of the NYC was to position youth as concerned, thoughtful citizens, capable of participating in, and changing the society of which they are a part; and that they have an important role to play in addressing and affecting the issues that define cities and sustainable communities. Purposely, the congress aimed to motivate youth enthusiasm, imagination and abundant energy to undertake local actions, act as effective communicators in their communities and be involved to inform policies on smart cities, environment and bio-diversity and to empower and strengthen young individuals and youth movements to take responsibility for and action against climate change. Following all programme contributors knowledge, experience and expertise gathered by being actively involved in the AUYA, International Youth Dialogue (Malaysia) and COY13, the congress would monitor and report progress at country level.

Specific Objectives:

  1. To provide a platform for youth in Uganda to share knowledge and solutions; and to make commitments towards the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
  2. To facilitate partnerships amongst youth and youth organizations that will ensure effective youth participation in the implementation of the Green Growth Strategy and the New Urban Agenda.
  3. To introduce policy dialogue to youth on Bio-safety, water management, Energy Efficiency and integrate transport systems for sustainable Cities and communities.
  4. To profile and disseminate models of urban youth- led development, developed by youth led organizations and other development agencies
  5. To Provide Space for accountability and plan for action by urban authorities.
Accelerating the Contributions of the Youth towards the Implementation of the New Urban AgendaTaking Small Actions for Innovative, Socially Minded and Smart Cities

July 26, 2018, Kampala Uganda

Hosts: Makerere University


The annual National Youth Congress is our marquee event, which attracted over 700 Youth in 2014. This year is going to be bigger and better because of:

  • National Green Growth Development Strategy [Vision 2040]
  • New Urban Agenda (Habitat III)
  • Ms. Lara Petricevic [Guest Speaker]
  • BONUS: Urban Ecological Tour, City walk and Cultural Evening

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Ms. Lara Petricevic

Lara Petricevic, Resident Country Director, Uganda and Southern Africa, International Republican Institute (IRI)









Ms. Amanda Ngabirano

Urban Planning Lecturer, Makerere University; Managing Director, Goudappel Africa Ltd

Dr. Steve Cinderby

PhD Environment “The Development, Application and Evaluation of Participatory Geographic Information System Methodologies for Improved Environmental Decision Making”, University of York, (completed 2014)

Event Video: (still under construction)

Registrations (mind the Deadlines)  US$120 for internationals participants (to cover registration, meals, utilities and local transport). 

Programme Submission

Sponsorship (If you will would like to sponsor, please contact the finance team.) Denis Mwendo: +256 757276959, Email:

Speakers: Tim Mugerwa: +256758752896,


Related Resources:

UN Habitat Urban Gate Way


18th Melaka International Youth Dialogue